The Life of a Teacher in Thailand and China
Written by Sarah Ezdani
I’ve been fortunate enough to live and work in Thailand where I started off my ESL career. Thailand is my absolute favourite country in the world, and the feeling I get once I walk out the airport is that of feeling my most comfortable and balanced self. I lived in Thailand for less than two years and travelled all over this country and marvelled at its beauty. Undoubtedly, my zest for exploration and new places fuelled this lust, but the ease of life for foreigners in Thailand too encouraged my excursions. I lived way up North in an idyllic and pretty town called Phayao, and 7 hours later in a bus, I could be in Bangkok, the energetic hub of this country.
I now live in China (a year and a half now) and I’m keen on reporting the veritable differences in these two countries. I’ve made my fondness for Thailand known, but the truth is, I also willing left it and moved here to China with my husband. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might be a telling expression, but we thought differently. We were so deeply content and blissful in our little bubble among the rice fields and open skies of the North, that we decided to test the waters in a different part of the world, a challenging part of the world we knew very little about.
Based on my personal experience, here’s my take on Life in Thailand and China:
Fun facts about Samui
The decade in which backpackers “discovered” Samui, which at the time was considered a coconut-harvesting backwater.
The island’s highest point: the peak of the jungle-covered mountain known as Khao Pom.
Samui’s land area, making it the kingdom’s third largest island, after Phuket and Koh Chang.
The number of dolphin and whale species found in the Gulf of Thailand, where Koh Samui is located.
The number of islands, which together make up the Ang Thong National Marine Park, near Samui.
Ang Thong Marine National Park’s total area in km².
The average weight of a water buffalo. These gentle giants are a common sight on Samui and on neighboring islands.
The number of beaches in Samui. The island is renowned for its crystal clear waters and pristine stretches of sand. (Except after a monsoon, that is…)
coconut trees, each of which produces approximately…
coconuts per year. Coconut production is the island’s second largest industry after tourism.
The number of Samui coconuts that are shipped to Bangkok alone each year.
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