A good selection of courses, cheap prices, friendly people, superb weather, tasty food – There are plenty of reasons why Thailand remains one of the best countries in the world when it comes to learning holidays. As evidenced by the number of ex-pats who have either retired or are living here indefinitely, the “Land of Smiles” is an affordable and comfortable location in which to base yourself for a long-stay. Accommodation abounds and many options offer discounts for stays of one week or more. Add that to an amazing array of courses, which encompasses everything from traditional Thai subjects like cooking and massage to more conventional skills like Photography and English teaching, and you have a recipe for an ideal learning vacation. Oh…and let’s also not forget the many islands and pristine white-sand beaches on which you can kick back and relax while you study.

When to Go?

Weather is generally agreeable (albeit a bit hot) at all times of the year. December to March usually sees the most ideal temperatures with the least amount of rain and humidity but, uncoincidentally, the highest prices and most tourists. In April and May, things heat up considerably and then give way to a rainy season lasting until November. Don’t be put off by the rainy season. Not only are prices much cheaper but the temperatures are rouhgly the same as during the dry season. You just have to expect more rain.

Cost of Living

The well-developed tourist industry has created a comfortable and good-value selection of guesthouses, hotels, serviced apartments, studios and condos, many of which have long stay options and discounts. Prices are negotiable and you can find options suiting all budgets, no matter how big or small, but in general you can expect to pay anywhere from 6,000 to 18,000 THB ($200 – $600) per month for a decent one-bedroom serviced apartment with Internet. Food costs are cheap by Western standards and you could get by with as little as $5 per day (for Thai food). Double that if you intend to eat Western food or dine at more upscale restaurants.

Visas

Citizens of most Western countries can stay in Thailand 30 days visa free. If you intend to stay longer be sure to apply for a 60 day Tourist Visa at a Thai Embassy/consulate before you leave. Tourist Visas can be extended for varying lengths once in Thailand. Leaving Thailand and coming back in is an option but, be aware, that you only get an additional 15 days if you re-enter by land. If you are planning to study Thai, language schools have been known to sponsor study visas.

What to Learn?

Who wouldn't feel satisfied after finishing a Thai meal?

Thai CookingFor some, the highlight of a trip to Thailand is the food, which is quite the compliment considering the country’s caliber of attractions. The ability to cook some tasty Thai dishes like phat thai and tom yam kung is a skill that will undoubtedly impress. More >>

Thai Massage- A Thai holiday is not complete without getting an authentic Thai massage. Why not learn how to give one too? More>>

Meditation and BuddhismA fantastic self-improvement skill. Meditating opens your mind to new ideas and reduces stress. With a history, culture and people steeped in the Buddhist tradition, Thailand remains one of the best countries for learning this spiritual skill. More>>

Yoga- If you don’t have the time for a Buddhist/meditation retreat then learning some Yoga, which incorporates the same principles of the Thereveda Buddhism practiced in Thailand, is also a good way to clear your mind and improve your health. More>>

Thai LanguageMany students come to Thailand to learn Thai, a fascinating language with a beautiful written script and immensely useful if you plan on staying in Thailand long-term. Some Thai language schools will also sponsor your visa, which is an added bonus. More>>

ArtsThailand remains a good value destination for learning drawing, painting and photography. Many courses cater to foreigners and are taught by either foreign instructors or English-speaking Thais. More>>

English TeachingThailand is currently the cheapest locale in the world for obtaining the internationally recognized CELTA certificate, which can be completed in 4 weeks in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Phuket. Other TEFL courses also abound, making Thailand an excellent place to hone your teaching skills. More>>

DivingThe diving scene is centered on the island of Ko Tao in the Gulf of  Thailand. There you will find all kinds of free diving and Scuba diving courses leading to PADI, SSI and other diving certifications. Many schools also offer accommodation. More>>

Muay ThaiAlso known as Thai boxing, men, women and children can train in this traditional Thai martial art. Not only does it teach you self-defense skills and give you a good insight into the Thai culture, but it also helps you keep fit. More>>

Gemology and Jewelry MakingSitting in one of the richest gem producing regions in the world, Thailand has a long history of dealing with gems and making jewelry. Those who study gemology here get excellent value for their money. More>>

 

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