Jobs as a doctor, teacher in Thailand

How to get a job in Thailand

Hi all. I have a day off in honor of the national holiday Loi Kratong, so I will tell you how I got a job in Thailand.


How I got here.

Disappointed in the remote work, which, although bringing income, but obviously not enough to travel. About the possibility to work in Thailand, I heard many times when I came here on vacation, but I was afraid of illegal jobs – the law here is very strict to violators.

Jobs for Russians

It is easy to recognize illegal jobs, even without studying the long lists. It is forbidden for a foreigner:

  • Manual work – agriculture, fishery, construction, any handmade
  • Unskilled labour – promoters, sales clerks, nannies
  • Services – cab drivers, cooks, waiters, beauticians, hairdressers, maids, photographers
  • Tourism – guides, tour sellers
  • Appearance of country and people – architects and designers, tailoring of shoes and clothes.
  • Gems – extraction, processing and selling
  • Weapons – firearms, bladed weapons.
  • Law – lawyers.

Of the legal options are those that require high qualifications: pilots, managers, engineers, doctors, programmers, translators and foreign language teachers. At the same time it is enough to know English, the Thai in most places you will not be asked.

Feedback on the guide job

The most popular job of a tour guide or salesman is easy to find, as long as there are Russian tourists traveling to Thailand, because you can explain yourself to them in your native language. This is a completely illegal position, so the employer will register you as an office worker or interpreter, but God forbid you get caught performing direct duties. The police raid the street shops selling tours, they stop buses with packers.

That’s how my acquaintance Pasha got caught when he was taking tourists on vacation to Kwai. Officially, he was in the position of interpreter, next to him was always an idle Thai, arranged tour guide – everything by the book. Except that at the time of the inspection, the Thai was asleep, and Pasha was telling the tourists something. The cops realized that no translation was involved and sent Pasha to Klong Prime – the prison that is world-famous for its horrible conditions. After six months the Incamining Company paid a huge fine and Pasha was deported from the country.

– If you have a pain in prison, endure to the last moment! – He told me later that he would be taken to the doctor in a truck with two dozen sick convicts shoulder to shoulder, and God only knows what you would catch from them. And the best treatment they’ll offer is aspirin.

As far as I’ve heard from the guides I know, in 2020 they don’t put you in prison, but the punishment is a big fine and deportation.

Guide salary ridiculous – 15-20 thousand baht + a percentage of sales in souvenir shops, which will stop the tour bus. You have to save for a plane ticket home. A good tour operator may allocate an employee a room or a bike for temporary use.


It is possible to get a job in Thailand as a doctor, but you need a local medical license. High-end subspecialists are in high demand everywhere, so a major hospital will be able to assist you with this.

As long as you are not licensed, a medical professional can go to the hospital as an interpreter and take care of Russian-speaking clients. In this case, you will need good English to communicate with the staff.

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I also know a couple who work in the call center of a medical service company of a major insurer. The guys take calls from Russian tourists who have suffered in accidents, from domestic injuries, poisoning, or who have caught angina on vacation and get 30,000 baht each.

The salary range for doctors is quite big: from 70 to 300 thousand baht (2500 – 10 thousand $) depending on their specialization, license and type of hospital.


On the Thai labor market overabundance of applicants for the pilot job, but this should not embarrass you. According to Counter Admiral Pia Atmungkun some local training schools can not provide qualifications certified according to international standards, so many airlines would prefer a foreigner with experience.

Pilot vacancies most often appear on commercial lines such as Thai Airways, Jet Asia and Thai Lion Air. The most popular contract is a one-year contract. Salary ranges from 350-400 thousand baht/month ($11-12 thousand) – for example, in Thai LCC. The Lion Air pilot salary is only 200,000 baht/month ($5,000) but he is paid extra for the flight hours at the rate of 2,100-4,400 baht/hour (the minimum cost is for up to 30 hours per month, the maximum is from 80 hours). Thus, the flight time of 100 hours, you will get a bonus of $ 12 thousand. But all these figures pale in comparison with what the Chinese airline companies offer (for details see the article How to apply for a job in China).


