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Monday, 23 November 2015

TEFL Course Phuket - Want to join a TEFL Course?

TEFL Course In Phuket, Thailand

Before leaving for Thailand I booked myself onto a TEFL Course (Teach English as a Foreign Language). I didn't know much about TEFL apart from it would be good to have and to get work. Once more, it would be at a Phuket resort, so I had the chance to do a course in a lovely part of Thailand. The course was to be a three week intensive guide to teaching with teaching practice, brilliant, all booked and ready to go.

Once I had done my pre-travelling in Thailand, I headed to Phuket ready for my course. I'd never been here before and it was great to see a new place. I booked my accommodation before I arrived, and it was on the doorstep of the TEFL training center, so it meant I could have a sneaky lie-in before class. I also had internet and air-con, which made for a perfect abode.

Length of TEFL Course

The course ran from Monday to Fridays 8am until 3pm. With lunch in between. I weren't sure how I was going handle sitting down and listening for long periods of time, after all, I was the King of Sleeping in classes at University. But it was overall a great experience. Lasted 3 consecutive weeks.

Tefl Training Phuket

About The TEFL Course

The course: The course was great, full of information you needed to get started, and very intense. We had to do a presentation in front of the group on the second day, so I whacked out a PGL repeat after me song, which i had in my repertoire, I think the group liked it. They taught us the basics of getting in front of the class, and there was never any real pressure to be perfect. The group was small, we had 8 people on it, all destined to teach - all very strange too. The tutor and owner both knew what they were talking about, and made the nervous one's feel relaxed about it all.

All the people on the course were great accept one! Total B****! But the less said about that the better! Made some interesting friends all out here for different reasons. Some were finding new lives, some were taking gap years! And one didn't want to do it and mooooaanned about everything! I'm glad I met them all, I think!

The Best Part Of The TEFL Course

The Children: Best thing about the course going into school to practice! Thai kids are awesome, the boys punch and kick you the girls hug you! And the teacher, me, chase them around like i'm a monster, and hit the slides for a bit of fun! They loved it teacher on slide! Played games with them in classroom, taught them letters and numbers, and had a whole lot of fun! I'll write more about my school I went to work with at another time.

Teaching Course Recommendation

Was it worth it? The TEFL Course was 1 million per cent worth it, training in the classroom and school. Meeting so many people, teaching English to bar girls! Without a TEFL certificate it is a little harder to get a job in a Asian school, they want to see you have experience, and a TEFL gives you this! Would I do it again? Yes, I would. Interested?

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Thailand News - 21st November 2015

Police in ChiangMai, Thailand  are looking for 2 Thailand girls who may have drugged and robbed two foreign tourists (one American and one Canadian) in the early hours of Friday.

The men had met the girls, probably at a gogo bar, and agreed to go to a hotel, where they were apparently drugged and left unconcious whilst the girls robbed them.

Apparently, before they left the bar, they were give some fruit which contained the drugs. Maybe they should have left the forbidden fruit alone.

Manager Online reported that the men told officers that the women gave them some fruit to eat shortly after arriving back at their hotel room. A short time later the men were unconscious and didn’t wake up until the following morning when they discovered they had been robbed.

The Canadian man had two phones robbed (who needs two phones) and his credit card, whilst the American had 'valuables' of up to 10000 missing from his room.

These men were 100 per after sex, so I say it serves them right, this time they were exploited!

Meanwhile... In Phuket The Water Reserves Are Running Dry --

The following report comes from Phuket News
The news comes Just four weeks ago Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada publicly announced there was enough water on the island for everyone until the next rainy season arrives in May next year. 
Phuket Vice Governor Dr Prachiad Aksornthamakul, who sits on the provincial water supply committee, this week called on everyone across the island to keep reserves of at least 200 litres of water in their homes in “case of emergency”.
In Wichit, that “emergency” occurs all too often, with entire residential areas having their water mains supply redirected to serve other nearby areas on rotation, confirmed Chatchai Meechai, chief of the PWA’s water management division.
“There is not enough water pressure to ensure water supply consistently reaches homes all along Cape Panwa,” he said.“We do the best we can, and we only reduce water pressure – not shut it off – every two days, so that one area, such as Khao Khad, has consistent pressure for two days, then the next area, say the end of Cape Panwa, has consistent pressure the next two days.”
Comments from residents however, many of which are regularly posted on the PWA’s Facebook page, indicate that the “reduced” water pressure means there is not enough pressure for water to pour from taps, effectively leaving the home with no running water at all.


