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Teach in Thailand with Explore Thailand!

Teach English in Thailand! Ongoing starts every month with the Explore Thailand program. Teach for 4 months or less. Full orientation in Chiang Mai or Hua Hin with optional TEFL certification. Guaranteed monthly salary of THB 30,000, lots of teacher support! Apply now!

  • Overview
  • Dates & Deadlines
  • How it works
  • About the TEFL course
  • Locations
  • Why this program?
  • FAQs
  • Practicalities
  • Facts
  • Apply now!

Explore Thailand logo

Get TEFL qualified and trained in Chiang Mai or Hua Hin, make lots of new friends and teach in Thailand with Explore Thailand!

All schools are carefully screened to ensure you of a fantastic experience. Lots of in country support with arrival dates throughout the year.

Celebrate this truly amazing country and join Explore Thailand!

The options

Option A: TEFL Course in Chiang Mai or Hua Hin + Guaranteed Teaching Placement - JUST

  • 3 week TEFL course in Chiang Mai or Hua Hin including all accommodation
  • Paid teaching program in Thailand
  • Guaranteed monthly salary of THB 30,000
  • Full guidance through application and visa process
  • Airport pick up on arrival
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin (for Hua Hin course participants)
  • Full 1 week orientation in Hua Hin including accommodation and excursions​
  • One semester placement (or less if you arrive midway through a semester)
  • Your school will be carefully screened by program managers
  • Ongoing start dates each month
  • 24 / 7 local support network
  • Lonely Planet E Guide to Thailand

Option B: Online TEFL + Guaranteed Teaching Placement - JUST

  • Includes everything from Option A but do your TEFL course On-line instead of in Chiang Mai or Hua Hun

Thai beach

Dates and deadlines

You can now start teaching in Thailand almost any month of the year!

Hua Hin

A perfect balance between city and sea, Hua Hin is perfect for those seeking a piece of paradise on Thailand’s balmy tropical shores. With an upbeat, cosmopolitan feel, Hua Hin is an ideal location for teachers who want to learn how to teach English abroad. Popular with Thailand’s royals and wealthy expats alike, Hua Hin is Thailand’s original beach resort.

Start Application deadline
Jan 30th 2017 Nov 30th 2016
Feb 27th 2017 Dec 27th 2016
April 3rd 2017 Feb 3rd 2017
May 1st 2017 March 1st 2017
May 29th 2017 March 29th 2017
June 26th 2017 April 26th 2017
July 31st 2017 May 30th 2017
Aug 28th 2017 June 28th 2017
Sept 25th 2017 July 25th 2017
Oct 30th 2017 Aug 30th 2017
Nov 27th 2017 Sept 27th 2017
Dec 27th 2017 Oct 27th 2017

Chiang Mai

Thailand’s own ebullient northern city provides a sanctuary for all those overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. From ancient temples built by the Lanna kings to the mountains of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui, Chiang Mai is the perfect place to take a deep breath of fresh mountain air and feel at one with the world.

Start Application deadline
April 3, 2017 February 3, 2017
May 1, 2017 March 1, 2017
September 25, 2017 July 25, 2017
October 30, 2017 August 30, 2017

Thai beach

How it works

  • Take part in a full 1 week orientation in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai
  • Complete your 3 week TEFL course (if you are doing the On-line TEFL program, you’ll need to complete your TEFL prior to departure)
  • Transfer to your host town or city and teach English in Thailand!

Already have a TEFL certificate?

TEFL qualified applicants can still apply and receive a discount.


  • Passport of UK, USA, CAN, IRE, NZ, SA or AUS (due to visa requirements)
  • Bachelor’s degree (any subject)
  • Culturally adaptable
  • Under 50 years old (due to school requirements)


About the TEFL course in Chiang Mai / Hua Hin

Get ready for your Thailand teaching experience with a comprehensive 120 hour TEFL course in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai

  • 120 hours of in-class teaching preparation
  • 10 hours of teaching practice with actual ESL students
  • Internationally accredited by OTTSA (Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Agency)
  • Teach anywhere in the world with this qualification

About the On-line TEFL

  • Includes bonus section on teaching young learners
  • Learn the best ways to make classes fun and engaging
  • Study this TEFL course online from your laptop, desktop or mobile device
  • No time limit meaning you can work at your own pace
  • Externally accredited course meaning content and teaching methods have been rigorously scrutinized to meet and exceed industry standards
  • Support from experienced, well qualified tutors

Locations for teaching in Thailand

Placements are with schools who pass the program selection criteria.

