Ding Ding! 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 (those doing orientation only will be in Hua Hin). 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.
1. Visit to Doi Suthep Temple
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.
2. Loi Krathong
For those taking the October 30th course in Chiang Mai, you’ll also be there for Loi Krathong (Lantern Festival), which takes place on November 4 this year. Although the Lantern Festival is celebrated everywhere in Thailand, Chiang Mai will have the best (and most famous) views of thousands of lanterns being released into the sky all at once.
Let the lantern fill with all the negativity of the past year and simply, let it go. Ready for a fresh start. Happy Loy Krathong! #greenhearttravel #thailand A photo posted by Kirstie (@kirstieaaa) on
3. A smaller tight-knit community during orientation
The Chiang Mai course is capped at 60 participants, so it can feel like a smaller, more tight knit group of people.
1. Beach BBQ on Friday during orientation
The courses in Hua Hin will be large, up to 200 participants 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.
2. Visit to Hutsadin Elephant Sanctuary
Hang out with Songkran the elephant, who is named after the Thai New Years Water Festival that takes place in April.
Throwback Thursday to orientation week last month on our Teach in Thailand Program! Check our Carter (@cutros) and his pal Songkran. #greenhearttravel #teachinthailand #huahin #thailand #teachenglish #elephant A photo posted by Greenheart Travel (@greenheart_travel) on
3. Beachtown Livin
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.
Round 2 // Can’t believe I live here ? A photo posted by Chandler Gelb (@chandlerbingg) on
Either Way, You’ll Have A Great Experience!
Still not sure? Shoot us an email and we can help you decide at firstname.lastname@example.org