The effect is not only at the far reaches of Cape Panwa. Residents along Sakdidet Rd and even on Pattana Thongtin Rd, but also within a few hundred meters of the Wichit Municipality main office, are often without water.
Sakkamol Khawillaikul, chairman of the Wichit Municipal Council, knowns the problem well. “This issue is not new. We have been struggling with this for some time,” he said candidly.

“There is not enough water for people in Wichit, simply because the water mains pipes are too small and the increasing number of accommodations and residents in the area.

“We always follow up this issue and try to provide enough water for everybody and the PWA always respond the best they can – as the water supply pipes are their responsibility – but we still don’t have enough water.”

Wichit Municipality is looking for land to create a natural reservoir to help provide an alternative water source closer to the community it serves, he added.

“I believe that this project will be finished next year,” Mr Sakkamol said.


Meanwhile, Mr Chatchai of the PWA says the problem is that Sakdidet Rd and areas further along the cape receive their water from mains that first supply Phuket Town. 

“Some residents in Wichit complain that they suffer water shortages more than any other areas, and this because Wichit receives water after Phuket City,” he said. 
“We do our best for people on Sakdidet Road, but the fast-growing high-density of the population living in the area has outpaced the ability of mains to serve them. 
“That is why the PWA has a project to upgrade water mains all across Phuket. This project should be complete by February 2016,” he added.
Mr Chatchai, however, did not elaborate specifically when the water supply mains would be rectified for the people of Wichit. 
He did, however, urge people with water supply problems to call the PWA hotline at 082-7901634.
“The PWA Call Centre is the best option. Please call us there if you need help,” he said.


Vice Governor Dr Prachiad’s diagnosis and prognosis concurred with tat of Mr Chatchai.
“Wichit is at the end of mains supply line, so the PWA is working on expanding water supply network now,” he said. 
“After, water mains pipes are in place, we will have improved water supply from the Bang Wad and Bang Niew Dum reservoirs, which will be enough supply for everybody.”
In the meantime, Dr Prachiad urged people to keep water reserves in their homes.
“In case of emergency, please inform the PWA directly,” he said.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Thailand Prepares To Lose English Language Teachers

Thailand Prepares To Lose English Language Teachers And Ajarns

Thai Foreign Education System Update - 2015

What's Going On With The Teachers?

Planning to cull English Foreign Language Teachers by replacing them with the Thai English Language Teachers. In a perfect world, this would be a great idea, to get rid of all the rabble that calls themselves a 'teacher'.

This isn't a perfect world, the students need a native teacher, so they can understand the tonnes and intonations of the English language – and for fun! Asian teachers are often criticized for their tough approach on students, take China for example, work work work, no play! Thailand follows China's lead, they only care about the grades. The number 1 job of an TEFL teacher, is to provide a class based on language skills rather than grammar. But, apparently the ministry of Education (Thailand) doesn't believe in this.

Great Students need Great Teachers

Thailand's plan is to Recruit the British Council trainers/teachers to teach up to 500 thai teachers that are proficient in English. This scheme is aptly named 'train-the-teachers'. These 'trained teachers' then will go back to the local government schools and 'train-the-teachers' on how to teach English language. This in itself would be poorly ran as they are planning to train these teachers in a small amount of time.

Deputy Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has stated the following:

"A group of teachers [will] join the programme [and] will be selected from all over the country. They have to be very good in English because after the six-week training programme, they must be role models and trainers for other English teachers in their schools or schools near their area."

Why are the Government doing this you may ask?

...well to Save money. Foreign Teacher earns sometimes triple the amount of a Thai teacher. For example a native English teachers salary (starting) could be 33,000thb and compare that to the 6000thb that young Thai teachers receive, then you can understand their reasoning.

