Bangkok is noisy, colourful and always on the go! Home to over 14 million people, there are expats from every corner of the globe mixed in with the millions of local Thais. The city is safe to live in for expats and very affordable.
Eating out is the norm - Bangkok has more restaurants than any other city in the world and that doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands of street vendors.
Language in Thailand can very challenging for non-native speakers due to the tonal nature of words - depending on the tone, the exact same word can mean something different. Generally, most Thais don’t speak English unless you are in a tourist resort so you may need some help initially.
This leads almost all expats to look at international schools in and around Bangkok. The market is well served with over 70 schools including 38 British schools, 21 American and 23 International Baccalaureate. As with a lot of things in Bangkok, the costs are also lower than other parts of the world. Fees range from $5,000 a year through to $30,000 at the high end schools. This compares well with other parts of Asia and also Europe.
Schools are located all around Bangkok but keep in mind traffic can be pretty intense at those key times that you will be sending your kids to school and picking them up. So a school near to where you live is going to be a good idea!
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Ruamrudee International school is a Catholic school that provides an interfaith, inclusive, and academically rigorous education for students to be balanced, successful, and compassionate individuals. Reflecting the school’s mission and vision, RIS students participate in a comprehensive range of service learning opportunities with charities and communities throughout Thailand. These experiences change the lives of not only the people in these communities but of the students as well. RIS does more than just educate students; RIS nurtures their heads, hands, and hearts.
At Samakee we pride ourselves on being a unique international school due to our strong sense of community in which everyone’s name is known, and children collaborate and care for one another regardless of age. The self-confidence and academic grounding that our children develop here at St Andrews Samakee is the perfect platform from which to continue their educational journey into high school and beyond. The best way to form an impression of a school is to see it in action. Please do come for a visit and you will see the children go about their work with a sense of joy, energy, commitment and wholesale enthusiasm!
Harrow Bangkok is a school rich in tradition, both here in Bangkok and as part of a family of schools dating back to 1572. It is the largest member of the Harrow family, and it is the original branded British independent school outside the UK. At Harrow Bangkok we aim to offer the very best holistic education not only in Thailand, but across Southeast Asia.
At RBIS we believe in an educational framework that is personalised and designed to meet the needs of individual students. Our approach is very experiential and students participate in engaging and challenging learning activities.We believe in a holistic approach and to deliver this we align classroom learning to our extensive and successful extra-curricular programme.
KIS International School, centrally located in Bangkok, Thailand is an IB World School exclusively offering the International Baccalaureate programmes. Students at KIS can pursue a continuum of IB education right from the start through the following programmes: The Primary Years Programme for ages 3- 11 years The Middle Years Programme for ages 11-16 years The IB Diploma Programme for ages 16-18 years KIS is a collaborative community of over 700 students and 55 nationalities, offering education in the Early Years, Kindergarten, Primary School and Secondary School. Its dedicated teachers and supportive parents work together to attain student success. The school has an academically challenging international curriculum and a well-rounded programme of sports, creativity and community service. We provide all our students, from the youngest children stepping into a classroom for the first time, to our graduates heading off to university, with the tools to become life-long learners and successful and responsible global citizens.
In the last few years NIST has aimed to establish itself as a leader in education not only in Asia, but also around the globe. Through our ever-evolving programmes and dedication to a renewed vision, we strive to positively impact communities through the power of learning.
Through outstanding teaching and learning in a nurturing environment, ISB inspires students to achieve their academic and personal potential; be passionate, reflective learners; become caring global citizens, and lead healthy, active, balanced lifestyles.
Welcome to Montessori Academy Bangkok International School. We aim to provide an environment that nurtures the child’s innate ability to learn and excel, and tobecome responsible citizens of the world. We offer a Toddler, Casa, and Montessori Elementary Program. Our program is based on the Australia Montessori National Curriculum, which is endorsed by AMI (Association Montessori Internationale). We are approved by the Thai Ministry of Education.
KPIS International School opened its doors in 2005. The idea of the school culminated from the desire of my family to give our children a world-class education, with international exposure. We did not have backgrounds in the business of education; we only knew what we wanted for our children, which is to be well-rounded, happy citizens in the world of the future. Whatever that future may hold, our children need to be ready. And so we are preparing our children for an emerging, ever-changing future.
New Sathorn International School (NSIS) is a progressive school, offering a truly global education. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, our school is superbly equipped with the science, art, music, drama and sports facilities you would expect from one of Bangkok's finest schools. Our highly qualified and experienced native English speaking teachers also highly contribute to this unique learning environment, making NSIS the ideal choice for parents who strive to give their children the greatest gift of all, a bright successful future in our 'ever-changing' global village.