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September 2016

Student Life

5 places you must visit in Thailand

WUT Bangkok

1. Buddha Images engrave in sandstone cliff, Nakhon Ratchasima

If you think of a province in the northeastern part of Thailand which is the closest to Bangkok, of course, you think of Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat. But not many people will know that in Nonsomboon sub-district, Serngsang District there are Buddha images engraved in the sandstone cliff. One is meditation posture and another is sleeping posture. Those are Bas Relief carved on the cliff of Subpongpot Mountain. Moreover, there is a stunning rain forest surrounding the area for those who enjoy walking or relaxing with an increedible view. Nearby, there is view point on the top of Padaeng Mountain where you can see a panorama scene of Serngsang District.

WUT Bangkok Blog Buddha 1

2. Pupaman National Park, Khon Kaen

When talking about Khonkaen,there are many famous tourist attractions. Not only a historical place of Jurassic era but also Pupaman National Park that covers some parts of Khonkaen and Loei. The forest state in the national park is plentiful, but there are also many adventure activities to enjoy. There are also numerous Bat caves to be found, housing millions of small bats. If you’re around at six o’clock when the sun goes down you will be amazed at the incredible sight as the bats wake up and head off into the night in search of food. There is beautiful waterfall named Tadfa located between boundary of Pupama sub-district and Namnao sub-district. It has 5 levels, the highest level is 80 meters, which swells during rainy season and is certainly the most beautiful time to see it. Next to the waterfall, you will find the great Naga cave, inside the cave there are stalagmites and stalactites embedded with shining minerals and ore, this cave is serpentine like the great Naga and is approximately 1 kilometer long.

Webster University Thailand Blog - Khon Kaen

3. Kampaengpet National Museum

If you want to travel to the northern most parts of Thailand, you will surely drive through Kampaengpet province, the well-known province of the famous Thai dessert called Kra-ya-sart. But there are also many tourist attractions to see. The National Museum of Kampaengpet holds and exhibits antiques and object d’Art in different periods such as Dhavaravati, Lopburi and Rattanakosin. Most of antiques are stucco, pottery, head sculptures of Buddha imagse, molded lime of Giants and men in literature decorated in the foundation of pagoda or temple. Moreover, there is bronzed statue of God Shiva which has been badly damaged over the centuries but has recently undergone reparation.

Wesbter Blog - Kampaengpet Museum

4. Kampaengpet National Park

If you check out Kampaengpet Museum, you should definitely explore Kampaengpet further. Not only is it the ancient capital as Sukhothai, but the walls of Kampaengpet are famous for being the first line of defence of Thailand against her enemies. Whenever enemy troops came to the city, brave warriors and villagers would fight to death to protect their homes and city. The historical park of Kampaengpet has been announced officially by (UNESCO) and holds world’s heritage status since December 12th, 1991.

Webster Thailand - Kampaengpet National Park

5. The 6th developed station of mangrove forests.

If you travel to the west side of Thailand, you will travel through Pethcaburi province, home to the 6th Developed station of mangrove forest in Thailand. Within the Bangkhunsai district, there is a wonderful community of ecotourism and eco-study where people study the thriving mangrove forests. Within the stattion there are huge varieties of woods, types of birds, fish and other wildlife. You can also learn more about the way of life of fishermen in the area. Moreover, this place is also known as the biggest natural area for cockle in Thailand. Tourists can see and learn how to collect cockles by using methods and wisdom of the local people passed down through generations.

WUT Blog - Petchaburi Thailand

 

Student Life

Things to do in Bangkok

Webster Thailand

 

Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak’s weekend markets are legendary! Whether you love food or love hunting for bargains, Chatuchak’s sprawling outdoor and indoor bazaar has something for everyone. The market is broken down into sections and soi’s. Antiques & Collectibles, Clothing (by far the most prolific), Eating & Drinking, Decor & Housewares, Plants & Gardening, there is even a section for Pets & Animals. To get to Chatuchak, take the BTS to Mo Chit (final stop) or take the MRT to Chatuchak and take the Market exit.We recommend getting their early as it can get VERY hot after midday!

MBK Shopping Centre

If can’t find what you want at Chatuckhak, you will surely find it at MBK! Whether you’re looking for cellphones, IT , clothes, bags, computers, jewellery, food, MBK has everything. Do be careful about buying genuine items, but if a brand label isn’t important to you, then MBK is your paradise. You can also catch live Muay Thai fights outside the National Stadium.

It is very easy to get to MBK, it even has a BTS exit leading directly into the 2nd floor. Hop on the BTS until you reach National Stadium station (final stop).

Grand Palace

One place you MUST visit when you are in Bangkok is the Grand Palace. The beauty of the architecture and incredible design and decoration will amaze you. The residence of every King of Thailand since King Rama I founded the Chakri dynasty, and home to the Emerald Buddha, this is truly one of the jewels of Bangkok.

There is a riverboat service you can take that drops you at the pier of Tha Chang, or alternatively, jump in a taxi anywhere in the city, EVERY taxi driver knows the Grand Palace…

Nightlife

Bangkok never sleeps! Nightlife in Bangkok deserves a blog all of its own, of which there are many already. Nightclubs, Live Music, Muay Thai events, street bars…there is something for everyone. Like live music? The Australian bar in Nana Soi 11 is a good choice. Like the lights low and the volume up?.. try Sugar Club or Insanity. If you prefer to chill out with a cocktail whilst enjoying the stunning Bangkok skyline, check out Skybar, Banyan Tree or Moon Bar.

