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Thailand's borders are currently open to foreign visitors. However, only folks willing to spend two weeks in quarantine and spend approximately USD 2,000 are allowed in. Everyone needs a visa regardless of nationality. They also need proof that they're Corona-free and possess an insurance policy of no less than US $ 100,000. Very few Airlines currently fly to Thailand and all foreigners are advised to contact the Thai Embassy in their home countries for the latest up-to-date information.
All arrivals have their temperatures taken and are not allowed to leave the airport; they are taken by buses to their prebooked chosen alternative state quarantine facilities for foreigners in Thailand where they must spend their first two weeks. They are not permitted to get in contact with anyone for obvious reasons. All hotels offer internet and cable TV. For more, we recommend you join this Facebook group, this wonderful blog. And, if you have additional questions you can ask in Thailand's biggest and most popular teaching jobs group.
TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION FOR NEW TEACHERS ARRIVING IN THAILAND
We are not affiliated to any of the accomodation suggested, but we can recommend Witchuwan Apartel on Rachada Soi 3 in Bangkok. Ideally located half a kilometer behind Fortune Mall and subway station MRT Param 9, which is connected to the Airport Rail Link and Makasan station. At Makasan station you can opt to flag down a taxi all the way to Witchuwan Apartel costing around 3 US$. All taxis are metered - point at the meter in case the driver forgets or refuses to turn it on! Take a taxi from the main road without crossing the busy Asoke road, or you can choose to take the subway at MRT subway station Petchburi to your destination MRT subway station Param 9. Your station is just one stop from MRT Petchburi subway station. If you decide on taking the subway from Petchburi station to Param 9 station, cross the road via the overhead pedestrian bridge conveniently connected to MRT subway station Petchburi. With heavy luggage it is recommended to take a taxi.
Witchuwan Apartel - popular with new teachers in Thailand around 22 USD
located in the heart of Bangkok a stone's throw from Subway Station MRT Param 9
Witchuwan Apartel is in a non touristy Thai area. The cost of most basic necessiities that you may need upon your arrrival in Bangkok are therefore inexpensive. The location is especially attractive for teachers who haven't found an employer yet as Wichuwan Apartel is located in central Bangkok 500 meters from the nearest subway station MRT Param 9. There is a huge swimming pool, a bar, and a gym on the rooftop of this apartment/hotel. Room rates are low (550-750 Baht a night). There are 100 apartment complexes in that same area, making it extremely convenient to move to even cheaper or better accommodation. You can pay daily, weekly or monthly at Witchuwan Apartel. We suggest you pay for your first two nights there, then decide if this place is for you long term or not. There is WIFI but it is shared. The free internet speed "may" not suit digital nomads seeking super high speed internet. Having said this, you can easily pick up a high speed internet package that includes a SIM for your phone and use it as a hotspot. Your passport is needed to purchase a Thai SIM card in any of the 7/11 convenience stores nearby.
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We can recommend one of Thailand's most reputable teacher recruitment agencies Teachers for Thailand to teachers who want a job ready waiting for them; they do Skype internviews, airport pick-up, help with accommodation and assist with work permits. They only recruit degreed native speakers, though. There are many teacher recruitment agencies in Thailand, many are legit, some aren't. Always ask for the agency's license and registration number prior to commiting yourself to the job. Avoid agencies that don't pay for sick days, public holidays, or visa trips. Some agencies offer short four months contracts. These types of contracts often come with little or no benefits and are perhaps more suitable for backpackers who want to earn just enough to fund an extra month or two travelling around Thailand.
KruTeacher also recommends newbies to join Thailand's biggest most popular discussion forum where members can ask questions and/or share and exchange information on the teaching scene in Thailand.
Recommended for teachers and students alike is a website by Thailand teacher/blogger Mr. Richard Barrow for learning English called The English Room. Richard created this website as an e-learning project for students at Sriwittayapaknam School in Samut Prakan. Students at this school, including kindergarten, go up to the computer room and use the website at least once a week. Richard allows free access for students from Thailand and around the world to use the website for free. There is no annoying advertising and so safe for children to use by themselves. New quizzes are being added all the time. One of the ways Sriwittayapaknam School use The English Room website is to prepare their students for the Primary 6 O-Net national English exams. Their Primary 4 and 5 students take this exam unofficially to see how prepared they are. Primary 4 students at Sriwittayapaknam School are averaging 72% (some as high as 97%) and Primary 5 students are averaging around 83% (some 100%). The national average for 2018's O-NET exam was very low at 35%. KruTeacher and Richard Barrow hope more students and teachers use this free website, then Thailand can get that national average up!
Best bookstores for buying ESL and subjects textbooks in English are D.K. Today, they own several branches throughout the greater Bangkok area. For a list of branches go here. Best second is probably Chulalongkorn's university bookstore located on their Siam Square campus behind the British Council building. And the third best is probably Kinokuniya, a Japanese chain bookstore based inside the huge Paragon mall. One can visit them all in a matter of hours - D.K. Chula, Kinokunya all have branches at Siam Square (BTS skystrain station Siam Square).
If you love holidays, you will most certainly love Thailand. Thailand has numerous holidays ideal for travelling and discovering the country.
Holidays in 2021
1 January - Friday New Year's Day - National holiday
9 January - Saturday National Children's Day - Observance
16 January - Saturday Teachers' Day - Observance
12 February - Friday Chinese Lunar New Year's Day - Observance
13 February - Saturday Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year - Observance
14 February - Sunday Third day of Chinese Lunar New Year - Observance
14 February - Sunday Valentine's Day - Observance
26 February - Friday Makha Bucha - National holiday
20 March - Saturday - March Equinox Season
6 April - Tuesday Chakri Day - National holiday
13 April - Tuesday Songkran - National holiday
14 April - Wednesday Songkran - National holiday
15 April - Thursday Songkran - National holiday
1 May - Saturday Labor Day - Bank holiday
3 May - Monday Labor Day observed - Bank holiday
4 May - Tuesday Coronation Day - National holiday
11 May - Tuesday Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day - National holiday
26 May - Wednesday Visakha Bucha - National holiday
3 June - Thursday Queen Suthida's Birthday - National holiday
21 June - Monday June - Solstice Season
24 July - Saturday Asalha Bucha - National holiday
25 July - Sunday Buddhist Lent Day - National holiday
26 July - Monday Asalha Bucha observed - National holiday
26 July - Monday Buddhist Lent Day observed - National holiday
28 July - Wednesday King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday - National holiday
12 August - Thursday The Queen's Birthday - National holiday
23 September - Thursday September - Equinox Season
13 October - Wednesday Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol - National holiday
23 October - Saturday Chulalongkorn Day - National holiday
25 October - Monday Chulalongkorn Day - Observed National holiday
31 October - Sunday Halloween - Observance
19 November - Friday Loy Krathong - Observance
5 December - Sunday King Bhumibol's Birthday/Father's Day - National holiday
6 December - Monday King Bhumibol's Birthday/Father's Day - Observed National holiday
10 December - Friday Constitution Day - National holiday
21 December - Tuesday December - Solstice Season
24 December - Friday Christmas Eve - Observance
25 December - Saturday Christmas Day - Observance
31 December - Friday New Year's Eve - National holiday