What Are The Top Countries For Teaching English In Asia?


Maybe you've chosen Asia as your destination for teaching English, but you've not quite narrowed it down to a specific country. If that's the case, then this list of countries is definitely going to help you out.

When choosing the list, we considered what other sites had written, the general consensus on forums and among teaching circles, and our own experiences.

Before we start, we'd like to point out that some countries are more popular than others for newcomers, and other countries are more popular once people actually arrive. For example, people might flock to Japan, Thailand or China, but do they necessarily stay there as long as people who go to Taiwan or Vietnam?

What ends up being the best choice for you isn't necessarily going to be number 1 on this list, so bear that in mind.

It's also the case that some countries have more job availability, require different qualifications, or offer higher salaries. Despite this, we think this list is pretty reflective of overall popularity.

Number 5 - Vietnam

Vietnam has a lot to offer for people who want to stay longer and explore the country more. It's already a very popular tourist destination, but it's growing economy and improving lifestyles also makes it a decent place to live.

Vietnam is definitely a destination of choice for those who want to get out an explore. Flexible teaching schedules and an amazing diversity from North to South make Vietnam very friendly on the traveler.

Don't expect to be able to buckle down and save a lot of money though, as the teaching salaries tend to be lower in Vietnam than other Asian countries.

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Number 4 - China

Despite boasting higher pay, a massive market for teachers, and a rich culture and history, China only makes it to number 4 because of some of the things you have to put up with when living there. Terrible air pollution in some cities, ever changing laws and confusing bureaucracy can make china a nightmare for a lot of teachers. This doesn't guarantee you a bad experience by any means, but it kept China out of the top 3.

Still, if you're only going for a short time, you can definitely have a wonderful experience, save some money, and explore a huge and diverse country.

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Number 3 - Taiwan

This is another explorer's paradise, but its cities also have a lot going for them too. Taiwan has been referred to as China, but with soul. Teachers who come to Taiwan often fall in love with it very quickly and stay for many years, which makes it almost a hidden gem among the teaching world.

For salaries, Taiwan can't compete with South Korea and Japan, but it has a much lower cost of living as well, so there's still plenty of opportunity for saving.

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Number 2 - South Korea

For a mixture of high salary, good demand, and sheer popularity, Korea makes it in at number 2 on this list. It's been referred to as a more laid back Japan, but that only applies to the culture itself. Teachers in Korea might earn good salaries, but they also have to work hard as well.

Interestingly enough, a lot of teachers in Taiwan have ended up there after staying in Korea for a couple of years, so there may be more short term than long term appeal to South Korea for a lot of people.

Number 1 - Japan

This is the powerhouse of English teaching in Asia. A country with a large, established market that offers large salaries. Japan is obviously also popular for the fact that it's Japan. There's an appeal to Japan that stretches worldwide and for many people, teaching is just an excuse to stay there.

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As mentioned earlier, your list may well be different from this, and we encourage you to join in the discussion. Depending on what your main interests are, what your goals are, and what kind of experience you want, this list could well be in reverse order for you. 

The main thing to consider when making your choice is, what exactly do you want to get out of it? If you can find that answer, finding the right country for you should be easy.