KohSamui was discovered by travellers long back in 1970 and since the it has been one of the most popular tourist destinations among majority. Initially inhabited by Malay fishermen and Chinese immigrants, Samui and its neighbouring islands proved great for fishing owing to the variety of fishes found in the sea. Samui still displays a prominent Chinese influence; the Fishermen’s village exhibits a quaint mix of westernised European buildings, Chinese shops and Chinese temple. Chinese New Year is also celebrated vividly at the temple located near the Mae Nam Walking Street Market. Samui also boasts of clear white sand beaches, all day sunny weather and turquoise waters. One can use Samui as the centre to visit many of its equally picturesque neighbouring islands like Koh Tao and KohPhangan. These islands are just a few miles away and can be reached by a short ferry trip.
The historical facts about the island call for a lot of debates and there are two schools of thought regarding how the name “KohSamui”came about. Some say that the name of the place was based on a tree called “mui”, which was commonly found in the island while some other say it came from the Chinese word “Saboey”, which means “safe heaven”. The latter is more popular for Samui actually served as Heaven for the original Chinese fishermen.
KohSamui has an array of beautiful and popular beaches, which include Chaweng, Lamai, Mae Nam, Choeng Mon, and Bophut. Apart from these there are many other quiet and secluded bays in the west and south. Nonetheless, it is wiser not to spend the maximum of the trip in just a single stretch of sand.
With its large expat community, Samui has majority of its population pouring in from France, UK, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. There are several good schools in the island out of which the UK affiliated International School of Samui is mention worthy. These schools have students from the expat community as well as the affluent Thai families of the region. As tourism is the main source of income for the island people, most of them can speak fair bit of English for they constantly need to communicate with foreigners. Although Samui does not have as big shopping malls as found in Phuket, it is indeed equipped with all the modern conveniences. Samui is a shopaholic’s destination too, courtesy Big C, Tesco Lotus and Macro. The medical set up of the island is also pretty good with its advanced hospitals, and innumerable pharmacies, optometrists and dentistries.
Samui, which was once termed as “real Thailand”has lost its pristine air to some extent due to the global influences but still it retains the authentic Thai culture quite visibly in many areas. One can still enjoy the old school buffalo fight or the bird singing competition or the authentic Muay Thai fight in the island.
With its plethora of tourist sites, Samui is a wonderful place to roam. Nonetheless, one has to book a tour package or has to have his/her own transport to visit them. The most popular place of the island is Secret Garden, which is built by a fourth generation native who died a few years ago and located at the centre of the island off the Airforce Road. The Buddhist scriptures of the place along with its stunning view are worthy to visit. The other popular tourist destinations include Yod Khan Restaurant and Woodlands Resort. In 2010, a road was constructed which adjoined Lamai with Mae Nam. This road from Lamai tracks to Ring Road, which is in close proximity of Tamarind Springs and from Mae Nam, the road takes a left turn at the bridge opposite My Bar. The road gives an excellent view for it winds through coconut and banana plantations, natural vegetations and hills exhibiting spectacular views of old Samui.
Samui also comes up with a number of adventurous sports activities, which include Canopy rides, Thai cooking experiences, Kayaking and Spa. One can enjoy endless dining experiences in its superb restaurants, clubs and bars. Foods are excellent in roadside stalls as well as fine dines. The nights are beautiful in the island for the beaches become romantic dining seats with palm trees donning lanterns and fairy lights, restaurants setting out seafood buffets, playing soothing music and putting tables at the water’s edge. Many expats simply love Samuifor it’s authentic cuisine and the lovely aura of the sea side restaurants.
Asain College Of Teachers offers a 4-week TEFL course based in the picturesque location of KohSamui. Before you plan to take up TEFL jobs in other locations of Asia, KohSamui can be a wonderful place to pursue your TEFL course and give a kickstart to your career. The highly functional course is meticulously designed and gives you a great opportunity to acquire knowledge as well as skills to excel as a TEFL teacher across the world. In fact, we conduct all the practical teaching sessions in the local temple schools of KohSamui for they exude the authentic feel and vibrance of Thai culture and people. Besides, the children studying in these schools are quite evidently not that exposed to the English language, hence, they truly get benefited from our lessons. These teaching practice sessions give you a thorough reality check making you encounter the real TEFL classroom atmosphere, which is much different from the normal classroom atmosphere. We have adult training sessions as well, where you get to teach the Thai staffs and local businessmen. Classes are also arranged in the International School of Samui.
ACT takes special care of the accommodation of its trainees. We have arranged accommodation facilities in the opulent Leelawadee bungalows located right opposite to the training centre. The bungalows are simple yet comfortable with facilities like aircon, hot water and wifi. The rates are 10,000 baht (single sharing), and 12,000 baht (double sharing) for the course period.
One can also avail accommodation facilities in Waanbung bungalows, which are great two bedroomed bungalows located right next to the training centre. The rate is 17,000 baht during the course period. You are expected to check in a day before the course starts and check out by 11.00 am the following day after the course closure. The advantage is, if you stay here, you don't need any conveyance to reach your training centre.
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However, you can avail both bungalows only from the weekend prior to the course. Anyone arriving earlier has to look for an alternative accommodation for the time being.
There is another accommodation available as well, which is located 2km from the training centre. The hotel is located near great restaurants and fresh food market. The urban style hotel is called Boutique the Green Bay View Hotel. The rates are 12000 baht/ month (single sharing) and 18000 baht/ month (double sharing). The hotel offers various facilities like hot water, 24*7 electricity, free wifi and room cleaning (twice a week). As it’s a hotel, the rooms don't come with attached kitchens but have refrigerators. The restaurants, markets and shops are located nearby.
The 4-week intensive TEFL course at Samui is reasonably priced at 1063 USD making it financially affordable for students of almost all strata. For enrolment, a payment of 500 USD has to be made and the remaining 563 USD is required to be paid once the trainee arrives at Samui. The full and final settlement is required to be done before the course commences.
TEFL Certificate is mandatory for teachers interested in teaching abroad. The demand of English teachers is very high in the Middle East and South East Asian countries. The TEFL certificate is a ticket to work abroad for teachers who are passionate about teaching English. TEFL or Teaching English as Foreign Language and TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of other language are synonymous terms of the same certificate required by teachers to teach abroad.