As Thai teachers get older, their salaries rise until they are on the same amount as the foreign teacher. One of the reasons the foreign teachers salary is so high, is because otherwise 'teachers' wouldn't come to Thailand and teach the students.
Realistically – would teachers engage in this? Probably not, Thailand has a culture of 'losing face' and this happens quite easily. If another Thai teacher, tries to teach the Thai-English teacher spoken English, then the Thai-English teacher won't be happy and won't bother learning.

What can they do to improve the standard of teachers that they receive?

Many of the teachers from native countries give the English Teaching Community a bad name, through laziness, and bad behavior. They show lack of respect by not showing up to work, and create havoc in the small towns that they inhabit, or quite cruelly use the local girls, to make themselves feel better.

There are genuine foreign language teachers out there, the one's who go the extra mile. But sadly, as is the case at the moment. The decent teachers will stop working in Thailand, the students will then be left with some degenerate.

How Can They Improve The Quality of Ajarns?

Thailand could employ the same system as China, whereas, all Native English Teachers, need to have a degree and at least 2 years work experience. They also need to be a lot tougher on Visa regulations, for example in Isaan (north east Thailand), there are many teachers working illegally. This year they changed the working visa regulations, and made it more difficult to obtain double entry tourist visa's, hopefully this will not satisfy the young-hippy-traveller brigade that only teach with the means to earn money for beer.

Thailand really do need the native teachers, and we hope that this plan to train-the-teacher will be somewhat effective, even if it only proves that this whole strategy is wrong. Time will only tell, and with the implantation of ASEAN, Thailand might just realize how important native teachers are.  

Friday, 30 October 2015

Oil Slick hits Thailand Reaching Over 10km of Sandy Beaches

On the 27th October 2015 An oil slick about ten kilometers long hit the beach of Hua Hin producing horrid smells and driving away local and foreign tourists from the beach.

The presence of the oil slick prompted Hua Hin mayor Nopporn Wutthikul to seek help from the Navy to find out if the problem was caused by oil spills from commercial freighters or large fishing boats or any of those vessels sank in the sea off Hua Hin causing the oil spills.

Specimens of the oil slick were sent to the environment office for testing to confirm what had happened and how.

Huan Hin Beach

Hua Hin officer Sutthipong Klai-udom said it was initially suspected that the oil was deliberately dumped into the sea by a vessel dealing in contraband goods.
Tourists were advised not to venture into the sea for 1-2 days until the situation has returned to normal.
Government workers and local residents began cleaning up Hua Hin beach on Wednesday after the Prachuap Khiri Khan coastline was fouled with oil, tar balls and petroleum-coated garbage. The clean up began at 9am.
Tourists and locals should not go swimming in the sea unil notices have been put up by government officials.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Death of Citizen in Phuket Riots

One Man Diets in Phuket Riots

A rescue worker in Phuket has expressed his feelings on the Phuket riots at Thaland Police Station, he believes, because of roads and areas blocked off, that a hospital patient in transit couldn't get the service he needed from a hospital.

“An ambulance from Krabi was blocked from going to Bangkok Hospital Phuket by the mob and had to reroute to Thalang Hospital. The nurse provided CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] the entire time. However, the patient was pronounced dead on arrival,” 
He wouldn't give his real name, and went by the name of A.Wai on a Facebook post. 

“His condition started to worsen when the ambulance arrived in Phuket. Though it is impossible to say one way or the other if the blockade led to the man’s death, the mob without a doubt delayed the patient from getting the care he needed,” Mr A said.
The Governer in Phuket has released a statement:

 “I have not seen any official report, but I am sorry for the family who lost their loved one, at this stage, we are in the process of identifying all violent members of the mob,” Gov Chamroen said. “Guilty parties will not be able to elude officials, because the entire event was recorded by CCTV and police cameras."
 Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtad hasn't received any information about this and has urged the family involved to make a formal complaint. 

When people riot they need to be aware of ordinary citizens, their actions can effect others in a big way.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Thailand Braced For Chinese Tourists - 7 million

China Invades Thailand

This has been a incredible year so far, in more ways than one for Thailand. And now they have some welcoming news - Chinese tourism is expected to reach over 7 million by the end of this year. This is great news for the economy. This is also up from over 4 million in 2014.

