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Hi there Zark;

Yes, you're right. It should be a local license.

It is infact very easy to get it if you have a valid one from your home country. I remember I did it some time ago, and it took me less than one hour and cost something like 2-300 Baht.

Definately worth to do so in order to avoid any situation in case something should happen.

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Unfortunately, most corporate moves are moves to meet the company's needs, not the employees, so visits to see if you'll like it are usually not possible. Usually the job is described and discussed, and you take it or leave it. And in some companies, you don't have much choice. The general rule is that you get to turn down one internal opportunity per career.
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Hi everyone,

We're moving to Phuket and wondering if anyone has any advice on the British International School. Would love some first hand experience and to know basically if it's a good school or not. Also wondering if anyone has any advice on nice family oriented areas to live in (preferably close to the beach). Finally, does anyone have any advice on car ownership - is it just as easy and more economical to catch cabs everywhere? Is it expensive to own a car in Thailand? We have a baby so I thought we might need to look inot buying a car so we can ensure he's in a car seat.

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Hello darwinite1,

We are also moving to Phuket and I also wondering about the British International School. Itīs the most important for me. Do you have any information???? Is the admition easy for primary school???

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Hello darwinite1,

We are also moving to Phuket and I also wondering about the British International School. Itīs the most important for me. Do you have any information???? Is the admition easy for primary school???
Hi Linda,

The only info I have is from the school website at this stage:

BCIS: Admissions


It looks to be pretty comprehensive. Through the forum and from word of mouth, I've heard it's ok, but can't tell you much more than that. Our daughter is going into high school so can't comment on the Primary School.

Will let you know if I hear any more on it though.

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Hi there Zark;

Yes, you're right. It should be a local license.

It is infact very easy to get it if you have a valid one from your home country. I remember I did it some time ago, and it took me less than one hour and cost something like 2-300 Baht.

Definately worth to do so in order to avoid any situation in case something should happen.

Stein
Dear Stein, saw your info reg. the driv. lic.
can yo please tell me whether they take your original license or you get to keep it?

Many thanks,
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Dear Stein, saw your info reg. the driv. lic.
can yo please tell me whether they take your original license or you get to keep it?

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Hi there LT

No, they do not take your original license. They need to see it and probably copy it for their records.

The best is if you have a international license from your home country.

They might also ask you to take a basic test though.


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Hi there LT

No, they do not take your original license. They need to see it and probably copy it for their records.

The best is if you have a international license from your home country.

They might also ask you to take a basic test though.


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HI Stein,
Thanks for the info.

I don't know whether you moved to Phuket and brought your own stuff to the island but in case you did, Do you maybe know a good, reliable moving company (especially a company that has good connections with customs and knows how to deal with TM)
In about 3 months I will move a lot of my furniture and stuff from Hong Kong to Phuket

thanks again and cheers
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Hi Zark,

Sorry for the delay in responding.

Thanks for all your info - it's greatly appreciated. Although I've only visited there, I do have experience with moving to reasonably inhospitable places and know that no matter how bad it may seem, you can get through it - having said that, I don't see Phuket as 'inhospitable', so I'm making an assumption that although there may be some drawbacks or difficulties, it will be nothing that won't be overcome with time and some patience I hope that makes sense. In the end (as we're planning to stay for some time) I have no doubt that we will grow to love our new lives there and I think it will be a really wonderful experience for us all, especially the children.

Thanks for the info on the car situation. We've heard more about this through friends and now know that we'll have to purchase when we get there. It's good to know that they're reasonably inexpensive to buy and run.

I appreciate your comments about expats and do hope I don't turn into the type you're referring to However, as my husband will be working away from home for significant periods of time, I like the idea of living in an area with other expats for obvious reason and for the kids. I've heard that Rawai is a nice place to live - any thoughts? Do you think it would be too far for our daughter to commute each day to BIS? As I won't be working, it doesn't matter where we live, just as long as it's a nice community - any ideas would be welcomed.

I'll look forward to hearing more from you if you get time Zark.

cheers!
Hi There,
We just checked out some schools and decided to put our girls in the PIA. A small school (they just started) with a nice approach on education, we checked out the BIS as well but preferred the PIA. Cost wise it's roughly the same (also very high) but point of view educational approach we thought they were very different.
Just wanted to let you know there was an alternative.

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Hi everyone,

We're moving to Phuket and wondering if anyone has any advice on the British International School. Would love some first hand experience and to know basically if it's a good school or not. Also wondering if anyone has any advice on nice family oriented areas to live in (preferably close to the beach). Finally, does anyone have any advice on car ownership - is it just as easy and more economical to catch cabs everywhere? Is it expensive to own a car in Thailand? We have a baby so I thought we might need to look inot buying a car so we can ensure he's in a car seat.

thanks!
Hi,
I have seen that you were trying to get more information about the British International School BIS and the Phuket International Academy PIA. We can tell you from our own experience that school here on the island still need a lot of improvement. Promises are made, but managers (headmasters) master to mange the school below a level of international standards. Compared to international school fees those two mentioned schools are far too high put on relation to what you get. Both schools are now applying for the IB. From my experience with both school, I can say that the promises and the vision behind the PIA are tremendous, but sadly have not been achieved yet. The owner has got a very good vision about how school should be, there is a great master plan, but the reality so far teaches us differently as there is no transparency at all. The BIS is probably good to start with as they have got already set programs and materials, although the classes are crowded and some children seem to be bullied. There is a new PTA in place and the heads are at least open to comments. It really depends on the child as individual to give you the right advise. We for our part are looking for international schools in some other countries now.
There is another international school on the horizon I have heard, planning to open in 2010 with an elementary school and middle and senior school. It will be near the BIS.
The kindergarten is already open and located at the Boat Lagoon (fabulous place to live, but not nearby the beach).

The concept again looks good, but ..... probably it is better to wait another year or two or to lower the expectations of good, qualified education.


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hello darwinite1,

After one year......have you decide for the school???? I have to decide yet.


Hi everyone,

We're moving to Phuket and wondering if anyone has any advice on the British International School. Would love some first hand experience and to know basically if it's a good school or not. Also wondering if anyone has any advice on nice family oriented areas to live in (preferably close to the beach). Finally, does anyone have any advice on car ownership - is it just as easy and more economical to catch cabs everywhere? Is it expensive to own a car in Thailand? We have a baby so I thought we might need to look inot buying a car so we can ensure he's in a car seat.

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