Say No to Plastic Bags

Posted by claudio on March 30, 2012 in Living in Thailand |

The people of Thailand are some of the heaviest users of plastic bags. And it is showing. You can see discarded plastic bags pretty much everywhere: in the cities, in the country, on beaches, and in rivers and the sea. It’s almost an unwritten rule that whenever you buy something in Thailand, you’ll get it […]


Learn Thai with these Online Resources

Posted by claudio on March 18, 2012 in Living in Thailand |

Although I’m a firm believer that you should not speak Thai in the classroom, I do recommend studying the Thai language and become proficient in it. Being able to converse in Thai will not only help you to get around the country with ease and better understand the local culture, it will also help you […]


A Visit to the School for the Blind in Pattaya

Posted by claudio on March 12, 2012 in Living in Thailand |

The first time I visited Thailand was 30 years ago. I was just a teenager. I immediately fell in love with this country, its people, food, and weather. After a few days of exploring Bangkok, we went to Pattaya to visit an old friend of our family from Switzerland. He introduced us to Father Ray, […]


Thailand in Your Hand

Posted by claudio on March 11, 2012 in Living in Thailand |

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently launched a new website with a collection of mobile applications for the most common smartphones and tablets. Although the applications have been developed mainly for tourists, they will most likely be appreciated by foreign English teachers in Thailand as well — as long as you either have an […]


The Chakri Dynasty

Posted by claudio on November 30, 2010 in Living in Thailand |

Living in Thailand requires to have some understanding of the culture of Thailand. This is especially important for teachers to avoid culture clash or embarrassing situations in and outside of the classroom. One very important part of Thailand’s culture is the Royal Family. You undoubtedly know a little bit about the current King of Thailand, […]


Loy Krathong

Posted by claudio on November 20, 2010 in Living in Thailand |

Tomorrow is Loy Krathong [photos], one of my favorite festivals in Thailand. It is held each year on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. During the night of the festival, many people will float a Krathong (a small, beautifully decorated raft holding candles)¬†on a river or other body […]

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