TESOL Jobs in Thailand
A Guide to Teaching English in Thailand
Thailand is South East Asia’s top tourist destination and it also has one of the strongest economies in the region. These two factors combine to make it one of Asia’s top teaching destinations. The stunning natural beauty and laid-back approach to life that attracts all those tourists and backpackers is another good reason to get qualified, pack your bags and teach English in Thailand.
TESOL Opportunities in Thailand
The two key areas for TESOL jobs in Thailand are teaching English to people involved in tourism and teaching Business English. This means that there are opportunities in all the major tourist destinations, as well as in the key business centres such as Bangkok.
TESOL Job Hotspots in Thailand
These are our top three choices for people looking to teach English in Thailand. They range from the heritage centre of Chiang Mai in the far north, to tourist haven of Phuket down in the southern islands, so there’s something to attract every TESOL teacher.
TESOL Jobs in Bangkok
Bangkok is home to a huge and well-organised TESOL industry. There are thousands of language schools across the city, as well as TESOL jobs in universities, public schools and private business colleges.
TESOL Jobs in Chiang Mai
People from all over northern Thailand and Laos come to Chiang Mai to learn English and get involved in Thailand's huge tourist industry, so the demand for teachers in Chiang Mai is sky high.
TESOL Jobs in Phuket
Foreign tourists do not like having to learn another language when they go on holiday. Phuket has lots of foreign tourists, so they need lots of people who can speak the international language of travel: English. That all adds up to one thing: there are lots of opportunities to teach English in Phuket!
Wages and Cost of Living
TEFL teachers with a TESOL certificate but little previous experience can earn around 25,000 Baht (AU$850) a month, while people with more experience can earn up to 60,000 baht (AU$2,040). If you live in Bangkok you should be able to get a nice apartment for around 7,000 Baht (AU$235) per month, while in other parts of Thailand you’ll pay significantly less. The cost of living is really cheap too – a lovely meal and a beer or two at a night-market is unlikely to set you back more than AU$8 and traveling around by train, bus or boat is really affordable too.