I'm in the running for a position of between 1-3 months of work at KKU.
I spent a month in Thailand across the new year, gigging in Bangkok, and escorted by friends through Pattaya, Ayutthaya and up to Chiang Mai, but I'm a young female (23), have lived in Melbourne AU my whole life and have never traveled solo before. I did some research and found Madmac and exacto have lived here.. can anyone give me a little general advice about the atmosphere and how it is to live here, even if it is only for a month or two? I can't find much info on the place.
If I were to get an apartment of my own for a portion of that time, could you give me an idea of what I'd be spending? Best to stay on or off campus, hotel or apartment?
Are the students at the university generally okay with English? I went out of my way to learn Thai last time but it's still basic. Though I won't be explaining any intricate algorithms from my position in the music department, it'd still be good to know if I need to do a crash course! I got on fine at the university I performed at in BKK.. is it a very different situation at KK?
#1 Tofu has been a member since 26/11/2012. Posts: 2
I think you will love KK. I haven't lived there, but my son does and I go there often. It's a real city, with some cosmopolitan flair and one foot still in rural Issan. A nice mix. Assuming you are teaching at KKU then you should look for an apartment now. By the time the term begins in June, they will fill up and finding a place can be challenging. I would recommend this place, which is about 5,000 a month plus utilities:
MADMAC's information will be much more current than mine, since I haven't spent more than a few days in a row in Khon Kaie since before you were born! I have stopped through a few times since then, however, and felt like the town hadn't changed nearly as much in that time as most other places. As MADMAC says, it is a good mix of modern Thailand and the more traditional rural northeast.
Keep in mind that the KKU campus is a few km out of town, and much of it is near the top of a decently steep hill. If you rent a place in town, you'll need to commute to the campus, which should be fairly easy either on a scooter or public transport, depending on what type of musical instruments you are carting around.
My general experience is that english skills are pretty mixed in Thailand. I imagine at KKU you'll find more people that speak english than in other places, but if you've got the time to continue your Thai lessons, I'd recommend that you do. As I'm sure you've noticed, even just a bit of Thai really opens doors and makes living in Thailand all the more fun. Hope that helps and good luck with the gig. I hope you get it. Cheers.
At KKU English will get you by. In the community, a little less so. Keep working on your Thai as it will keep you in good stead.
If you can, get yourself a motorbike if you have any experience. If not, between walking and Song Towe you can get around just fine.