One of the reasons for the rise in Chinese Tourism is the National Holiday on the 1st week of October, traditionally this holiday see's families and friends visiting hometowns and travelling abroad. It comes as no surprise that the national holiday is like a bank for other countries - the UK alone makes about 50 million pounds - in this very short period.

Minister of Tourism - Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul also believes that people see Thailand as somewhat a safe place to visit - after their reaction to the Thai bombings.
"Tourists have confidence again after we arrested the perpetrators. They have confidence in the government, police and the army."

The proximity of Thailand to China means its very easy for them to go for a holiday. With Chinese tourism you can also expect some poor behavioral issues. For example the lady on the Thai airways flight, she had boiling hot water thrown over her by an angry Chinese lady. Needless to say, the government now places travel restrictions on their own people who behave badly when visiting other countries, great move by China.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Out Of Control Riots in Phuket

Riots in Thaland, Phuket Cause Misery - 2 Deaths

Two young men were riding a moped and were chased by police. This escalated and now they are dead. Police state that they were drug suspects, and as soon as they seen a cop car, they sped off, which in turn, caused the police chase.

One of the young men has been named as Prathomwat Panarak, 22 the other young mans name has been witheld due to his age (17). 

The motorbike lost control and slammed head on into another oncoming patrol car near the entrance of Tonsai Waterfall Rd. The crash impact left both victims with severe head injuries and were both pronounced dead upon arrival at Thalang Hospital. - Phuket News

The angry mob then confronted the police about the situation which then led into riots. You can follow more information at Phuket News.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Phuket to Koh Phi Phi Thailand's Most Splendid Island.

The Island of Koh Phi Phi (not Koh PP or Koh Pi pi or even Pee Pee!)

Phi Phi island is located in the South of Thailand near Phuket. Here you can find cheap hotels for your stay. There's many things to do including water sports. Stay at Koh Phi Phi Don Hotels. Travel from Phuket to Phi Phi with ease.

After spending 3 nights in Krabi, I moved on. Time to visit a real jewel of an island in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is probably one of the smallest 'tourist' islands in the South. There are many islands on the south including Koh Phangyan
and Koh Samui.

Easily Travel from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

From here you can go out on boat trips across to other islands, you can sunbathe, get drunk and drink buckets. Phi Phi is a very small island and can be over-crowded so 
the option of a tour is inviting.


Travel By Ferry To Phi Phi

From Krabi, it takes around 4 hours by ferry, just don't drop your ticket in the sea
like I did! Fortunately for me the ferryman saw the incident and took pity.

The views of the other islands from the boat are stunning. Most of them
shoot straight up into lime-scale cliffs. Beautiful but very similar to its Vietnam
counterpart - Halong Bay.

When arriving in Koh Phi Phi, you have to pay a small fee, at the port, of 20 baht -
this was quoted in 2012, but probably a lot higher now.

Apparently this goes towards cleaning the island - after spending 8 days there,
I've come to the conclusion it goes to some mafia family's back pocket.

The island is very small and very busy, so it can be frustrating getting around. 
There are no taxi's or Tuk - Tuks on the island which is a gift in itself, no 
pollution - bar the litter from the foreign tourists.

Around the island are Tsunami evacuation points in case of an emergency.
Because of how small Phi Phi is, it really brings home what the Thai people
and holidaymakers would of experienced during the boxing day disaster.

On the upside the Thai people are as happy as ever and getting on with life -
although it was quite a while ago now, everything been built back up and I've
so far seen barely any evidence of a natural disaster.

Day Trips Snorkeling Around Phi Phi Islands

I decided to go on a snorkeling trip on Koh Phi Phi, which was a nice cheap day
out. We visited monkey beach, literally where the monkeys hang out, so
inventively named. They snatch and grab as much as they can from tourists, clever
little bastards, I left my things on the boat, so they got nothing from me
Monkey 0 - Liam 1.

After that the boat took us to a viking cave, which was a load of crap, it was
a cave and on the outside, lots of bamboo put together, to make it look a little
historic. Everyone else was taking photos, I was laughing at these gullible tourists.