Schools are throughout Thailand. You can state a preference for location however, due to logistics and the needs of various school no guarantees can be made

Why this program?

  • High level of teacher support ensuring you can have complete peace of mind about your life in Thailand
  • Place on teaching program is 100% guaranteed before you go
  • Couples and friends can apply and live together
  • Full visa guidance pre-departure
  • Orientation includes cultural excursions such as Muay Thai lessons, Thai language classes, visit to an elephant sanctuary & BBQ party
  • Teach 18 – 25 classes per week
  • Teach at a Kindergarten, Primary or Secondary school
  • Expert local team will work with you to discuss your placement preferences*

*Note - while every effort is made to ensure you are placed at a school that matches your preferences, applicants should also be aware that the final hiring decision is made by the school.


Do I have assistance with finding accommodation?

Your school will assist you to find accommodation but the rent is not paid by the program. However, renting an apartment in Thailand is very cheap and you can usually find a nice, furnished studio apartment for around £60 - £80 per month.

How much are utilities in Thailand?

Expect to pay around £30 monthly for your utilities.

How big is the expat community in Thailand?

Thailand is a really popular destination for expats and teaching English in Thailand is a popular choice of career for many of the local expat population. So, most towns and cities have sizeable foreign communities.

When is my placement finalized?

This is usually confirmed during the first week after arrival in Thailand. A member of the placement team will negotiate on your behalf with local schools to find a position for you. The placement success rate for this program is 100%.

Is there an application deadline?

The Explore Thailand program is unique in that hiring, orientation and placement continues year round. This means the arrival date is flexible and you can start pretty much anytime. Application deadline is 2 months prior to the arrival date you want. As an example, if you want to arrive in July, you’d need to apply before May.

Do ESLstarter help with the visa process?

Yes, we will assist you through the visa process and provide the latest advice regarding obtaining a visa for Thailand. Our team have been working with teachers through the Thai visa process for over 8 years now and so can offer you plenty of advice and help.

Can I extend my placement if I want to stay longer?

Yes, this is possible provided the school agree. We can assist with extending your stay in Thailand as you get towards your contract completion date.

Are any vaccinations necessary for Thailand?

We recommend checking with your physician for the latest advice on vaccinations for Thailand. As a general rule, Hep A, B and Typhoid are strongly advised.

What happens when I arrive?

You will be met at the airport and then transfer to the orientation venue to complete the orientation session / TEFL course. From here, you will be given information about your school and how to get to your host town city.

Do the schools have a curriculum?

Thai schools are generally not well resourced in comparison to some countries. However, most of the schools have teaching materials such as text books, CDs and flashcards ready for teachers to use. Explore Thailand works together with partner schools to update and improve existing curriculum.

Will I have a co-teacher?

It’s best to work on the assumption that you will be the only teacher in the class. Sometimes the younger classes have a co-teacher but this is not always the case.

Is there a dress code for teaching in Thailand?

Thailand expects its’ teachers to lead by example and dress smartly! So, for men shirt, tie and trousers. For ladies, blouse, skirt below the knee and formal shoes.

Are meals expensive in Thailand?

Eating out is one of the great delights of living in Thailand! You can get delicious food for a very low cost. For example, a bowl of noodles or a spicy mango salad is around THB 30. Expect to pay around THB 40 for a chicken or fish dish with rice.

How safe is Thailand?

On the whole, Thailand is a very safe country. Thai people are gentle and welcoming to foreigners.  They are also non-confrontational and will go out of their way to make you feel at ease. The main thing to remember is to exercise common sense. Watch your belongings in crowded stations, don’t use unmetered taxis etc. However, it’s nothing to be too paranoid about so go with the flow and enjoy Thailand! 

