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An Expat in Thailand


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    This is an insightful series of articles of thailand as seen by a young Americian teacher...

    Jessica has always been intrigued by language and travel, so maybe it was inevitable she would at some point hold the title of Foreign English Teacher. Or maybe it was her constant drive for adventure that led her to sign a contract with an agency in Thailand – an agreement that, even though written in English, told her absolutely nothing about the journey she was to begin.


    A year after graduating from the University of Oregon, Jessica found herself working at Starbucks, at a loss for what to do and how to make a living while struggling to become a writer. Teaching abroad presented an opportunity to travel and write while earning enough money to enjoy it.


    For a paycheck as meager as her slightly-above-minimum-wage Starbucks career (about $1,000/month), Jessica could afford to live quite comfortably in Northeastern Thailand. Rent for her one-bedroom house is equivalent to $200/month and eating out each day is easily done with under $5 – the cost of one Starbucks frappuccino.


    As she learns what it takes to live and teach in Suwannaphum, Roi Et, Thailand (where the closest Starbucks is six hours away), Jessica has adopted the attitude every writer should have: even if it’s a bad experience, it’s a great story.


    With each new day comes another surprise, but Jessica is adapting nicely to the Thai’s worry-free approach. She’s learned that laughter truly is the best remedy for any situation.

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lamphun-wat phra that hariphunchai-01     
       ited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which contains a hair of the Lord Buddha, having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams...

Chiang Rai

      on the bank of the Kok River within town area, contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai built Chiang Rai. Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred site for aextremely long time. The site was surely reverenced as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area.

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