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  1. It's really common for children in Siem Reap, Cambodia to carry around babies and ask people to buy milk for them. As soon as the mark leaves they turn around and sell the milk back to the market, collecting a commission. You can watch the entire process unfold from the top of the rooftop bar with the skateboard ramp at the end of pub street. South East Asia is crazy.

  2. Thai schools usually gauge eveything by appearance. They look for youthful looking white people mostly. They of course would be reluctant to hire someone of that age because honestly because the work schedule is kind of heavy. Some schools have as many as 25 classes per week. While that doesn't sound like a lot, teaching actually takes a lot of time and energy, not to mention time spent making lesson plans, ironing clothes, and grading. If you can handle that it's fine, but some schools may not believe you can actually do it based on your age.

    While it would certainly make it more difficult to find it job it wouldn't make it impossible

  3. This isn't the west. He is basically the equivalent of a police officers now because of the coup. If he decides to cause greivous bodily harm to you with or without his buddies, he/they won't be punished to badly, therefore using the threat of punishment as a deterent isn't likely going to be effective in stopping him from administering a beatdown.

    My suggestion to you is to tread carefully and relocate ASAP.

  4. I just came back from Savanaket yesterday and recieved a double entry tourist visa, no banking questions asked. In my passsport I also had previously recieved two double entry tourist visas from Vientienne as well as an Ed Visa which was issued in Phnom Pehn along with several back to back 30 day visa exempt entries all spanning over the last two years. I think you should be fine if you decide to go to Savanaket.

    I can't say this is positively true, but I had heard that if you go to Vientienne too many times they are reluctant to give you another visa. I have also heard that Savanaket rarely turns people down, which is why i decided to go there (and also it was a nice change of pace and somewhere new to check out). Perhaps Ubonjoe can shed some more light on this.

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  5. This is exactly what ive done: I had a double entry tourist visa from Vientienne soon after i got here. There were some border runs and some genuine travel to Cambodia and Laos in between. I got an ED visa in Phnom Pehn after that for six months. After a few border runs to Cambodia i recieved another tourist visa from Vientienne. After coming a few days late and missing the second entry on that tourist visa i've been doing visa runs to Cambodia. I'm waiting on a work visa right now, and i'm no longer able to do the border runs due to the new restricitons.

    My question is: what are the rules on tourist visas? Can i get another one from Vientienne or would it be wise to go to Savanaket instead? From what i've understood if i am denied a visa i can stil fly into Thailand from Laos provided i have a return or onward ticket correct?

  6. It was just a couple of month ago that they raised the 15 days to 30 days for G7 countries and now it's that nobody can do this at all. It's like two people are fighting for control at the immigration department with different ideas on how things should be run.

    This also leads to a barrage of questions

    Are we still able to even go to Laos and get a double entry tourist visa?

    Another forum on Thai visa said that Thailand won't let anyone leave without a flight out of the country. How are people supposed to get any paper work (I.E. work permit visa, ED visa, marriage, retirement etc etc) if we've already been in and out of the country visa exempt before?

    This is going to lead to a high level of teachers leaving not wanting to jump through circles to work here, and create a larger amount of overstayers and illegal workers.

  7. I've been here a while. I've been receiving money from the US government on a monthly basis for some time now, however that finished a few months ago and i'm trying to get a work permit, however the paperwork won't be finished until mid-june and i have to do a border run before then. I've been doing a combination of double entry tourist visas, a brief 6 month ed visa, and most recently 30 day visa exempt stays.

    With all the crackdowns going on is it still possible to obtain a double entry visa in Laos? The last few entries were visa exempt at the airport, and before that at various Cambodian borders (poipet and a couple of other ones). The last actual visa i've had was a double entry from Vientienne.

    Would gettting a new passport help my chances of getting a double entry visa?

  8. I just wish i could make that ping ping ball popping sound the touts are making on khao san road on this forum. What does she expect? despite being illegal prostitution is Thailand is perhaps the largest and well known prostitution market in the entire world. That's a fact, not slander.

    got stats to back that fact?

    Apparently i've got a whole book. Despite that I said "perhaps" which implies "possibly." Thailand however, is the only country i've ever heard of people going on "Sex tourism."

    My turn for a question: Do you have any facts that negate that Thailand has the largest and most well known sex tourism industry?

  9. I had H1N1 before, this is the nastiest illness you could ever imagine. I was a 25 year old army specialist at the time only able to breathe through one nostril while completely unable to move from my bed. I thought i was going to die and can easily see why other people have died from it. I'd do nearly anything to avoid it again, if it is happening again someone needs to do a better job reporting it.

  10. Any native English speaker that has a background police check and some sort of TEFL Ccert should be not only be allowed to teach, but actively helped with automatic one year visas and work permits. The aim of having a native speaker for every class in Thailand for at least one lesson a day from KG-M6.

    This would be greatly beneficial to the future of Thailand, but would eat the Thais up, making it so easy for Westerners here.

    The ASEAN hub of cutting off one's nose tomspite one's face.

    Not so sure about that; yes the paperwork is a pain, but the real problem is the Thai government education system, the huge class sizes, all the days off and standing on ceremony that eat into classroom time, etc.

    Corruption is also rampant in the MoE. It seldom gets mentioned, but it siphons off resources big time.

    There are more native English speakers working as teachers in Thailand by far than any of its Asean neighbors, yet the country still comes in last in terms of proficiency.

    I don't believe a TEFL certificate should be required to teach here and haven't noted any overall increase in teacher quality since it became a requirement. I guess it is good for teachers starting at 'ground zero' in terms of experience, but I don't think it should be a requirement for experienced teachers who don't have it and don't want to waste time and money just to get a piece of paper...It's that type of paper-chasing mentality that is part of the problem, not the solution, IMHO...

    I don't believe anyone who was a brick layer, truck driver, factory worker, garbage man or any other profession other than teacher should teach English in Thailand. You want to blame the poor level of English on anything, then the level of utter rubbish teaching the language would be as good a place to start as any. Needless to say wages would need to improve to attract real teachers, but the utter cax masquerading as teachers is nothing short of shameless.

    Having both TEFL and an English degree i would say that the TEFL provided much better training than the degree itself. To be honest, no degree in any field (even education) can make up for experience teaching in the field. Someone with a degree in education might discover that they have no classroom management skills once they start working. And if you narrow down the field to the point where only people with degrees in education can teach in Thailand, then the selection pool would be so low that those few who are eligible would then need to be paid higher salaries that most schools can't afford (supply and demand). Nearly every one here with a degree in education are already teaching in international schools making anywhere from 60,000 baht a month to 200,000+ a month.

    I think the real problem here is the lack of interest from both the schools and students. They just don't care all that much.

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