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Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore ...rate 1-3 please

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by hairdo, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. hairdo

    hairdo Occasional commenter

    Tempted by jobs in all 3 places. At the moment I would be thinking
    1) Singapore
    3) Malaysia

    Any thoughts? How would you rate them and why?
  2. lucyrose50

    lucyrose50 Occasional commenter

    We had the same order of priority when applying for jobs, but the first offer I got was in Kuala Lumpur and we decided to go for it. Best thing we ever did - it's a fantastic place to live and having spent time in both Thailand and Singapore we have no desire to move to either of them. Both great places, I'm sure we'd be happy in both if we did move, but overall we prefer KL and are very happy with our life here. Feel free to send me a private message if you'd like specific info.
    There was a thread on here recently about the pros and cons of Singapore, which I think gives a pretty fair summary of it.
    Aim4Jannah likes this.
  3. wrldtrvlr123

    wrldtrvlr123 Occasional commenter

    As previously discussed at length, ranking will vary according to what different people value and/or are looking for, if/where they have previously lived and taught overseas, etc.

    Also, Singapore is generally considered a specific location while Thailand and Malaysia are larger countries and living conditions will vary wildly by city/area of the country etc.

    That being said, having visited 2 of the 3 on your list, mine would be:
    1b- Thailand (Bangkok)
    2-Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
  4. SPC2

    SPC2 Occasional commenter

    Agree completely.

    FWIW, as someone who's lived and worked in two and visited the other a few times:

    1. Singapore
    2. Malaysia
    3. Thailand
  5. sid1913

    sid1913 New commenter

    Can't speak for the other places although I can't wait to leave Bangkok. The wages elsewhere in Thailand aren't worth it and Bangkok is getting more and more expensive and more congested and dirtier by the week.
  6. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    KL first. Best cost of living.
    Bangkok next.
    Singapore last. Live in the other places and visit Sings. It has more stuff and flashier stuff but you’ll go broke if you try to do it all.
  7. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    'As previously discussed at length, ranking will vary according to what different people value and/or are looking for, if/where they have previously lived and taught overseas, etc.'


    Having worked in two out of the three it would be,
    i) Thailand
    ii) Malaysia
    iii) Singapore

    But this choice has absolutely nothing to do with the money or the schools, its just a personal preference for Chang over Tiger :cool:
  8. ToK-tastic

    ToK-tastic New commenter

    I've lived and worked in both Malaysia & Thailand, and visited Singapore many times. My preferences are:
    i) Thailand
    ii) Singapore
    iii) Malaysia

    This is based on my experiences, and the aggregate benefits and downsides of each country, as I see them. Obviously as stated above, everybody will have a different take based on their values, likes, experiences, situation etc. Personally, national & local culture is absolutely key. I just like theThai approach to life, I love wandering down my soi, after a day at school, watching the world of soi-life go by: street food stalls, people enjoying time with each other passing the daily chews of soi life etc etc
    I like to feel that I live in the city. Wherever you choose it's probably best to know what you like before you go.
  9. nemo.

    nemo. Occasional commenter

    Singapore used to be called Asia lite now its just a mini part of the west. KL is Asia lite now.

    Bangkok though is very dusty and dirty but so is KL these days. Singapore has the best public transport. Malaysia outside of KL is very Asian.

    Bangkok for the experience.
    Singapore for the cleanliness ( note chewing gum is illegal)
    KL for the food.

    If single..... all 3 great but KL and Singapore better imho especially as English widely spoken.

    I like all 3 myself and lived in KL and Bangkok for many years.
  10. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    Have visited all three and lived in Bangkok for a few years. It all depends on package. Bangkok is great but mainly focused on eating and drinking and I would personally find it tricky to live there with a family. It is also getting more and more expensive but is still a great city to live and work in. KL I didn't find too impressive although my last visit was years ago. Singapore is great but very clean cut and I would imagine you would need a very good salary to enjoy it in all it's forms. Based in great packages in all three, I would go for: BKK, Singapore and then KL. Obviously depends on school, package and whether you are going as a family, single, both working etc.
  11. hairdo

    hairdo Occasional commenter

    Any other parts of Thailand or Malaysia that are good for working/living that are not BKK or KL?
  12. migratingbird

    migratingbird Occasional commenter

    Penang is a lovely place to live. Work life depends on the school. Pay is not so great, tricky to support a family on one income.
  13. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    Have visited the main international school in Phuket. Lovely grounds and away from the seedy side of town I believe. Looked like a nice school with nice grounds and I have heard good things about it. Would probably be expensive accommodation though unless they provide it. Penang is a lovely island but only visited on holiday - Georgetown is great and the beaches good too.

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