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  1. There are plenty of magical places. The South is beautiful and you've made a good choice. I have been to a lot of great places, but -- obviously -- not all. I will share what I have enjoyed. You can do your own research on time and route. Everything can be reached by mini bus if you plan well. Hua Hin -- On the water, maybe not the prettiest, but the vibe is very relaxed and nice. Phi Phi Island -- the town itself is a Farang mess, but there a few places to stay up in the hills that are so quiet and peaceful. The boat ride from Krabi is unbelievable. Emerald Cave, Trang -- Most tours of Trang Islands will stop here. Try to find a trip that will leave early in the morning. Swim through a cave and discover a hidden beach inside an island. Lake Thale Noi, Phattalung -- this isn't a beach, but it is magical. Take a boat ride across a giant lake filled with lotus flowers. Most tours are about 2 hours, best to come in the very early morning. Satun -- beautiful beaches on the mainland, I can't remember the names. Satun is pretty quiet and you may need to be good at charades (or Thai language). Satun is also well known for Koh Lipe, an island off the coast. I haven't been there yet, but I have a trip reserved in January. Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  2. In Thai language learning, they separate vowels and consonants so you won't see them together like in the English alphabet. Gaw is the sound of ก Gaw Gai is the sound with an example word ไก่ meaning chicken. For ก that might seem kind of redundant, but there are several consonants that have similar sounds. P, for example, is represented with 3 different consonants ภ พ ผ . To specify which one you are using, you would use both the sound -- Paw and also the sample word. - sumpow ภ. สำเภา (Sorry I don't have a lot of experience writing with phonetics. I hope my phonetics don't confuse you.) I have found that both ways of spelling put loud are used, but especially on the double consonants, Thai people will emphasize with the example word. It seems like a lot at first, but the benefit is that when you are done with the alphabet, you'll already know 44 words! Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  3. Translation App

    The other GREAT app is แปลเสียง ไทย- อังกฤษ but it is only for Android. It translates dictated speech. Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. Translation App

    I really like Thai Fast Dictionary, a free app. Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  5. I didn't try the pizza, but saw it at another table and it looked good. I am not a big pizza eater, though, so I'm not the best judge. Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  6. I am just settling back into Trang. On the way home from work today and I tried Mamma Mia's Pizza and Coffee Shop on Visatekul near Soi 5. 0972642179 The owners are an Italian man and his Thai wife. Both just returned from 30 years cooking in Italian kitchens and you can taste it. I had the spaghetti carbonara (180B) and I wanted to lick the bowl (and I probably did, when you weren't looking). Paninis, Pizza, Salads, and Pastas. It came with bread with olive oil and balsamic (as it should). I had a lemon shake to drink for a total 220B. It was delicious. The setting is very Italian in decor, and the owner is very friendly. Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  7. One of my favorites. I have been going there for 5-6 years, and consistently good. I make myself try something different every time I go, and I've never been disappointed. Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  8. My sister works at PSU and it is a really great resource. They frequently have community events -- not always advertised beyond the campus, but certainly open for the campus. It would be worth "liking" them on Facebook to get some of those announcements. I have been to a few concerts that they have put on and they are filled from people all around the South. The library is open to the public, but wifi and copying are at a nominal fee for non-PSU students. They have a neat museum for natural history. They have a great food market where the emphasis is on clean, healthy eating. I also like eating in the PSU hospital cafeteria -- cheap and good! (There is a stall there that I have declared 'Best Khao Man Gai' in the country.) There is a massage center on PSU's campus -- actually it is part of their natural medicine faculty. You can get amazing traditional massages. The pool at PSU is new and nice, but I'm not sure if it is open to the public (I have a feeling it is....for a fee, of course) I am a big fan of Hat Yai. There is a lot to do and eat there! I wish I had more answers for you about Songkhla. The night market in Songkhla is loaded with good southern thai food, including 'ancient' snacks/sweets. The night market sometimes has a shadow puppet theatre. There is a small department store area, Lee Subsin, with some other small shops. The beach is nice and peaceful, a lot of people sit out there at sunset and eat snacks -- there are also a lot of groups that sit together (Muslims, School students, etc.) for community meetings. There are a lot of sea-view restaurants that have big menus and a relaxing atmosphere. There are some beautiful temples including Khao Tang Kuan Pagoda with views of both the lake and the ocean. In writing this, I reflect that I am definitely in 'tourist' mode when I am in Songkhla and am not sure what I would do day-to-day if I lived there. Sorry I couldn't help more.
  9. Thai English Translator App

    What I like about แปลเสียงไทย is that it is voiced. I have had a lot of fun practicing my accent/tones. I'd still love to find a voiced translator app for the iphone to show my friend.
  10. Thank you. I am aware of how to use ajarn.com -- as a reminder, finding a job was not my original question.
  11. There is nothing on ajarn for me, it tends to be very Bangkok centered. I have done direct outreach to both schools and agencies where I want to teach. I have heard back from one school and one agency. I'm very appreciative of those who responded -- per request -- with pros and cons of both experiences. I like to do my research before making decisions.
  12. A Pollyanna? Hmm. That was a quick judgement. I'm wanting to be as realistic as possible, that is why I sought advice here. Of course things have changed in 20 years, again, that's why I'm asking. Gee, thanks for the advice on the visa process. Why, this Pollyanna just wouldn't know where to look for such hard to find information. My question wasn't about visas. My question was a comparison of agency vs. direct hire. ...and I'm not sure why. I might just be a little more intelligent and capable of critical thinking than you take me for. I'm not teaching in Bangkok. ....and, interestingly enough, I'm capable of doing salary research. Again, that wasn't my question. Now why would you assume no degree? Goodness, you woke up on the wrong side of the bed today.
  13. Thanks! I taught in Bangkok 20 years ago. I arrived without a job and it all worked out fine, so I'm not so worried about finding a job. This go 'round I will not be in BKK and have done a mix of direct contact to schools and to an agency. I'm just curious about the use of agencies as I have never used one in the past. I like the offer I've received from the agency (and it is only for one semester, so I can use that time to meet with schools directly, if need.).... still weighing my options.
  14. Thai English Translator App

    Does anyone have a good translator app from the app store (apple)? I showed my bf the แปลเสียงไทย app and now he wants one for his iphone....but we couldn't find it in the app store.
  15. Thai English Translator App

    Wow! This app is amazing! Thanks for the recommendation.