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<br /><img src='http://static.thaivisa.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='B)' /> My Advice< STAY HOME!<br /><br />LL<br />
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Can I ask you why?

It cant be worse than living in England... for me anyway.

Sorry Clare, I must apologize.

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and post while drunk.

Not a nice thing to do.

I guess you need to come and give it a try, find out for yourself. It will be quite an adventure. It is just that you seemed a bit unsure and uncertain about many things.

I believe some others are correct you might fare better outside of bangkok. Cost of living would be cheaper and would be more enjoyable.

LL

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Old Croc gives good advice, Clare. Don't worry so much. There is enough of an English speaking infrastructure in Thailand to help you get your feet under you, so long as you stay near tourist centers. It's only when you want to travel into rural Thailand that you might need help. And, even then you can do okay by traveling with a group.

I'm not familiar with the books and DVDs you want, but you could consider asking George at Gecko books in Chaig Mai. Considering that you are young, then learning the Thai language should not be too hard for you. I've known a few young people who learned to speak basic Thai in 3 or 4 months. It's harder for us old folks.

Come and have the adventure of your life. Don't worry too much because Thais are very helpful... even if they DO send you in the wrong direction some times. Just have a few backups such as a return ticket and some money saved for emergency. A Garmin GPS with Thai maps installed can be a saviour when traveling on your own. It's easy to get turned around if you can read the road signs.

Thanks Ian and llso... and everyone else helpful.

I think Chiang Mai mignt be better, is there a Tops Market or something like that there too? And what about somewhere like a camping shop to buy a *cheap* stove for my room?

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Thanks Ian and llso... and everyone else helpful.

I think Chiang Mai mignt be better, is there a Tops Market or something like that there too? And what about somewhere like a camping shop to buy a *cheap* stove for my room?

No need for a proper stove. You can buy a little electric hot plate at one of the big supermarkets and use it to boil water for tea, or warm up some noodles for soup. You are unlikely to go camping on your own, so I would leave the little propane stoves at home. The big superstores have camping supplies such as sleeping bags and tents at a reasonable cost. I wouldn't do much cooking INSIDE your room, though. I'd get a room with a balcony for that.

The group tour hikes usually arrange for cooked meals at specific locations, and cover normal needs such as accommodation. It's been my experience that the group tour hikes usually have a lot of young people, and most speak English. The tours have ALREADY picked out the more scenic areas to visit and you needn't try doing it on your own. Once you've done a few then you'll know which ones you might want to return to on your own. It's also been my experience that most young travelers from all parts of Europe can speak pretty good English, so it's not a problem in conversing with them.

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Of course, if you REALLY need to heat up the coffee then you can always get creative... :lol:

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Thanks Ian and llso... and everyone else helpful.

I think Chiang Mai mignt be better, is there a Tops Market or something like that there too? And what about somewhere like a camping shop to buy a *cheap* stove for my room?

No need for a proper stove. You can buy a little electric hot plate at one of the big supermarkets and use it to boil water for tea, or warm up some noodles for soup. You are unlikely to go camping on your own, so I would leave the little propane stoves at home. The big superstores have camping supplies such as sleeping bags and tents at a reasonable cost. I wouldn't do much cooking INSIDE your room, though. I'd get a room with a balcony for that.

The group tour hikes usually arrange for cooked meals at specific locations, and cover normal needs such as accommodation. It's been my experience that the group tour hikes usually have a lot of young people, and most speak English. The tours have ALREADY picked out the more scenic areas to visit and you needn't try doing it on your own. Once you've done a few then you'll know which ones you might want to return to on your own. It's also been my experience that most young travelers from all parts of Europe can speak pretty good English, so it's not a problem in conversing with them.

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Hi

I wasnt thinking of going hiking or anything Ian lol. For some reason I never thought of an electric hot plate, maybe because we dont have one but we have the butane stove?

Wouldnt you cook indoors because of the smell or the heat or some other reason?

And lol at the kettle!

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i guess it depends what you're cooking, smell, heat, condensation are all considerations. I think the main reason is that food is so cheap and readily available outside :) you probably wouldn't need to cook

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i guess it depends what you're cooking, smell, heat, condensation are all considerations. I think the main reason is that food is so cheap and readily available outside :) you probably wouldn't need to cook

I did notice lots of street food but I dont know what a lot of it was... anyway a lot of people think Im a fussy eater lol. I dont eat meat or fish, so most of the street foods seemed to be things I wont eat.

And the reason I asked about Tops Market in Chiang Mai before, is I went there in Bangkok and I saw ingredients I know.

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Good grief. Does anyone really believe this? Girls with functioning brain cells don't think like this. If you guys have daughters, do your daughters think like this? I don't think so. Show this thread to your teenager and get an opinion. I guarantee your kids will be a lot quicker on the uptake. phooie.

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Clare, my advice would be to look up a TEFL course online. They are a little pricey but everything is usually taken care of. They even meet you at the airport so your not alone. Like Ian has mentioned Chang Mai is an option along with Phuket. A course may last about a month with a possible job placement at the end.

Just out of curiosity whereabouts are you from in the UK?

