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Where would you rather spend a month?

Posted by mattocmd on 18/12/2008 at 11:06

I want to get my TEFL in Thailand in Feb. and wanted to get the opinions of some of you fine travelfish readers.

Here are my options:

Phuket
Chiang Mai
Ban Phe

Could a few people give me some opinions. I have been to Phuket and Chiang Mai. It's a hard choice between beaches and mountains - all beautiful...but I wondered what people with more experience would say.

Thanks!!

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Posted by sirhalberd on 18/12/2008 at 11:32

Women seem to like Phuket and Chiang Mai .

How is your budget? Phuket will be a little more expensive than Chiang Mai , Bangkok or Pattaya.

My choice would be to probably stay in Pattaya for a month. Hotels are cheap, lots of malls, restaurants, cheap transportation in town (10 baht) and interesting night life. Only around 125 baht for the bus ride to Pattaya from the Ekamai bus station on Sukhukmvit Road. But that is me!

Nothing says you cannot go to more than one of these places during your 30 days off. You can take the overnight sleeper train up to Chiang Mai and then head over to Chiang Rai too! Ride a boat down the Mekong too!

Good luck.

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Posted by mattocmd on 18/12/2008 at 11:39

Oh, I didn't know Ban Phe was close to Pattaya! I have been there too but it was four years ago.

The people watching there is enough to keep you busy for hours!!

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Posted by Thaiman on 18/12/2008 at 15:28

Quite honestly,and I stress my opinion only,2 or 3 nights in all of them would be enough for me.I'd rather go somewhere else away from the crowds.

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Posted by Rufus on 18/12/2008 at 16:21

Surely this should depend on the value and quality of the TEFL course you are doing.

Seriously have you looked at the TEFL course offered by Island TEFL on Koh Samui? I have heard pretty good reports about this course and that is where I would head for. Second choice would be the Chiang Mai course. Now that T&T no longer exists in Phuket, I would not bother doing a course there.

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 18/12/2008 at 21:25

I would choose Chaing Mai for a month. Its got all you need and is actually quite a cool place to live for a while.

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Posted by travelrock on 18/12/2008 at 22:29

phuket for access to beaches and khao sok

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Posted by mattocmd on 18/12/2008 at 22:34

Rufus - thank you so much for your suggestion to the Island TEFL!! Not only is it cheaper than the others but it INCLUDES accomodation.

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Posted by DLuek on 20/12/2008 at 04:51 TF writer

A month in Pattaya? Ugh... That's almost as bad as a month in Las Vegas.

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Posted by sirhalberd on 20/12/2008 at 09:18

"A month in Pattaya? Ugh... That's almost as bad as a month in Las Vegas."

But Pattaya is a heck of lot cheaper!
(Las Vegas is even snowed in right now!)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/12/2008 at 10:19 admin

I spent a month on a beach on Ko Pha Ngan once -- didn't get any teaching done, but did design a fabulous frisbee golf course...

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Posted by mattocmd on 20/12/2008 at 21:49

I think I am going to go with Koh Samui. It's the cheapest so ill have extra money for diving lessons as well. I just hope it isn't too much of a party island because ill be tempted to go out all the time!

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Posted by Rufus on 21/12/2008 at 16:08

It is a party island, but as I said, I have heard decent things about the course. Don't just take a course because its cheap; you need to get a lot out of it as well.

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Posted by davidjones1952 on 24/12/2008 at 17:00

Chiangmai University offers an internationally recognised TEFL qualification - its more expensive than other courses on offer in Chiangmai but probably has more prestige value when applying for jobs in Thailand or elsewhere.

If it was me, I would choose Chiangmai as the place to spend some time. The city offers an incredible array of entertainment/restuarants/cinemas and yet within 20 minutes drive you can be in the most amazing countryside. In my opinion Chiangmai offers the best of both worlds.

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Posted by Rufus on 25/12/2008 at 12:28

"but probably has more prestige value when applying for jobs in Thailand or elsewhere."

Does it? I am very curioushow you arrived at this conclusion David. In my experience where you did your TEFL makes absolutely no difference to any prospective employer. Have you got a different experience?

By the way, the Chiang Mai course is by far not the only one internationally recognised. T&T's course eg gives you university credits. Virtually all of them are internationally recognised and seriously, that recognition means bugger all.

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