Moving to Thailand from your home country takes a lot of problem solving. Not just before you go, but after you arrive. In fact, it’s the details of the problem solving that usually destroy a plan to move to Thailand.
Covered in Moving to Thailand – Your 2nd Life Begins!:
Preplanning – before you leave your home country
What to bring, and more importantly, what not to bring
Staying connected to your money at home or bringing it?
Cost of Living – How little can you realistically live on?
Money Saving Secrets – from long-term expats
Technology – keeping your identity, personal information, and money safe
Thai Culture – when to wai and when you’re about to get a bottle to the back of your head
Housing – how to choose, how to find it, what to expect
Visa – essentials
Making Money in Thailand – teaching as well as many alternatives given
Escape Plan – the best laid plans can fail. When is it time to throw in the towel?
If you’re moving to Thailand you can’t do without this book. Imagine reading some other book that portrays giving you everything you need… You arrive in Thailand and realize you don’t know everything you need to know. What will you do?
Mike Fook has reviewed all the available information about teaching English in Thailand and distilled it into this one – guide. This new book is filled with pertinent information about moving to Thailand and obtaining a job teaching English.
The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Thailand covers:
Before coming to Thailand – are you sure Thailand is the right Asian country to start your adventure in?
Thai culture – do’s and don’ts, and the maybes. What you can get away with and what doesn’t fly.
Thai ‘face’ – the major underlying guide for Thai society and individuals
First few days in Thailand – what to do to get oriented.
Scams – find out about the usual scams and in so doing, you’ll be more ready for innovative scams nobody is up on yet.
How much can you earn? Realistically, the god’s honest truth.
Choosing region to live – biggest single factor determining success. Choose a location that matches what you’re looking for and you’ll have the greatest time. Choose one that doesn’t – and you’ll be packing for home, or some other spot in Asia.
Costs in Various Regions Chart – priceless.
House vs. apartment – what will you be sleeping in? How best to find one?
Essentials – contract, moving in expenses, furnishings chart, neighbors, internet ADSL, phone, electric, water, garbage, maid
Transportation – taxi, motorbike, auto, share with co-worker
Teaching requirements – there have been significant changes recently. Covers teacher course requirements. You must stay on top of the changes as they come. Here’s how.
Visa Issues – non-immigrant b visa, visa on arrival by air -30 days, by land 14, overstays, fines, working illegally – without work permit what happens
Work permit issues – a teacher’s license is not enough.
Types of classes you might teach: conversation, GRE prep, TOEFL prep for university entrance overseas, grammar, science, computers, drama, physical education, music, basket weaving?
What is teaching in Thailand like?
Thai coworkers & foreign coworkers
Teaching different ages of Thais
Classroom discipline – can you hit the kids? Should you?
Classroom style – what works. An excellent system outlined that works.
Day in the life of a teacher – what does a typical day look like?
50 Positives to working in Thailand and teaching English
Finding a job – applying, dress code, interviews, questions to ask at the interview (very important). Find out what the one thing is you need to do at an interview that maybe one foreign teacher out of 100 does.
Working in Thailand without teaching – alternatives to teaching because you may find out quickly that teaching isn’t for you. Some love it and some don’t like it and you’re not going to know if you haven’t taught here before.
UPDATE – the book is now finished and available here: 50 Ways to Make Money While Living Overseas (Click)
A new book is on the horizon, it is about 80% finished, and will require another couple weeks to finish and polish.
50 Ways to Make Money While Living Overseas, by Jon Green will give expats in Thailand, and across the globe, fifty viable ways to make money from wherever they are. Originally it was going to be 25 Ways… then it was going to be 100 Ways… finally I settled on 50 quality ideas that should help most people make some more cash if they are overseas, or considering moving overseas and want to earn some money while they are there.
If you are considering moving to Thailand, or Southeast Asia, or some other place – have a look at the free sample for this book when we get it posted here – and see if you think it might help you make more cash while you are living abroad.
Here is “Thailand’s Sickest” for purchase. I’ve not changed the book title at all the distribution channels yet, it will be month to get to all of them.
