The Vantage Advantage
Bangkok—The World's Largest Primate City
A Primate City has been defined as being "at least twice as large as the next largest city and more than twice as significant."
A primate city is number one in its country in most aspects, like politics, economy, media, culture, and universities.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, has been called "the most primate city on Earth", being roughly thirty-five times larger than Thailand's second-largest city of Nakhon Ratchasima.
Some 15 million people—nearly a quarter of Thailand’s population—live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region.
The Top Thai 100 - Best Private and Public Thai Schools published by The Teachers’ Council of Thailand is top heavy with greater Bangkok-based schools. Number #3 is about a mile and a half from Vantage’s training center.
All of Thailand's best universities are here, and most private language academies, as are most ‘satit’ (demonstration) schools. It is, by far, the single biggest hiring market for English teachers in the entire Kingdom.
But what really makes The City of Angels special is that so many Thais from all over the Kingdom come here to work bringing their unique regional culture with them. Bangkok is a melting pot of all things Thai. It’s a great place to fine-tune a feel for the entire Thai culture.
Bangkok—it’s a big city…with a small town feel.
Meet Your Trainers
Your Vantage trainers are highly experienced teachers with many years in the classroom and boardroom.
You may find this primer on renting flats in Bangkok—both short and long term—to be helpful.
We have three recommendations within walking distance to our training center
There's lots of options and you can find very nice rooms at very reasonable prices.
Our Bangkok-based TEFL training centre is located in north Bangkok between the home campus of Kasetsart University—Thailand’s third oldest and now largest university with some 67,000 students—and the world’s only “Elephant Building”, a thirty-two storey tower that floats over our area.
The immediate area around the centre hosts both traditional businesses and modern upscale shops. It’s close to Major Cineplex (a movie house mall) and The Avenue Ratchayothin, which hosts a number of boutique fast food outlets.
There are also lots of hole-in-the-wall and on-sidewalk eateries serve great Thai food at budget prices.
We’re also a short ride from the MRT (underground) and the BTS (Skytrain) lines, which makes all of Bangkok easily accessible
If you like shopping, we’re in the same area as the world famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, which has more than 8,000 vendor stalls in 27 sections over 35 acres. Here you can find everything under the sun—and then some—as you shop till you drop.
Less well known (and just behind the Weekend Market) is the Or Tor Kor Market, which has been ranked as the fourth best fresh market in the world by CNNGo. Housed in a riot of color are an incredible range of beautiful fruits, extremely fresh vegetables, exotic spices, meats, seafood and some unidentifiable edibles.
This not-to-be-missed destination also has a food court section where you can sample all this food to your heart’s delight.
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1873/15-16 Sena Center, Phaholyothin Rd,
Ladyao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900