HM King Chulalongkorn’s 1897 Journey to Europe

The Thai Interpreter’s Journal

Top 10 Gadgets for Expats

When I first came to Thailand there wasn’t much when it came to English language media or entertainment. This was before Internet and cable television. Movies at my local cinema were always dubbed into Thai  though if I took a two hour bus ride to Bangkok I could find a cinema showing the movie with the original soundtrack. While there I would visit one of the few branches of Asia Books to browse their selection of overpriced English language books. On Khao San Road the price of a second-hand novel was almost as much as a new one back home. I rented a VHS video sometimes but only if I could find one that had original soundtrack. Most were dubbed. Communicating with the folks back home meantexpensive phone calls on birthdays and Christmas Day. Letters sent via the post office was the norm though we had to wait a couple of weeks for a reply.

Now, of course everything has changed so much. The Internet and then emails certainly made a big difference to us for communication. Then along came satellite TV with first IBC and then finally TrueVisions. Also, more of the terrestrial Thai tv channels started to programmes and movies with soundtrack if you have an appropriate TV set. New shopping malls started to be built in the suburbs and upcountry. With them came multiplex cinemas with more choice of foreign movies. The new malls also meant more branches of Asia Books. When DVDs came along, it meant that most movies being sold now had both Thai and original soundtracks as well as subtitles.

Visiting a Tea Factory in Mae Salong

Thailand’s Top 50 High Schools

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The following list of Thailand’s Top 50 high schools are based on 2012 successful admission to Thailand’s top universities, national O-net results and other official student academic achievement. The list includes both public and private high schools, but does not include international schools.

Topping the list is not surprisingly Mahidol Wittayanusorn School which is the only school in the country which specializes in developing students who are regarded as ‘exceptionally gifted’, especially in maths and science. There are no school fees to pay, but admittance is the toughest in the country.

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Once upon a time, the capital’s Christian/Catholic schools were the crème-de-la-crème of elitist education. However, except for St Gabriel College at #11, all have dipped in prestige and educational academic success over the years. Many of which do not even get into the Top 100 these days, let alone the Top 50.

So, if you are a foreign parent in Thailand or a wanna-be teacher to the country, we hope this list (from the Ministry of Education) will be of much interest.

1. Mahidol Wittayanusorn School; Nakhorn Pathom
2. Triam Udom Suksa School; Bangkok
3. Suankularb Wittayalai School; Bangkok
4. Hatyaiwittayalai School; Songkhla
5. Samsen Wittayalai School; Bangkok
6. Bunyawat Witthayalai School; Lampang
7. Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) School; Bangkok
8. Patumwan Demonstration School; Bangkok
9. Debsirin School; Bangkok
10. Kanaratbumrung Yala; Yala
11. St. Gabriel’s College; Bangkok (Private)
12. Benjamarachutit School; Nakhorn Sri Thammarat
13. Satriwithaya School; Bangkok
14. Montfort College; Chiang Mai (Private)
15. Benjamarachutit School; Ubol Ratchathani
16. Satit Chiang Mai Demonstration School; Chiang Mai
17. Prince Royal’s College; Chiang Mai (Private)
18. Udon Pittayanukool; Udon Thani
19. Demonstration School of Prince of Songkhla; Songkhla
20. Satit Chulalongkorn Demonstration School; Bangkok
21. Yupparaj Wittayalai School; Chiang Mai
22. Sathya Sai School; Bangkok (Private)
23. Nakhon Sawan School; Nakhon Sawan
24. Mahawachirawut School; Songkhla
25. Dusitaram Secondary School; Bangkok
26. Kasetsart University Laboratory School; Bangkok
27. Suratthani School; Surat Thani
28. Khon Kaen Wittayayon School; Khon Kaen
29. Satriwitthaya 2 School; Bangkok
30. Piriyalai School; Phrae
31. Ratchasima Witthayalai; Nakhorn Ratchasima
32. Satit Demonstration School of Khon Kaen University; Khon Kaen
33. Prommanusorn School; Phetchaburi
34. Phuket Wittayalai School; Phuket
35. Princess Chulabhorn College; Trang
36. Samakkhi Wittayakhom School; Chiang Rai
37. Ratchaniwit Bang Kaeo School; Samut Prakarn
38. Yothinburana School; Bangkok
39. Benjamarachutit School; Ratchaburi
40. Bangkok Christian College; Bangkok (Private)
41. Chakkamkanatorn School; Lamphun
42. Nareerat School; Phrae
43. Suratpittaya School; Surat Thani
44. Suankularb Wittayalai Nonthaburi School; Nonthaburi
45. Kaen Nakhon Wittayalai School; Khon Kaen
46. Suranaree School; Nakhorn Ratchasima
47. Assumption College; Bangkok (Private)
48. Suksanari School; Bangkok
49. Chalermkwansatree School; Phitsanulok
50. Satit Prasarnmit Demonstration School; Bangkok