In the hotel you can only work in senior positions – manager, financial adviser, development director. Positions below – maids and receptionists for Russians and foreigners in general are illegal in Thailand.

How to find a job

You can look for work in two ways. The first is through agents, which are easy to find on the request “work abroad” in social networks. Russian intermediaries take money from you ($ 200-300) and then are engaged in selection of the contract. Thai ones, on the contrary, bill the employer. And both often do not mind earning on your ignorance. For example, having received the contract offer for 10 months you can be sure that the salary you are entitled to for the two month’s vacation the agent will take it for himself. Also, when you hear a salary that is not a multiple of 5 thousand dollars, you should think about whether someone else’s commission has been deducted from it.

I decided to save money and find a job on specialized job sites that help employers and job seekers meet. Below is a whole list of such sources:

  • For programmers, engineers, managers –
  • Lots of offers in management –
  • For pilots –
  • For English teachers –
  • Teachers and volunteers –
  • Titching, seasonal options –
  • International site, Thai subdomain –
  • Aggregator for foreigners –
  • A mixed resource for Thais and foreliners –
  • There are communities on Twitter, FB and LinkedIn –
  • For Russians –
  • For expats –

Some of the options are posted by agents, so be careful and never give your original documents to anyone.

My English was up to par, so I made myself a short video business card, put together a competent resume and in 3 weeks I was able to get a job.

What to bring from Thailand, ideas and types of gifts
Example of a business card

Working as a teacher

By the way, I concluded that the farther away from Bangkok, the milder the requirements for pronunciation and experience. I wanted to go to the sea, of course, but a good contract locked me in the small town of Kalasin (กาฬสินธุ์) 200km from the Lao border in a private kindergarten called Rugby Kids for a year.

Salary, housing, and expenses per month

A teacher’s salary depends on three factors – whether you are a native/non-native speaker, whether you have a European appearance, what experience you have. As practice shows, being a native speaker is easily replaced by good pronunciation and self-confidence.

A rookie’s salary is usually not more than 30 thousand baht (~ 1000$), but I was offered 35 (~ It wasn’t even a question of experience or good looks. September 1 is around the corner, and job applicants are reluctant to go to the provinces, so the rates go up.

Workload also had a direct bearing on salary. For example, all work that brings you less than 40,000 baht ($1,300) is light, with the ability to relax. For more money you have to work hard.

At 40-50 thousand baht count on only a specialized education. If you add to this experience over 3 years, you can get even 75 thousand – before the real example of a teacher from Ghana (non-native) in Bangkok. With private schools, feel free to bargain on wages.

The practice of providing housing here is not in circulation, so I had to rent an apartment myself. Tenant actively participated in the search and helped bargain. It came out modestly – 10 thousand baht a month with air conditioning and close to the kindergarten.

Of the total payroll of $ 1100 about 350 a month, spent on living expenses (food, transportation, clothing), 350 rent and utilities, leaves $ 400. Of these I always make a reserve for a return ticket home and health insurance, which I buy once a year. In the end – you can live, though not really razzhulyuyutsya.

What my job looks like

Now every morning at 8:00 sharp I had to be there. There were not many classes – 1-2 classes a day for an hour and always in the morning. I spend the second half of the day at the computer, preparing for classes, sometimes doing small freelance orders. I have 2 hours for lunch between 12:00 and 14:00. Two months a year there are paid vacations and plenty of public holidays where you get a day off.

Thai was not required at all, as each lesson was attended by my assistant – an English-speaking Thai Daisy (really Datyeng), who translated some points to the children in their native language. And of course, flash cards, toys and body language soon allowed me not to notice her absence when it happened. The teaching materials were provided to me by my employer. I got the New Yippee course in the form of three levels of English for children ages 3-4, 5-6, and 7+. Honestly, I don’t recommend it – boring songs, one-type activities and illogical choice of topics. So I supplemented the course with my own pictures and a bunch of videos from YouTube – enter English for kids and enjoy the selection.