Then to Maya Bay, which is where they filmed, The Beach starring Leonardo
D Caprio. Wonderful white sandy beach, only thing was that the water was very
shallow, it basically felt like a glorified bath.

The island itself was quiet, and peaceful. We also did some snorkeling which 
was fun, apart from I can't use the mouth piece of a snorkel. So I was pretty much 
goggle-ing my way around the fish. I learnt colorful fish are nice in clear water. 
I did keep an eye out for sharks!

All in all this is a cheap nice little excursion, remember take tonnes of water
it gets hot sitting in a boat. The boat was some kind of long boat, i don't know
what they call them.

Nightlife On Phi Phi

Finally the party scene here is ace, there's a few nice bars and there's an awesome
beach bar which everyone ends up at. To save money I bought buckets
(a bottle of whisky or vodka, mixed with Thai Red Bull and Coke) from street
vendors for 150 baht. They cost 400 baht or so in the bar, I then took into the
party via the beach entrance.

Met some great people here, in my hostel, 24 mixed dorm, some of them were ill,
some of them were working there, and there were rabbits in a cage outside.

Great place Flower Bungalows, check it out if you ever visit. I ended up staying
for 8 days. It was in basically a massive beach hut with a tonne of people, a cold
shower and a lot of beautiful people.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Thailand Latest News - Full Moon Party 2016

News About The Full Moon Party - Thailand

The popular full moon parties on Koh Phangan in Suratthani will be allowed again but with conditions that bars and sellers should strictly follow the official Thai rules and regulations.
Young westerner tourist often flock to these parties - but more often than not they cause trouble through alcohol and drugs taking. Let's hope they follow the rules this time. Full moon party dates for 2016 are below.

Dates For The Thai Full Moon Parties (2016) 

  1. Saturday, January 23rd
  2. Saturday, February 23rd
  3. Tuesday, March 22st
  4. Thursday, April 21st
  5. Saturday, May 21st
  6. Sunday, June 19th
  7. Thursday, July 21st
  8. Thursday, August 18th
  9. Friday, September 16th
  10. Monday, October 17th
  11. Monday, November 14th
  12. Wednesday, December 14th

About Moon Parties 2016

Expect to visit Koh Phangan once a month for a hectic weekend - hotels and accommodations prices rise. But it is an experience. Everyone's out to have fun (albeit sometimes the wrong way). But be careful and you should have a great time. Make sure you book accommodation, and don't stay on the beach. It can be a dangerous place.

Full moon parties were banned following complaints by local people and communities that they were badly affected by the noisy parties. The provincial administrative office received the complaints and later came out with the ban of full moon parties.

Moon Party - Locations and Dates

 Half Moon Party, SRA Manohra Party and Cheeva Moon Party.

Full moon dates: 2015 - Tuesday 26, May Tuesday 23, June Friday 10, July Friday 24, July Saturday 08, August Sunday 23, August Friday 04, September Sunday 20, September Tuesday 06, October Wednesday 21, October Friday 06, November Thursday 19, November Thursday 03, December Saturday 19, December

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Thai Air Ways - Review

Thai Air Ways - Review.

A new journey for me before I have flown with AirAsia and Thai Lion Air.

Having traveled extensively around Asia over the past few years, I have now had the pleasure of traveling with this Thai Air line.

Some background information - Thai Airways are an airline that have been operating for many years.
Company Profile

Living up to their famous saying 'Smooth as Silk' I never felt a tremor of turbulence.

I flew on a premium economy ticket which offered great leg room as I'm a fairly tall guy.
The food is actually pretty good. Our nonstop flight from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) - Thailand [BKK] to Hong Kong serving us some snacks on the way.

On their website you can see a few food options for long haul flights. Dishes include, Thai sweet curry, omelets, fried rice, and sarnies. They also offer water and other drinks on any flight. Some airlines don't do this.
Thai Airlines

There wasn't much entertainment due it being a fairly short trip. None the less it was an afternoon flight, so I could take in some views.

The service inside the plane is pretty good. The air hostesses are beautiful and kind. They wear traditional Thai clothes which almost all asian hostesses have to do.

Overall, i'd give Thai Airways a 10/10.

Please visit their website - and see what offers they have.