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International House CELTA in CHIANG MAI????
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aaaronr



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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yasuke,

The center is about 5-1o miles outside of town. It would be difficult to commute. The center is a great place to stay.
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weshh1



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any updates with recent experiences?
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chiang Mai is a great place to do the CELTA...and the trainers are higy professional and competent. You wil enjoy Chinag Mai. It is one of the most beautiful places here in Thailand. Good luck! Very Happy
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weshh1



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!

Anyone have input on how the "Thai style" restaurant food is at the CELTA center in Chiang Mai?
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes the food is delicious! Very Happy
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weshh1



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it authentic and do they use local ingredients? Relatively healthy?
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes they offer traditional, sumptuos, Lanna (Northern Thai) dishes ...my favourite is Pad Thai fried noodles with prawns...you can also try having Thai cooking lessons there.....excellent local food! Enjoy the wonderful Chiang Mai hospitality there. Very Happy Very Happy
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The street food from the stalls is not always so healthy. They use the oil that is thrown out by McDonald's. McDonald's can only filter their oil one time then they have to dispose of it. The street stalls then take it and use the discarded oil.
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weshh1



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks EFL ed!

Plumpy Nut; I have been hearing stories about asian oil for a while. Sounds like this is something that is practiced in several asian countries? I thought it was only China but I suppose if it saves money anyone can go for it.
Luckily, I'm not a huge fan of fried food. I will learn in the native language "What oil do you cook with"?" and "Is this organic?" haha Smile
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bansheebeat



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

plumpy nut wrote:
The street food from the stalls is not always so healthy. They use the oil that is thrown out by McDonald's. McDonald's can only filter their oil one time then they have to dispose of it. The street stalls then take it and use the discarded oil.


That is 100% not true.... Well, the part about the oil anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The oil may or may not be healthy....but its the street dogs you need to watch out for. They may bite into your meal! Shocked
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damn_my_eyes



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EFL Educator wrote:
The oil may or may not be healthy....but its the street dogs you need to watch out for. They may bite into your meal! Shocked


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personal Hygiene is a major problem too.....those who cook your food on the street/soi stalls sometimes stay out all day under the hot, steamy sun without taking care of this. All in all Thai food is delicious...in many respects! Most EFL teachers I know eat outside as the food is also relatively cheap. Enjoy the Land of Smiles...and stay clear of the soi dogs! Very Happy
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2m01z



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:01 am    Post subject: IH CELTA in Chiang Mai Reply with quote

Just got this info. The accommodation is at Hang Dong district, Assaradevi Villas & Spa. The classes take place at the center, a 2-minute drive from Assaradevi. They have 2-van runs a day but you can also walk.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just completed this. I can confirm that the food is excellent. Very Happy Tasty, mostly fairly healthy. Vegetarians/vegans are catered for. I think all-organic is a bit much to ask for, but I doubt they use heavily recycled oil, it's quality food.

The school is fairly well-equipped, and about 2min drive/25min walk from the hotel complex. Given the intensity of the course, I'd recommend paying for the whole package -- you'll want every minute of the day you can get for lesson prep etc.

As to the quality of the course itself, I haven't done it anywhere else so it's hard to compare; but the tutors were very professional, it was externally moderated by a Cambridge examiner who turned up in the last week, and it was challenging enough (very challenging!) to give me faith in the CELTA as a qualification.
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