If you are thinking about travelling abroad to try your hand at teaching English chances are you are overwhelmed by the possibilities! The need for English teachers across Asia is high, and choosing a destination is harder than ever. Here are the top five best countries in Asia to teach English in!


The Land of Smiles is an excellent choice for teaching English. Its tropical climate, world-class beaches, lush jungles and unique culture makes it a very appealing location for many travellers! The proficiency throughout Thailand is exceptionally low and therefore the demand is high. Finding a job is easy anywhere in the country, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree and some form of a TESOL certificate.

Although, you don’t come to Thailand for the money even though the cost of living is low, expect to work around 35-40 hours a week and to be paid around 800 – 1,000 USD a month. There are many Thai holidays that you will get time off for, but in exchange, the office culture is usually rather strict when it comes to sick days or vacation – usually neither of which are permitted nor paid for.


Just ever so slightly off the beaten path Vietnam draws a large crowd of native English speakers because of its increased pay and a more organised working environment. In Vietnam, you have two options – to either work in a traditional school or in an after school-learning centre.

Vietnamese parents put English high on their children’s priority list and after school tutoring is normal. As an English teacher in Vietnam you can expect the same low costs of living but be making closer to 1,500 – 2,000 USD a month while working around 20 hours a week.

South Korea:

Despite normally being known for its pop music rather than its teaching English opportunities, South Korea is an awesome place to move to! Here you will find the highest paying jobs in Asia averaging around 2,000 USD a month and often times possessing lucrative benefits such as health insurance or free accommodation!

In order to teach in South Korea you technically don’t need a TESOL of CELTA certification although if you do, it’s easier to make even more money. Since it’s a small country transportation from one end to the other is easy, weekend trips exploring all different parts of the country are totally feasible! Not to mention South Korea has stellar hiking, super fast internet and most restaurants do delivery – what’s better than that?!


This little island is often times overlooked by prospective teachers, but with beautiful landscapes and bustling cities, it is a hotspot for expats! Taiwan is home to some of the best food in the region and jam packed with interesting things to see and do. You can expect to be paid anywhere from 20-40 USD an hour depending on what type of school you live in. Living costs are relativity low in Taiwan making it an awesome place to live and save money!


China is a huge place, as are its opportunities for teaching! There are many different types of schools you can teach in, education is held in high regard and taken very seriously! From Preschool to even university level the demand for teachers is high. You will work 40 hours a week but it can be very rewarding, as you’ll be making anywhere from 1,000-3,000 USD a month. With tonnes of travel possibilities, a rich history and vibrant culture, who wouldn’t want to go!

Teaching English abroad is a fantastic way to learn about a new culture while making money! If you are drawn to the idea of teaching but would rather lead a more nomadic life, online teaching is also an option. Most companies will pay around seven to eight dollars every 30-minute session.


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