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Good grief. Does anyone really believe this? Girls with functioning brain cells don't think like this. If you guys have daughters, do your daughters think like this? I don't think so. Show this thread to your teenager and get an opinion. I guarantee your kids will be a lot quicker on the uptake. phooie.

You took the words right out of my mouth...

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lol, you're using the wrong forum if you are not a troll you are about to be insulted by depraved sex tourists ( mainly dribbling oldies who have purchased wives in some way) from around the coutnry, if you are a troll you are probably doing good.

Go to ajarn.com instead, at least the majority of posters won't insult you and won't be sex tourists

I was going to suggest ajarn.com (ajarn is Thai for Teacher) as you are going to get much better advice, more relative to your circumstances... Thai Visa is over represented with dribbling oldies, but I think calling the majority sex tourists is going a bit far...

Just a comment, you do seem to have your priorities a little be arse about... before you worry about having anime to read, worry about where you would like to study and live... Unless you have money, Bangkok is a tough city... Chiang Mai is much more laid back and cheaper... Phuket is like being on holidays 24/365... Chiang Mai is a very big city, so there isn't much you can get in BKK that you can't get in Chiang Mai... lots of supermarkets stocking imported stuff...

Before you worry about how to cook your food, worry about how you will earn enough to stay... You will earn nothing as a teacher without a degree (even with TEFL)... You will earn even less with ONLY TEFL, because most decent places just won't employ you... Thailand is overun with backpackers extending their stay by doing TEFL and taking up teaching... OVER RUN... You have a lot of competition...

Before you worry about whether you need a fridge or not (this I just don't understand, if you can't afford a f^cking fridge, how do you expect to buy imported anime magazines?), worry about how you will get home to your fridge-less appartment without getting raped by the Taxi driver/tuk tuk driver... If you can't afford to live in a decent area, personal safety might become a real problem for you...

I am not saying don't do it... I am sure most of the penniless teachers here are having the time of their lives (granted most are young guys screwing their students, lots of their students)... and I am sure in 30 years time, they will still be living of their tales of living in Thailand while it was still a 'Less Developed Country'... I am sure half of the old dribblies here wish they had done it at 18 instead of 68... but you need to do a bit of soul searching... If you were to move 1 street way from your parents, how often do you think you would be running home to mum and dad for a hand with something??? Doing it in Thailand is about 10 times harder, with no safety net...

Daewoo

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Clare, my advice would be to look up a TEFL course online. They are a little pricey but everything is usually taken care of. They even meet you at the airport so your not alone. Like Ian has mentioned Chang Mai is an option along with Phuket. A course may last about a month with a possible job placement at the end.

Just out of curiosity whereabouts are you from in the UK?

Like my full name Im not giving where I live on a public forum but Im from up t'north lol... if youre English and you know the towns there, you should know why I want to get away lol

Theres too much drinking and violence... I felt safer in Bangkok.

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lol, you're using the wrong forum if you are not a troll you are about to be insulted by depraved sex tourists ( mainly dribbling oldies who have purchased wives in some way) from around the coutnry, if you are a troll you are probably doing good.

Go to ajarn.com instead, at least the majority of posters won't insult you and won't be sex tourists

I was going to suggest ajarn.com (ajarn is Thai for Teacher) as you are going to get much better advice, more relative to your circumstances... Thai Visa is over represented with dribbling oldies, but I think calling the majority sex tourists is going a bit far...

Just a comment, you do seem to have your priorities a little be arse about... before you worry about having anime to read, worry about where you would like to study and live... Unless you have money, Bangkok is a tough city... Chiang Mai is much more laid back and cheaper... Phuket is like being on holidays 24/365... Chiang Mai is a very big city, so there isn't much you can get in BKK that you can't get in Chiang Mai... lots of supermarkets stocking imported stuff...

Before you worry about how to cook your food, worry about how you will earn enough to stay... You will earn nothing as a teacher without a degree (even with TEFL)... You will earn even less with ONLY TEFL, because most decent places just won't employ you... Thailand is overun with backpackers extending their stay by doing TEFL and taking up teaching... OVER RUN... You have a lot of competition...

Before you worry about whether you need a fridge or not (this I just don't understand, if you can't afford a f^cking fridge, how do you expect to buy imported anime magazines?), worry about how you will get home to your fridge-less appartment without getting raped by the Taxi driver/tuk tuk driver... If you can't afford to live in a decent area, personal safety might become a real problem for you...

I am not saying don't do it... I am sure most of the penniless teachers here are having the time of their lives (granted most are young guys screwing their students, lots of their students)... and I am sure in 30 years time, they will still be living of their tales of living in Thailand while it was still a 'Less Developed Country'... I am sure half of the old dribblies here wish they had done it at 18 instead of 68... but you need to do a bit of soul searching... If you were to move 1 street way from your parents, how often do you think you would be running home to mum and dad for a hand with something??? Doing it in Thailand is about 10 times harder, with no safety net...

Daewoo

I guess youre right... Ive never left home before so I asked the questions that seem most important to me.

Its not that I cant afford a fridge its that I reckoned I dont need one... I might be wrong in the hottest months.

Im not really bothered about safety because I felt safe in Bangkok. I saw the safety tips in the womens forum and one or two of them were about cultural differences like not sitting in the front of the taxi but most were common sense... I dont go out after dark in this country anyway.

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