There is SO much to do, its impossible to cover it all. Check out TripAdvisor and some of the Top Ten blogs, we can guarantee there will be a blog or list dedicated to your passion…

Street Food

Thailand is often called as kitchen of world, and the breadbasket of Asia. The food of Thailand bursts with flavour, and very little is served without lashings of chilli, garlic, lemongrass and spices.
Street food in Thailand is legendary. Travel down almost ANY soi, and you will find a variety of stalls offering mouthwatering dishes at incredible prices. Tasty food is everywhere! Grilled pork, fish, chicken, beef, noodles, spicy papaya salad, BBQ, you name it, a street stall will have it.

 

Student Life

So you’ve just graduated…

Webster University Thailand - After you've graduated

When i was in High School, my teachers and parents instilled the idea that if i worked hard at school, went to a good University and graduated with a respectable degree, then the world would somehow fall at my feet.

But while i’m clearing my room for the last time, carefully prising off photos of treasured memories from the wall, reluctantly throwing that pyramid of beer cans that quite literally took years to build into a bin liner, occasionally pausing to stare out of the window at the view I know so well, it dawns on me that the moment of adult responsibility is here, I’ve graduated…now I’ve got to decide what the heck to do with my life!?

My brain hurting at the infinite possibilities and paths to choose, I slip into a deep reverie remembering all the wonderful times i have had living and studying in Bangkok with Webster University Thailand. I think of the time I sat out on the street all night drinking beers with the motorbike taxi drivers of my Soi, speaking Thai together, laughing and joking and watching the world go by. The first time i watched a live Mor Lam music festival, the first time i ate Tom Yang Goong with the wonderful aromas of lemongrass and seafood combined, shielding the heat and spice that was about to hit me, all these fantastic memories flooded into my mind and left me in a state of daydream.

Soon snapping out of it, questions and decisions creep into my consciousness. What do i do now? Should I go home (I know perfectly well there is really nothing there for me anymore) Should i travel? Discover the world and myself while I’m doing it. At this point in my life i had already travelled to 16 countries, by car, by boat, by train, by foot, by bike, by car…i was already quite the Phileas Fogg. In all the countries and continents i had visited, none had stolen my heart as much Thailand.

Having made a great group of friends, and a wealth of contacts from the faculty, i made some inquiries about working in Thailand. It turns out there are a variety of opportunities for English speaking Westerners, particularly those armed with a degree and a little of bit of Thai language. Having always been a computer geek, and having just graduated with a BS in Computer Science, i started looking for positions in Digital Marketing and Computer Engineering.

JobsDB Thailand is a treasure trove of opportunity. I set about updating my CV and profile, and sending applications to companies with positions that interested. Weeks went by without a reply, my unwavering enthusiasm and belief was almost beginning to break…surely SOMEONE would reply soon? I kept at it, every day, searching, looking, sending, reaching out to anyone I could think of who could help me, or might know somebody who has a position vacant. My perseverance eventually paid off, when a Digital Marketing company got back to me with a position vacant, and i was invited to an interview.

I turn up to the interview at least 40 minutes early. That was my fathers teaching…”Better to be 1 hour early than 1 minute late” he would say. With 4pm looming, i enter the office at 3.55pm and tell the girl at reception i’m here about the Digital Marketing position. She know’s all about it and beckons me to sit and wait in the other room. I enter, and see three other Westerners in the room waiting. The two Directors eventually come into the room and welcome us, and very quickly quash any fears that we all may have with “Don’t worry, we have more than one position available…if you are ALL good, then we’ll employ all four of you!” This is a huge relief, the others look much older and better qualified, until that moment all i had going for me was I was better/smarter dressed than they were!

We are put through a series of teamwork exercises and tests, under the watchful gaze of the two Directors who are taking notes. After an hour of interviewing and testing, we are all thanked and told that they will be in touch with all of us very soon.

A couple of days went by, it felt like a lifetime. This had been the only company to get back to me, and with my funds running dangerously low, it was looking like this job was my last hope before throwing in the towel and leaving Thailand.

10.37am, Wednesday, November 24th, 2014…my phone started ringing. I didn’t know the number…

“Hi Nick it’s Tony,

We’d like to offer you the job. Are you able to start work on December 1st?”

“YES i most certainly am” i replied! We dicsussed start time and dress code, if i needed to bring anything, visa/passport etc, i thanked him heartily, told him i would see him bright and early December 1st and put down the phone. I GOT the job! I’m going to stay in Thailand, with a Work Permit, officially sanctioned by the government allowing me to live and work in this wonderful country and give a little back.

And here i am, 2 years later, still living in Bangkok, working for a great company, speaking fluent Thai, and unable to imagine going home or living anywhere else in the world.

Whether you’re a fresher just about to start your studying, or if you’ve just graduated and you’re staring out of the window wondering what to do with your life like i was, just follow your heart and follow your dreams, don’t listen to anyone who say’s you can’t, don’t give up, keep trying and you will succeed.