Information about South East Asia
The downfalls of living in South East Asia!
Information about South Asia
This hub is the result of my lifestyle and why I’ve chosen to work in Asia in the aftermath of global recession and a missed graduation ceremony, seemingly many moons ago. There are too many thoughts rolling around an incessant brain, too many experiences that need to be shared with an aim to connect with like-minded people and provide helpful, relevant information about South Asia. This has come about as a consequence of living in Thailand and working in Asia, or as some Thai's would say "You live Thailand?". Excellent.
Having spent just over a year living in Thailand working as an English Foreign Language teacher, I have recently found a desire to publish material of my experiences and opinions about South Asia. I'll mainly be blogging about life in Thailand,but also my time travelling around South East Asia, teaching English as a foreign language, useful stuff about Scuba diving, Thai language, Thai culture, working and living in Australia and some other cool experiences from along the way.
I can't really decide why I want to do this, and maybe it's an ingrained fundamental human need to socialise and communicate that has suddenly driven a want to blurt information about south Asia? Whatever the reasons, here goes...
Travelled, lived or worked in South East Asia? Where?
Living in Asia
Living in Thailand has been one of the most interesting and exciting experiences with a mixture of as many highs and low's one can imagine! A change in culture has been one of the most challenging aspects to adapt to, but one that has fundamentally been the most rewarding part of life in Thailand and a great introduction and first insight about South East Asia.
From my experiences so far I have discovered that the people of South East Asia are the most friendly, welcoming, hospitable and warm people I have been lucky enough to meet, interact and live alongside. Here, they don't call it 'Smileland' for nothing! Becoming an accepted part of a Thai community has been in a word, special. An experience I feel most privileged to have had.
What you'll find when you visit Asia, especially if you get off the beaten track a bit, is that you may just become an instant celebrity. People want to get get to know you; where your from, where your going, how long you have been there for and such. This can be an exciting yet a little overwhelming at first, so embrace the moment and enjoy it! You might not be getting that much attention when you get home!
Apart from the people, it has to be said that life in Asia has many more benefits. The food for example is renowned for being some of the best in the world. A lot of time is spent by locals, who often eat several meals a day, eating. From what I have experienced, eating and socialising whilst doing so, play a massive part in daily Asian life and and Asian society. Quite often one of the first question's I'll be asked when speaking to a friend, talking to students or randomly meeting a stranger in the street is, "Have you eaten yet?". Not only are many of the foods delicious, they're also very cheap! Something many travellers and local expats love about South Asia. A bowl of chicken and noodle soup will set you back about 30 baht in Thailand, equivalent to £0.60p or $1! Incredible.
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