Should I teach English in Thailand?

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The answer is yes! but first please check my overall guide to teaching English abroad to fund your travels! There are lots of tips and advice in there which will really help you.  

Teach English in Thailand

Teacake in Thailand: rocking the black hair again!

Teacake in Thailand: rocking the black hair again!


There’s something in the air in Thailand. Teacake would call it pure magic. It’s hard to explain but when you’re here you feel fulfilled, happy, blessed, content and that all is right with the world….well, until you see a ping pong show maybe but still, Thailand captures your heart and it can be hard to leave! Thailand is awesome for:

  • New teachers
  • Short-term work
  • Super friendly generous locals
  • Buddhism (95% of Thais are buddhist)
  • Massages / Islands / Temples / Tuk Tuks / Buckets of questionable liquids
  • Healthy delicious cheap food…..ohmyword the food, food!

Are you a new teacher? Thailand is for you!

Thailand is a fantastic foot in the door for new teachers. There are ample opportunities to go and do your TEFL course then jump straight into a guaranteed job / internship afterwards. My favourite guys are MyTEFL who are offering 35% off their 120 hour course for all Teacake readers! It’s essential in today’s ESL market so go get one!

Where did you teach Teacake?

I actually only taught here for a month whilst doing my CELTA course in Chiang Mai with International House. I taught adults and the experience was unbelievably good. Thais are very willing to learn English. They’re also polite, friendly and patient people. I spoke to many expats teaching English here at the time and they were very happy teachers!

Looking for short-term work?

For travellers on the road who want to make a pit-stop and earn some extra money, most schools and agencies will allow teachers to sign only a six-month contract. That’s really great news for teachers who have wanderlust like Teacake and easily get itchy feet!


I’m not going to beat around the bush here: Thailand is not going to allow you to save buckets of money like China or Korea can. However, when you take into consideration the cost of living here, you’re going to be comfortable and Thailand is just so soul-fulfilling!

Where’s the jobs at?

Ajarn is by far the best ESL job website for Thailand but I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – looking around yourself, visiting schools, asking locals, knocking on doors – that’s the best way you are going to get a good job. No doubt about it. Fly there and start hunting. Good luck!

Is Thailand not for you? How about you try China, South Korea, Vietnam or Europe instead?

Any other questions?  Contact me and I’ll get right back to you!

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11 replies
  1. Fran
    Fran says:

    Hi Alice! First of all, thank you for this article. I’m very interested in TEFL in Thailand. I have a BA, but I’m not a native English speaker. I’ve been learning English since I was 5 years old and I’m pretty fluent. Do you think it might be hard for me to get a job in Asia?

  2. April J Beresford
    April J Beresford says:


    What was your experience like doing the CELTA? Was the program difficult as I heard from others it can be quite challenging? Would you recommend the program to aspiring teachers who have no completed a TESL course elsewhere?

    • Alice teacake
      Alice teacake says:

      Hi April! The CELTA course without a doubt is one of the best courses I’ve done. It certainly is challenging and most of the teachers on that course had done teaching before and had experience under their belt. For teachers who had no experience whatsoever, it was tough for them. I recommend the TEFL course first to dip your feet in the water and see if you like it. If you then want to go the whole hog, go for the CELTA!

    • aliceteacake
      aliceteacake says:

      I’ve been teaching English for five years in Asia and I feel it has a lot of potential as a career! Do your Celta, your Delta…you can mentor other teachers, be an expert in different areas and end up training others whilst still teaching!


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