1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Bangkok vs Singapore

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by MsBunnell, Feb 14, 2020 at 8:42 AM.

  1. MsBunnell

    MsBunnell New commenter

    hello everyone,

    I have a job offer for both countries. For those who have experience living and working in both, which country do you prefer in terms of quality of life, ease of travel to other Asian destinations, people, political stability, health etc?
     
  2. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    I lived in Bangkok for a couple of years and have visited Singapore many times in the past. Bangkok was great - culture, friendly people, food and holidays within the country. It has become more expensive in recent years and the pollution is a problem (it was one factor in us leaving) but the top schools still offer good packages. We had a good time.

    I love Singapore and it is very different to Bangkok in a number of ways. People either love or hate either place I have found and from searching the forum, Singapore is one of the most competitive places to land a job so well done on that! If I was returning to Asia (which I love) then I would choose Singapore so long as the package is good enough as it is an expensive place to live. It can come across as sterile and orderly which BKK is certainly not. Great links to other countries in Asia and a much more westernised standard of living, although you can find lots of western comforts in BKK now. Weather wise - BKK hot, humid, rainy during rainy season, Singapore is a but more humid and rainy from my experience but not a great deal in it. I am not sure about the pollution in Singapore but that would be the deal maker or breaker for me, along with packages.
     
  3. MsBunnell

    MsBunnell New commenter

     
  4. MsBunnell

    MsBunnell New commenter

    Thanks worlo. The pollution will be a deal breaker for me. I haven’t received the Singapore offer yet, but Bangkok has offered 134000 baht. I’m on UPS so any feedback will be much appreciated. I haven’t been to either countries so would love to have thoughts from others.
     
  5. fordseries123

    fordseries123 New commenter

    Worlo 24,

    Very good and fair summary (in my opinion) of both countries.

    Ms Bunnell,

    Is that 134,000B before or after tax? Plus does your job offer including housing, flights, bonus, medical, Shipping, etc. Also clarify how much PPA/non-contact time your position has.
     
    worlo24 likes this.
  6. MsBunnell

    MsBunnell New commenter

     
  7. MsBunnell

    MsBunnell New commenter

    Fordseries, it is before tax. Free accommodation nearby school but if I choose to live elsewhere am paying for it on my own. Yearly bonus, flights back etc. My partner is getting a transfer as well (not an educator) so we’ll have 2 incomes. The post is a specialist position so 1:1 and small group teaching, very much like Singapore so PPA is still unknown.Both are newish schools (less than 5 years).
     
    worlo24 likes this.
  8. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    before tax is that? What is the package of the Bangkok offer? Flights, accommodation, medical etc. Will you be supporting a spouse or child? All things to consider when looking at offers
     
  9. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    Tax is around 20% but you can claim it back. Sounds a good deal to me with the bonus, flights and accommodation, plus a second income will mean that you can save and travel around during half term
     
  10. fordseries123

    fordseries123 New commenter

    If you leave (the country that is) after 2 years you can get most of your tax back. However the companies that help you do this process charge between 20 to 40% commission fee. If you have no children, and with your partner having a second income, then I think you can live a comfortable life in Bangkok with your salary, make some savings and have several holidays each year.
     
  11. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    If the pollution is a deal breaker than you might want to hold off and wait for the Singapore offer. My friends out there have said that it has been really bad, to the extent that they have had to stay indoors lots because of the pollution. It is normally bad from around December to March when they start the clearing fires in the North of the country but it seems to be getting worse year on year. They are looking to move to Singapore as a result
     
  12. kpjf

    kpjf Occasional commenter

  13. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    AQI in Bangkok often ranks as one of the worst in the world from December for March
     
  14. MsBunnell

    MsBunnell New commenter

    Thanks for the info!
     
    worlo24 likes this.
  15. PuertaDelVino

    PuertaDelVino New commenter

    Tax is 30%for 2m to 5m. 1.5m to 2m it's 25% I think.
     

Share This Page