I’ve never done a Q&A, which is ridiculous because I can now actually give out information people want to know. Soz. Since relocating to Thailand, I’ve been receiving lots of Q’s on random things from Visas to Massages, I did answer some of them on my post about relocating here – but now I got more for ya.
I asked you guys to send me questions on Facebook and Instagram, I picked the ones that would appeal to the masses:
- Is Thailand a good place to take small children with you on Holiday? Or rather leave them at home?
It all depends where you go, Patong is hectic for kids – but a 10-minute drive away is Karon, which is fabulous for families. The beaches and resorts in Thailand are family friendly, but I am saying that being from a beach town so I’m pretty comfortable in the ocean. There are hardly any waves here in comparison to South Africa, so I find the ocean super relaxed and basically float away for hours. I think Thailand can be great for families, there are endless beaches, beautiful temples and jungles to explore – it’s not all about the buckets!
- Best hotels to stay in Patong – not too cheap or expensive
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Booking.com. When I say there is a hotel for everyone, I’m not kidding. There are also zero booking fees and they’re VERY reliable, I’ve used them non-stop since being in Thailand. You can pick up a nice-ish hotel for 800baht a night.
- Can you only teach English? Are there any other kinds of job opportunities?
Since I was here in 2013, the opportunities have grown exponentially. I’m about to start an IT Recruitment/Marketing position in the heart of Patong. There’s also plenty modeling/acting roles, if you’re into that kinda thing! Check out the local job pages on Facebook eg: Phuket Jobs.
- Can you live on $500/R7000?
Nope. It’s not that cheap. Your starting salary here is 30 000Baht, and you can live pretty comfortably on that if you’re not too extravagant.
- Do you get a massage every single day?
Don’t be ridiculous – every second day.
- Can you live by the ocean? Or are there only jobs in the cities?
You can find teaching positions/jobs in the cities far easier than near the ocean and the ‘prettier’ places. In saying that, there are pros to living in they city; it’s easier to get around and far cheaper to live. There are places to work/live by the ocean but you’re going to have to dig a bit more – very doable.
- What items are expensive?
Sunscreen and alcohol.
- How do you get around? What form of transportation do you use?
I know a lot of tourists use scooters/motor bikes – I don’t want to die young so I don’t. You can take scooter taxis that the locals drive, much cheaper than tuk tuks and proper taxis. I really like the local shuttles, its 30baht a trip. Otherwise, there’s this thing called walking.
- Is it unbearably humid?
Depends on the time of year, right now (Feb) it’s absolutely amazing. Monsoon season is from May – November, Thailand basically has two seasons – HOT and rain. I’m from Durban in South Africa, so I’m used to a bit of humidity, it’s not that bad for me. Most of the hotels/hostels have AC and otherwise… hit the beach and suck it up. Just a hint… when it rains, it pours. Don’t bother with jeans or long-sleeved shirts.
Thanks so much for sending in your questions, if you have more, please pop them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you!
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