Sakon Nakhon

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Located in the Northeast region of Thailand known as Issan, Sakon Nakhon is a province with an interesting mix of Thai and Laos influence. Sakon Nakhon houses the Nong Han Lake, which is the biggest natural lake in Northeast Thailand, and a popular resort area for locals. Only 25 km outside the city is also Phu Phan National Park, which is home to a gorgeous sprawling mountain range of the same name.

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Check out what XploreAsia teacher Rabia Hosein said about her experience living and teaching in Sakon Nakhon!

What is special and interesting about your town?

“There are quite a few expats here – majority of them being French. The town has tons of restaurants, and is a close knit community.”

Where are your favorite places to go out to eat and drink?

“There is an awesome pad thai lady within walking distance from my apartment, and a healthy living restaurant that has lots of healthier options. There are also quite a few bars and nightclubs around the area, as there is a university not too far out from the city.”

Where can you go or what can you do to exercise?

“There is a nice lake with a track near the school. Every night there are aerobic classes. At the lake you can rent a paddle boat. There are also two gyms located in the city.”

Where can you shop for all the necessities?

“All necessities can be bought in Sakon Nakon – there is a Big C, a Tesco and a Robinson’s, which is a fairly large shopping mall. Robinson’s has a department store for clothing, a Watson’s for all things pharmaceutical, and a Western style grocery store (Tops Market – it has a lot of American/Australian brands).”

What is your accommodation like?

“My accommodation is great! It is very clean and safe. Noise and insects have not been an issue.”

What can you do for fun in the evenings?

“There are after school markets that have tons of different food items for sale. There are also aerobic classes in the evening at the nearby park. I usually go for a run, then do yoga, then get dinner at the healthy living restaurant.”

What do you do on the weekends?

“On the weekends I usually do all my errands – laundry and shopping. Sometimes I will take the bike out for a day trip, and explore the area. So far I’ve stumbled upon small temples and local villages.”

What is the best nearby excursion or trip? 

“Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani and Mukdahan are nearby cities to check out that have some good sights (national parks, shopping and sight seeing).”

What are some tips you could give to new teachers in your town?

“The town has all the necessities, so you won’t need to look far for assistance. The English department at the school is quite large so including me, there are 10 foreign English teachers, so you won’t be the only English speaker here! The Thai teachers are very curious to learn about you, and will always be asking you questions (I’ve been here for about a month now, and I still get asked numerous times throughout the week about my ethnicity). Just be opened to sharing details about yourself, and have patience with the Thais – some of them really want to communicate with you, but their English proficiency isn’t the best. Having patience and trying to learn some Thai will help!”

Do you have a “Thai mom” or anyone in your town that has been incredibly helpful or welcoming?

“My neighbours have been amazing to me – a Thai woman named Joy and her French husband Theirry. They have a young daughter who speaks French, English, and Thai, so she has helped me a lot with translating things. They have shown me where the markets are, taken me out for dinner, and helping me with anything really! Also, my landlord’s daughter speaks English so she too has been helpful. She explains all the details regarding rent and utilities, and gave me a tour of the town as well.”

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