Thailand’s Sickest – is a full-length vigilante fiction novel, set in Patong Beach, Thailand.
Here are some reviews:
“What a fantastically action packed, scary and realistic story! I really, really enjoyed it – I read it in one day because I just couldn’t put it down! My only criticism would be that it needed a touch more editing, to get rid of some repetition of facts and quite a few grammatical and typing errors. Other than that little quibble, which really did not detract from the book at all, it was spot on. I love that the author has left things open for another book with some of the main characters, although it didn’t feel at all unfinished as some books can when they have more possibilities in the storyline. I will definately be looking for more fiction books from Mike Fook.”
And this review:
“Sir for a first work of fiction wowowowowow. This book isn’t for the feint of heart. If you struggle with the reality of what really bad people do then this book will upset you. If you you want a look at what evils this world really has to offer, if you want to see something that isn’t sanitized, or sugar coated, then read this book……
I have been all over the world and have seen my share of the dark side. This book captures the horror.
I liked that Mr. Fook was able to show the difference and varying degrees of bad guys. He was able to show that even the good guys are flawed and that too is a reality.
Readers this book will shock you like a dip into an ice filled pool of water. It will make your blood boil and you will want to rage. The sad part is that it is all too real. Just like in reality sometimes not all the bad guys are caught and sometimes even those we save are never saved.”
This vigilante fiction novel is not likely to appeal to people with a weak stomach. Anyone with a soul might not enjoy this book. If you enjoy payback stories – this is one of the most hard-hitting you’ll find.
This book is sold exclusively at Amazon.com for the time being.
Thailand is the kind of place that, when you arrive – you’ll wonder – What in the hell is going on?
Thai and western cultures couldn’t be more different if Orson Wells created them.
If you have never come to Thailand before – you will be happy to have read all 128 pages. You’ll have a better picture of the dangers and be a lot more street smart than you would be without it.
This book is selling a couple hundred copies per month – and sales are increasing month-to-month. There’s only one reason for that -word of mouth. People are telling others that the book has some good information. Someone told US the book is great – thinking we didn’t have it for sale yet.
You need this book:
If you are a first time visitor to Thailand.
If you are the type of person to get into fights, or get taken advantage of during scams – you need this book.
If you are going to drink a lot, indulge in the other nightlife passion that most guys come for – you need this book.
If you are a woman interested in dating Thai men – you need this book.
128 pages packed with new information (8/2010) you won’t find in ANY other Thailand guide.
Easy to read formatted Adobe PDF file you can read on your Nokia, iPhone, or other smart phone, notepad, netbook, iPad, Macbook Pro, Mac anything, or desktop PC computer.
If you have a KINDLE, IPHONE, IPAD, IPOD, SONY READER, NOOK, or other ebook reader – after you purchase the PDF version here below, write: firstname.lastname@example.org to request the appropriate version of the book for your reader.
Sold to buyers in – Thailand, UK, Germany, Ireland, Australia, Canada, USA, Spain, Korea, Philippines, Denmark, Netherlands, Mexico, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, and even Fiji. Plus the book is selling many copies at Amazon Kindle Store each month… and we don’t have access to where those sales are coming from.
NOTE – There is nothing in this book promoting illegal activities. Shooting pornography in Thailand is a punishable offense with jail-time and big fines. Underage sex is a serious offense that can get you years in jail. The chapters in Thai Black Book covering these subjects reveal Thailand’s stance on these subjects and doesn’t offer any information about how you can obtain illegal drugs, sex, or employment shooting pornography. What you get instead is 128 pages of Thailand street smarts that will help you have a better vacation than you would have otherwise.
We’ve tested three prices – $19.95, $9.99, and $4.95. At $19.95 and $9.99 we’re not selling as many copies as we could. At $4.95 we’re giving them away.
Or, buy directly at Amazon – click here for Amazon Kindle format (just $2.99)!
Living in Thailand
What is it like to move from the west and live in Thailand?
One man’s account of moving from America to Thailand in 2004 and what he found when he arrived.
“Living in Thailand” has many photos and is now 104 pages long.