List of documents for work visa non-b

Without a diploma of higher education (at least – a bachelor’s degree) to officially get a job in Thailand is impossible. For an English teacher I was asked for this list:

  1. Diploma of Higher Education
  2. Criminal Record Certificate
  3. TOEIC or above 600 points
  4. TM30 registration
  5. Teaching degree.
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If the diploma is in your native language, you have to translate it (notarized) and then go through the legalization procedure at the consulate of your country. I just paid the legalization agency $100 and they did it themselves. I ordered the certificate directly from the Russian consulate and in 2 weeks I got it ready with a translation for free.

I regretfully noted that no one asks TEFL/TESOL here, so I had to take TOEIC in Bangkok. A teaching degree will allow you to do your teaching license for 5 years. This will then be done by your employer at the ministry of education.

TM30 registration (Notification of residence) is essentially a temporary residency registration. Again, you get a lot of paperwork:

  • Departure card
  • Contract of lease
  • Copy of passport of the owner.
  • A copy of the registration of the apartment.
  • Your passport.

And go to the immigration office with a bunch of these papers to get another paper.

How to get a work permit in Thailand

You can enter Thailand with a stamp that entitles you to stay here for 30 days, but the process of obtaining a work visa requires 1.5-2 months. What to do? At the end of the term you pack up and go to a neighboring country for a 2-month visa, which then for $ 100 will be extended for another month.

After collecting the documents from the employer to rabochku, again you travel (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam – whatever you want, but where there is a Thai consulate) and there you get a visa such as non-b, which gives a trial period of 3 months. On the basis of this you make such a hotly desired WORK PERMIT, aka work permit.

At the end of three months you go to the immigration office and for $ 150 and make an extension for a year, and the last action if necessary, repeat as many times as you want. The visa allows you to leave the country and come back, but for a fee! To do this again, go to the immigration office and for $ 40 make out the so-called re-entry – a promise to return.

Running with the paperwork to the authorities, warmly reminded of Turkey, from which my friend flew out without problems and fines after a two-year (!) Overstay. People live…

The pros and cons of living and working in Thailand

There are both, I will give them in the table, so you can weigh whether you need it.

Pros Cons
Lack of winter (for example, in Kalasin in December it’s +15, but even that I really appreciate, what to say about those who live in the southern regions) No free accommodation as employers in Celestial Empire do
Good ratio of salary to workload – where in Russia would I get $1,100 for 1 or 2 classes a day Lower wages than in other SEA countries like China, Singapore
The opportunity to travel – I have traveled all over the SEA, the salary allows it Get visas, certificates takes a lot of time and nerves, deadlines are often very tight.
It’s interesting to live here – the absence of the usual Russian-speaking environment, a strange culture. Paid medicine, discrimination in hospitals (prices are lower for locals).
Affordable street food – now I almost never cook at home. It is difficult to get familiar Russian products
National drinks of Turkey, alcoholic and non-alcoholic

In general, I would say that after moving here for a year, my attitude to Thailand has changed a lot. Previously for me it was an exotic country, the kingdom of smiles and everything. Now I hide from the sun like the locals, rarely go to the sea and just the same smile to people, because it’s just a sign of respect.


More and more often I see groups on social media that offer jobs for teachers in Thailand. It sounds tempting, but scary. I went all the way from a Russian agent to working in a school directly, so I would like to share with you what to expect from such offers.


I’ll start at the beginning – with Russian agents. Personally, I am against working through an agency, especially the Russians. I will explain how it works and then you can draw your own conclusions.

1. Russian agents do NOT work with schools directly, only Thais can do this. That is, your candidacy passes through at least two agents, HR in the school and then comes directly to the head of the school or department where you will work. My advice is to contact the school directly.

2. Russian agents decide absolutely nothing, they work as recruiters in this field, find a candidate (you) and put into the hands of Thai agents. What happens to you next – is no longer their business. Of course, it all depends on the person, and he can supervise you to the end, but I have not met.

