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  1. Probably depends on what you are bringing to the table that is in short supply in Thailand. What are the duties and required skill set?
  2. I find the comments to this thread very interesting in that not a single foreigner studying in a Thai university has weighed in with their opinion. I am currently in my last year of my PhD in computational science at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai. While I can't say anything about other universities in Thailand, the programs at MFU are of very high quality, facilities are modern and faculty are top notch (in the school of science anyway). From what I see there are no free passes at MFU. If you don't do the work, you are out of the program. Plus they also go to great lengths to detect and eradicate plagiarism, the penalties for which are severe. Is the Thai education system in general world class? No, it is not. That aside, can you get a world class education in Thailand? Yes, you can. The fact that grads from MFU, CMU, Chula, AIT, etc are on the faculty at many US universities bears that out. As one poster already mentioned, a Thai university degree from virtually any university here will get you into a grad program in the USA. To say a degree from Thailand is worthless is a stupid statement. Would I recommend a foreign student to study here? Depends on the situation, but I would definitely not warn them off. I have worked very hard studying at MFU. And when I graduate next year, I will be very proud of my achievement and thankful to the great faculty in the school of science.
  3. Usually the BOI will request evidence that you have the required experience for the position you will hold. I had to do this when the company I work for upgraded my position. The BOI wanted a letter from a former employer stating I had worked for them previously and describing the position I held with them. As another poster mentioned, there are certain minimums for years of experience. If you can provide a letter like I did and show a timeline of work experience that meets the minimums, you should be OK. The BOI is generally not obstructionist. If you can't meet the BOI's requirements, you can still get a work permit. Your employer will simply have to pay you more (on the books anyway) and jump through a few more hoops. But it is doable.
  4. Stay away from the ridgeback. We had one for three years. Beautiful dog, but territorial as hell and pretty much attached only to my wife. Bit me, all of my friends, my mother, the next door neighbors. Had to get rid of him in the end. Like the pit bulls, etc. I would be very wary about having one of those with young kids around. Probably doable with lots of training, but in my mind not worth the effort. Huskies are great with kids. We got one a few months back and have absolutely no regrets. Smart, and tons of personality, plus she is a gorgeous looking dog. Super friendly animal, she totally sucks as watchdog though :-(
  5. I'm a farang student at Mae Fah Luang. Can't say anything about teaching there, but it is a very nice atmosphere on campus. Maybe doesn't quite have the charm CMU has. Facilities are clean and modern. Over the last couple of years I have noticed tons of money is pouring into MFU. New dorms, labs, etc popping up all over. Depending on where you live in CR, the ring road may be convenient. It has finally opened and connects the southern extreme of the city with the northern one, just a couple of clicks shy of MFU. Saves me tons of time on my five or six trips from Chiang Mai every semester. In my experience MFU is a proper school. Students who don't perform are cut and there does not seem to be a "free pass" system in play (though I could be wrong). For sure there isn't in the grad school anyway. And, as another poster stated, lots of very good cycling opportunities.
  6. Hi I live in Doi Saket and am looking for people interested in practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I have been learning for many years, but starting to get bored practicing by myself. It would be a lot of fun to meet up with some enthusiastic folks to practice together, regardless of style. I can also teach Chen style if anyone is interested. I teach the Chen style 83 movement long form (Yi Lu), the Er Lu, "canon fist", form as well as basic push hands drills and Chan Ssu Gong (silk reeling exercises). Not looking to teach for money. Teaching helps keep my own motivation to practice high. If anyone is interested in seeing what Chen style Tai Chi looks like, here is a link to my teacher's youtube channel. If it looks like something you might want to do, get in touch. Evenings and weekends are best for me as I work full time. http://www.youtube.com/user/shxtaiji Cheers PS: I posted this earlier as Tai Chi in Doi Saket. Wrote a single word and then somehow hit Post. If any moderators see this, please delete my previous post!