We’ve received excellent feedback on this ebook already. In 2006 it was released as a free ebook of 47 pages. After 34,000+ downloads the author has fleshed it out and added photos.
All the response we’ve had about this ebook is that it’s an exceptional read and gives a good introduction to what it’s like living in Thailand for a western expat coming to live or vacation in the Land of Smiles.
From the book:
The “f – it” attitude is important. As an American I think we have less of it than perhaps some other cultures. In school we were made to be good. It was not a democracy in the classroom. We didn’t just get rowdy as an entire class if we all felt like it. And I find it hard to believe that we EVER got as loud as a classroom of Thai kids when they get going. Picture 45 kids mainlining liquid crack via Intravenous during the class right before yours.
In Isaan one time I had lunch with some top administrators from the department of education… the first thing the top guy ordered was some rice bugs for appetizer. Oh, and some beer for everyone. There is no stigma attached to those that order beer at lunch time here in Thailand. Even among teachers! It’s normal. It’s easy to get used to also…
From the “First Time for Everything List”, another 40 are listed in the book:
1st time I saw thin persons outnumber chubby, heavy, obese people.
1st time I saw pretty or acceptable girls outnumber ugly or undesirable girls.
1st time I ate bugs. (rice bugs, crickets, grasshoppers, ant larvae, hellgrammites, giant Chinese cockroaches, silkworm larvae, and scorpions (which landed me in the emergency room!)
1st time I ate such spicy food (yum woonsen) that I sweat profusely, felt violently ill, and recovered within an hour.
1st time I had diarrhea more than 10 days.
1st time I saw a fight where a guy was cut in the stomach with a broken bottle and then his head was kicked and bottles were bounced off his face after he was unconscious. He died. So, first time I saw a murder too.
1st time I threw water at people and had water thrown at me for 24 hours over a 3-day period. (Songkran)
1st time I saw ladyboys that WERE prettier than girls.
1st time I spent less than 50 cents USD for breakfast and lunch and less than $1.00 USD for dinner.
1st time I slept on a tile floor; a concrete floor; a hard bed; a wooden couch.
1st time I had my crotch grabbed by anyone other than a woman.
1st time I’ve eaten black beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, silk worm larvae, queen red ant larvae, giant Chinese cockroach, and a huge Scorpion (which landed me in the hospital overnight).
As with all of our ebooks you can choose which format to download in – you always receive the PDF version of our books because it’s one format preserves photos. This ebook in particular has many high quality photos you’ll want to see.
Here is a sample PDF with some excerpts from “Living in Thailand”, click image:
Order the Amazon Kindle Version at Amazon.com by clicking the book below:
We have unpublished the book at Amazon. Please have a look at MikeFook.com for more books.
42 Colorful Illustrated Pages – packed with photos.
20 of Thailand’s TOP, and most favorite Thai Desserts!
Step-by-Step instructions for Cooking each delicious dessert!
Joy’s Personal Stories about making these desserts at home! (priceless!)
Easily Printable – so you can take the dessert recipes to your kitchen!
Adobe PDF and many other file formats – read this ebook with your computer, Kindle, Nook, Sony reader, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, etc.
TODAY just $2.99!
If you just want to buy now and don’t need a cart choose this button below to order Joy’s Top 20 Thai Desserts Ebook… Even if you aren’t the best cook in your circle of friends – these simple Thai dessert recipes will make you seem like an absolute pro. Joy’s simple way of showing you how to cook the most delicious dessert recipes Thailand has to offer will have you cooking like a pro in very little time. Try it! We’ll bet you can’t stop! Don’t miss Joy’s other Thai food recipe ebook:
In 2005 Joy set about to create an ebook of authentic Thai recipes she’d learned growing up with her mother and aunts teaching her in their modest home.
After editing and adding photos Joy’s Thai Food Recipe book became the most sought after Thai Food ebook on the planet within 6-months. Today she sells her ebook through a number of affiliates and partnerships and we’re lucky to have her agree to sell her ebooks here too! Yes, I said ebooks.
All ebooks can be downloaded immediately after processing your payment. You can choose the format and will receive whatever you choose plus the PDF version which is readable on virtually any computer across the globe.