3. Your salary will be much, sometimes MUCH less than what you can get by working with the school directly.

4. You never know what kind of Thai agent you will have to work with afterwards. In my case, I had to “beg” for a paycheck and remind myself about visas and paperwork. Also, if you work through an agent, the school does NOT solve ANY of your problems. Your visa paperwork is not ready and your travel arrangements will end tomorrow? All questions to your agent.

5. And now from the pluses: it is easier to find a job, as some schools, after reading the Russian in your resume, will immediately sort you out. It is much harder to find a job at a school (especially as an English teacher) if you are a Russian passport holder.


I’m not sure how strictly the new laws are enforced, but the Thai authorities have taken on teachers specifically. Now you have to have a teaching diploma or a TESOL or TEFL certificate to work as a teacher. This is for those who want to work officially. Last year you could do without certificates or even diplomas, but I think this year it will be stricter.

And one more thing: now it is not enough to certify your diploma in the Russian embassy, you have to go to Bangkok to DepartmentofForeignAffairs (not sure of the name, the school will tell you) and certify there.


What you need to apply for non-visa and workpermit.

  • 1.Passport
  • 2 Diploma (notarized translation + certified by Russian Embassy in Thailand + in the office above).
  • 3.Certificate of criminal records (in Thailand, valid for 6 months)
  • 4.TEFL/TESOL certificate if you do not have a teaching diploma.
  • 5. TOEIC examination certificate (can be taken in Thailand)
  • 6) Residence Certificate (You must register at your place of residence within 24 hours of your arrival)
  • 7. Health certificate (in Thailand, by referral from the school)
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The rest of the documents are collected for you by the school or your agent. Before you go for a visa, strongly ask your agent or the person who collects your package of documents to check it. A colleague of mine went to Laos twice in one week because HR forgot to put the certificate of no criminal record in the folder.


It all depends on your school, but the most common working conditions are 5/7, no more than 20-24 lessons per week, working day from 7-30 to 16-00 (+-1 hour). If you work in a public school, be prepared for a whole class of 40-50 kids who don’t understand a word of English at all. Also, as I heard, in public institutions do not have textbooks, and the program you prepare yourself, I personally have not encountered.

It happens that the schedule of your vacations will be changed at the last moment, or on Friday they say that this Saturday is a working day, it happens. Some schools pay for vacation time, some do not, this should be clarified when signing the contract, otherwise you can sit for a month without pay.

Regarding the lessons themselves and the work activities, I can not tell you much, because I worked with the program, with the provided textbooks and tests. I personally had an easy time with the lessons and found common ground with even the most difficult kids, but the same cannot be said about my colleagues (I am not talking about the Thais now, they are good).


Having to scan my fingerprint at the beginning of the day and at the end, I felt uncomfortable, like a prisoner. The uniform school uniforms of both students and teachers added to the effect.

Children could be taken out of class for months at a time to rehearse for a sports day or other event. Creativity, apparently, is in vogue in Thailand.

For the most part, Thai children are friendly to foreigners, but there are unruly monsters, everyone knows about them, but do nothing, because mom and dad pay money, and the child fails every exam.

During exams, teachers storm the classrooms like Cerberus (you can’t sit, only walk around the room), so they don’t cheat. And then for those who don’t pass, they have to give a VERY EASY homework assignment to retake the exam. If even that assignment isn’t done, giving a new one until he/she passes, I thought that was funny. Why can’t you just give an opportunity to cheat?


I worked in school for 2 years and honestly, I didn’t really enjoy that time for my own personal reasons. But in general the job of a teacher in Thailand and in Russia is similar, with two exceptions:

  • 1.) You are not burdened with work like a slave.
  • 2.) Your salary is quite sufficient for a good life.

I come to this from my experience in a Russian school and a Thai school, respectively.

If you have any questions about working as a teacher – write your comments, I’m always glad to help=)

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