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Floating Market and Chao Phraya River Cruise Jobs

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Getting a job in Thailand is not easy for a non-Thai national. Thailand is a very desirable country to live in. It has tropical weather, beautiful beaches, friendly people, an intriguing and engaging culture and a cheap cost of living; for many Westerners, Thailand is paradise.

The Thai government has strict regulations regarding foreigners working in Thailand. An employer has to prove that there aren’t any Thais suitable to fill a vacancy before a foreigner can be employed. And then several Thais must be employed for each foreigner engaged.

In reality, however, the rules are circumvented and the authorities generally turn a blind eye to this. Tourism is a major part of the Thai economy. This has moved from catering for backpackers to providing tourist services for families visiting Bangkok. One popular service is a tour of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Chao Phraya River. If you are looking for a crew job in Bangkok this is your most likely employment opportunity.

There are lots of river cruises of the Chao Phraya River. It is a long river lined with many sites of historical interest. There is the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the National Museum all easily accessed from the water. Wat Arun is illuminated at night and makes an impressive evening sight. Many of the river cruises include English speaking guides. They often have dinner cruises.

Some of the best hotels in Bangkok such as the Mandarin Oriental are located riverside and have their own private ferry pier. These hotels employ foreigners to handle certain aspects of customer service. They also run their own ferry services for hotel guests.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a major tourist attraction in Bangkok. It isn’t strictly speaking in Bangkok. Rather it is 90 km outside the city. Tour groups are taken there by bus and then transferred to a boat. It is a large fruit, vegetable and flower market that fills the canals (klongs) of a small area. It is riot of colour and a glimpse into traditional Thai culture.

Both the Chao Phraya River and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market offer chances for travelling sailsmen (and sailswomen) to make a few bucks in the City of Angels, especially if you can speak a foreign language like Korean or Russian. Few Thais speak these two languages and so there is little chance of employing a Thai person to lead tour groups in these languages.

Failing this, there are always teaching English as a foreign language job available.

 

Both the Chao Phraya River and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market offer chances for travelling sailsmen (and sailswomen) to make a few bucks in the City of Angels.

 

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