Chiang Mai vs. Hua Hin; Where Should You Get Certified?
(Photo of Greenheart Travel alumni at Muay Thai lessons in Hua Hin, Thailand during their orientation week)
For those adding on a TESOL course to their Thailand program, you will have the choice to take the course in either Chiang Mai or Hua Hin (everyone doing “Teaching Placement Only” will be in Hua Hin for orientation). We get equally positive feedback for both courses and the courses are run by the same organization and have the same accreditation; so it’s honestly just a personal preference between the two cities. Here are some things you will experience on each course, to help you make the decision.
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand. Surrounded by mountains and countryside, Chiang Mai is famous for its temples and ancient history. Chiang Mai is a bigger city than Hua Hin, so if you like the hustle and bustle of city living, Chiang Mai might be for you. Chiang Mai also has a strong “hippie” and expat culture. Most of Thailand’s vegetarian and hipster cafes and restaurants are found in Chiang Mai.
The Chiang Mai course is capped at 60 participants, so it can feel like a smaller, more tight knit group of people. Also, everyone in Chiang Mai is taking the TESOL course – and therefore will be in Chiang Mai for 4 weeks.
We only have 4 start dates per year in Chiang Mai. In 2018 these are: Apr 2, Apr 30, Sept 24, Oct 22.
The courses in Hua Hin is our “original” offering and where our partner offices are located and we run an orientation and TESOL course here every month, all year round. All of the program staff call Hua Hin home. Up to 200 participants are in Hua Hin at a time, so you will likely be broken up into class sections and excursion sections of around 30-40 people at a time. Having that many people in Hua Hin at the same time also means you’ll have a rockin’ time at the beach BBQ on the last night of orientation.
Hua Hin is a beachside city located about 2 hours south of Bangkok on the gulf of Thailand. The Royal Family of Thailand have their beach side royal palace in Hua Hin and it is a popular weekend getaway for those living in Bangkok. Hua Hin is a smaller city than Chiang Mai, and has more of a laid back beachy feeling.
Participants doing their course or orientation in Hua Hin will fly into Bangkok – so this is also something to consider if you’d like to spend a few days in Bangkok before the program begins. Sometimes there are more options and pricing is better flying into Bangkok as well.
Either Way, You’ll Have A Great Experience, So You Can’t Choose Wrong!
Still not sure? Shoot your Program Manager, Sara, an email and she can help you decide at firstname.lastname@example.org!