  7. Thanks for that, at last a bit of positivity :-) Could you recommend to me any agencies and agents in particular who could help me please? My current plan is to take a TEFL course and try to get an English teaching job for when I arrive. I'm told that it's hard to get one without a degree, but I know for a fact that there are many English teachers out there without even the TEFL. Maybe it's just got harder in the past few years. Well, without a degree you may find it difficult to come by quality I.T. work. Not impossible to find something I suppose. The company I work for almost never hires anyone (Thai or expat) without a degree. Technically it is not a requirement for a work permit, so if you can convince an outfit to hire you it should be OK. I don't know anything about agencies. You could try developing contacts on LinkedIn maybe. I get hit up on there by one company or another from time to time.
  8. I have also been in IT in Thailand for the last 20 years. I have never had trouble getting work. But you need to network and develop contacts with people in the industry. If you don't need to land a job as soon as you arrive, then you can take the time to meet people in IT here and put the word out that you are available. Obviously, the more people you know, the better chance you will find something up your street that pays a decent wage. If you really have good project management skills, I would shop those around first. There is plenty of work here. As anywhere else these days, universities are simply not producing enough qualified IT and computer science people to satisfy demand. It certainly isn't super easy breaking into the industry here, but it can be done. A solid skill set in project management or a current, in-demand technology is what will get you in. Good luck!
  9. I saw a few at Baan and Beyond a while back.
  10. Hi, Does anyone know of a lawyer in Chiang Mai who has experience with Thai immigration law? Specifically assisting with getting all necessary i's dotted and t's crossed for a Thai citizenship application. I have been eligible to apply for quite some time, but haven't got around to it as the application procedure seems rather daunting. Now I am in my early 50's and figure I shouldn't wait any longer as age can start to become a negative factor. Thanks!
  11. Thanks for the info everyone. I got in touch with Khun Kan and sent him the drawing, bill of quantities and some pics. He is working up a quotation. Cheers!
  12. Hi, Does anyone know of a good carpenter? Our house has a lot of doors and windows framed in wood, but they have no screens on them. Kind of a major design flaw on my part, but there ya go. We have four sliding glass doors, and a bunch of windows. I want the screens to be framed in wood so that they match with the design of our house. It is a pretty big job as the sliding doors will have to be re-hung so space can be made for screens, and all windows are non-standard sizes. We went to Thaweephan and had them give us a quote. They are really, really expensive. In the end I will pay their price if I have to, but I would like to first see if there is an alternative. I have all the engineering drawings Thaweephan made. They look quite reasonable, so anyone taking the job could just execute the designs as they have been drawn up. Keep in mind I am looking for someone capable of doing fine work. Thanks! EDIT: Guess I should say that we are in Doi Saket, Chiang Mai
  13. Jesus, did you even read what I wrote? I would not put much stock in what any "associate professor" or "medical lecturer" from Thailand says. Oh boy...There is so much wrong with this statistically and methodologically that it's not even worth considering. Oh boy...there's so much wrong with your denial that it's not even worth considering. Why not point out what is wrong with his "denial" in a reasoned fashion? Supplying counter arguments, references and examples goes a lot farther than assuming the rest of us will automatically subscribe to your point of view.
  14. This would be the supposed 4th ring road. I have a map of the proposed route showing it going from somewhere near Hang Dong, going around to near Bor Sang and cutting north, crossing the Chiang Rai road (118) a few kilometers west of Doi Saket. From there it continues northish crossing the 1001 at Ban Nong Harn (about 6 kilometers north of Mae Jo) and keeps going crossing the Mae Rim road and looks like it ends in Mae Sa. I got this map about two years ago from a guy who had photocopies and highways dept. map. Resolution is not good so it's hard to say exactly where near Doi Saket it will pass. But if the road will actually be built, and if the proposed route is still the same, it will cross the 118 about three or four kilometers away from Doi Saket town on the Chiang Mai side. I really hope it gets built as it will shave 30 minutes off my commute to work. Nobody in my area, Pa Sak Noi, knows if/when it will be built, exactly where it will go through or how big it might be. If anyone gets updated info, please do post it on TV. Cheers