Will my phone work in Thailand?

You can get help at the orientation for setting up a Thai phone. Alternatively, we recommend getting your phone unlocked prior to travelling so you can use a new SIM which will work in Thailand.    

Do I pay tax in Thailand?

Income tax / health / accident insurance is fixed at 3%, which will be automatically deducted from your salary.

How do I open a Thai bank account?

A team member will help you with this and then you will be paid into your Thai bank account in local salary each month.

Buddha temple


Health Care

The standard of health care in Bangkok is excellent and in the provincial capitals it is very good. From the rural areas it's probably best to head to a provincial capital to get the best treatment. Most doctors speak English and pharmacies are plentiful even throughout the smaller towns and cities.


Dive in and try it! Thai food is simply world-class! From fiery red curries to stuffed pork omelet, from mouth-melting mango salad to tangy chicken soup, Thai cuisine is hot, bursting with flavor and utterly addictive. Street vendors with an ardent following of local diners are always a great bet for a cheap and tasty fill! If you long for some home comfort food, Western restaurants serving up European and American food are never far away.

Drinking a coconut

Travelling in Thailand

The best (and cheapest!) way to see Thailand is to do as the locals do and hop on a bus. The country is well-served by a bus network that reaches into even the most remote of spots, far from the tourist crowds. Fares are extremely competitive with a two hour air-con bus journey costing around THB120. Trains are also an economic way to travel around Thailand. Tickets can be booked on-line or in person and 3rd, 2nd or 1st class carriages are available on the sleeper trains that head north toward Chiang Mai and Nong Khai or south toward Hat Yai, Trang and the Malaysian border.

What to bring

Save on baggage allowance by leaving your winter wardrobe at home. The temperature in Thailand rarely gets below 28 degrees so sweaters and jackets are not necessary!

Here's a quick check-list of what we'd recommend bringing with you:

  • Smart, conservative clothes for work
  • Summer clothes
  • Umbrella (for rainy season)
  • Beachy stuff like flip-flops and swim-wear
  • Sun-tan lotion
  • Shades
  • Hat
  • Mosquito repellent

BUT, if you forget any of the above, don't worry as it's all readily available in Thailand in many cases at a fraction of the price!

Smiling Thai boys

Fast Facts Thailand

  • 63,050,510 - current population of Thailand
  • 95% - percentage of Thai population that are Buddhist
  • 146,000 - population of Thailand's elegant northern capital Chiang Mai
  • 64 years - the number of years Thailand's Head of State King Bhumibol has reigned.
  • 30 degrees C - the average annual temperature in Bangkok
  • August, September & October - the peak rainy season months with an average of 213mm's worth of tropical downpours per month!
  • 1 -average rainy days in December, January and February
  • 168cms - the height of an average Thai male
  • 2,585 meters - the highest point in Thailand which is Mount Ithanon, located in Doi Ithanon National Park near Chiang Mai
  • Farang - the word that Thai's use to refer to foreigners. Farang is also the Thai name for Guava fruit!
  • Siam - the name that Thailand went by before 1949
  • 15.5 million - the number of foreign tourists the Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes to attract in 2015

How much in Thailand?

Thailand is an inexpensive country to live in by Western standards. Here's a guide to how much bang you can get for your Baht...

Item Cost THB*
Furnished apartment in modern residential block 3,000 - 4,000 monthly
Bowl of noodle soup from a street vendor 30
Big Mac set 120
Espresso 30
Food court meal 30
Dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant 400
Pint of beer 100
6 pack of Thai lager 119
Glass of wine 150
10 minute taxi journey 70
Beach bungalow accommodation 200
Tube of toothpaste 50
1 liter bottle of water 10
English language newspaper 30
1 month gym membership 800
Overnight sleeper train ticket from BKK to Surat Thani 900
Tray of fresh fruit 20

*At time of writing, USD1 = 32THB or £1 = 48 THB. Please note that this is an approximate guide only and costs may be subject to change.

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