As a Program Adviser at TEFL Heaven I often get asked about my own experiences of living and teaching in Thailand. Obviously there are lots of factors to consider when choosing where to live. But for me Bangkok really stood out as a place I wanted to experience for myself! So I thought I would share my experiences to provide a little insight to those considering Bangkok as an option...
Once I completed my TEFL course on Koh Samui, I was placed in a school called Rojirapa Kindergarten School in Thon Buri Bangkok.
After taking the shuttle coach from the Island back to Bangkok one of TEFL Heaven’s Assistants in Thailand helped my friend and I look for places near our school. He drove us to several different areas such as Udom Suk, Thong Lo and Chong Nonsi. But I didn’t want to commute to and from school every day, as rush hour in Bangkok is crazy!
We decided on a condo apartment called Nature Place just off a BTS stop called Talat Phlu. The building was really nice, safe and clean and it had a small reception area downstairs where you would collect your mail and communicate with the receptionist (although he spoke 0 English!). We were billed monthly for the apartment.
Our bills were around 8000-1000 Thai Baht a month and included room rental, a cleaner, water, electricity and WiFi. So this worked out as really cheap. Another reason why we loved this area - it had lots of good pharmacies, banks, 7/11s, Tesco Lotus’ and it was so close to the BTS stop that we could travel to the airport and fly to Bali, Cambodia or Laos for weekend mini break! Our condo was also close to a few Thai bars which were a great way to meet locals and a Western style Coffee Place with free WiFi, where we could go to relax and plan our next travel adventure!
Our condo was on the second floor and came furnished with a bed, wardrobe, table and chairs, a desk, air conditioning and a mirror. There was also a balcony area overlooking Bangkok and a nice sized en-suite shower room. My friend and I quickly fell in love with the place and paid a deposit of one months rent, so 10000 Thai Baht, so that we could move in straight away!
As soon as we were unpacked we went to MBK, a huge shopping centre that sold bedding and everything else that we needed to move in. But to be honest it is so hot in Thailand I mainly slept on top of my duvet/quilt!
The great thing about my condo was I was so close to a western style shopping mall called The Mall Ta Pra. In the Mall there was a huge movie theatre showing English films. There were also Thai events in the mall such as traditional Thai dancing, entertainment and a food court, which was really helpful if you wanted to a break from eating street food. Every now and then I would go there to indulge in home comforts such as steak and chips, homemade soup or even a McDonalds!
Just opposite the Mall, every night, locals would set up street markets with amazing authentic street food. With an amazing selection on offer, as so cheap, this is a great way to experiment with Thai food.
Here are my top tips for living in Bangkok:
Top 3 Places to go socialise at night:
Top 3 Places to shop:
Top 3 Places to visit:
In Bangkok there is so much to see and do but these were my top 3 places to visit:.
Top 3 Helpful websites to look at:
Top 3 events in Bangkok
If you want to talk to me about Thailand, or any other program please get in touch to find out more!
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