Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: Expats and digital nomads love Bangkok. The low cost of living (depending upon your lifestyle), tropical climate, vibrant city life and friendly people make it popular destination. They offer an insider's view of day-t0-day life in this amazing city.

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What are the schools in Bangkok like?

"When I found Glory Singapore International School all I wanted is a school that is near our house but I found a partner instead. Their approach to each student is sincere and the action they does reflects to the whole system-Faculty, students as well as all the people who work in the school. The school's curriculum will certainly help my daughter develop a competitive edge which can help her achieve more in the future. One more thing, no need to worry about kids picking on yours because the school promotes values and hard tasks are given as challenges that inspires kids. Curriculum is not easy but the school inspires kids and parents alike to succeed," said another expat in Bangkok with children at Glory Singapore International School.

"The school is amazing and you can really get the best out of it if your child is willing to study hard. The school's achievement rate is significantly higher than other international schools in bangkok, with many students receiving Top in the World and Top in Thailand prizes in their iGCSE and A-Level examinations. O," remarked another parent with kids at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok.

"I think this is an excellent school for the early years if you want to instill the love of learning in your child. Just make sure you know the theme of the month and also read up on it to keep up. My four year old came home one day and told me, "Do you know, mummy, we should not buy a car as they make black smoke and make Mother Earth sick. Also if we buy lots of toys, factories will make more, and make our earth hot and the ice will become water, and the polar bear have no place to live."," explained one expat living in Bangkok, Thailand.

"I would look carefully at the British school Bangkok Patana and the more American school ISB. Both have much more experienced and wiser heads and are not run by a Thai board of governors. NIST is no longer as international in outlook as it was, increasing Thai student numbers and there are rumours that one of the leading Board members wants to buy the school. The lower end of the school has much better leadership than the middle and high school section which lacks credibility amongst most of the parents," said another parent with children at NIST International School in Bangkok.

"I was happy at first, my daughter was very happy. It's small, friendly staff, nice children and a decent education. What I notices is that there is no staff retention. I liked my daughter's teachers last year, but neither of them are back this year, actually, there are hardly any familiar faces in the teaching staff. It also seems that what was part of the school is now an apartment. Not sure what that means for the school. It's a good thing we're heading back to the UK," commented one expat when asked about British School of Bangkok - aka Topsy Turvy International School in Bangkok.

"The school is excellent, especially given the fee structure which is much lower than in other schools. However you need not to be prejudiced against Asian culture. Because the schools accepts so many Japanese students in Kindergarten, it lowers the general level of English spoken. On the other hand, the academic level is very high. My daughter was able to read/write fluent in K2. Teachers are very dedicated and seem to love their work. I recommend that school," explained one expat in Bangkok, Thailand with kids at Wells International School.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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