“For me, before coming to Vietnam, I had a lot of prejudge. I considered south east Asia as a developing country and my vision of this it’s a dirty land, a lot of garbage, dangerous places…”
What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Shiori and I come from Japan.
Why did you come to Vietnam?
I came to Vietnam because I worked for a Japanese company and they send me to Vietnam to do my internship during 4months.
How long have you stayed here and when will you decide to come back to your country?
I’ve been in Vietnam since 4 months already and it’s going to be the end of my trip this week. Hopefully, I will stay in Vietnam during 2 weeks to visit before going back to Japan.
What do you like the most in Vietnam? Why?
I really like the atmosphere. A lot of street food everywhere. Saïgon is a stressful city who always crowded but I like this active life here.
Do you think it is difficult to find a place to live in HCMC?
I think it’s difficult to find a accommodation by yourself in HCMC. But hopefully, when I came here, my boss introduce me to GlobeTrottr so it was quiet easy to find for my personal case.
Where do you live right now in Saigon ? What do you think about your neigboorhood ?
I live in Binh Thanh district near Thao Dien Bridge. I really like my neighborhood. Every morning I passed the street and everybody say hello to me or come to eat something. They are really, really nice and kindly.
What do you know about GlobeTrottr?
Before I arrived I wanted to find a share house during my journey in Vietnam. So I posted some announces on expats groups and GlobeTrottr answer to me and found me what I was looking for.
So according to you, on which points can we improve?
Everything was fine !
Can you tell us a little story which happened during your trip ?
I really enjoy my journey in Vietnam. I remember one time, it was around 1 month ago I almost finish all my missions for my internship but my boss quite the job and an other guy arrives. It changes a lot of things in process and how to do the job. I should modify a lot of things I already did before finish my internship. It was a hard but a good experience for the next step!
Can you resume Vietnam in one word ?
What is the biggest culture shock for you ?
For me, before coming to Vietnam, I had a lot of prejudge. I considered south east Asia as a developing country and my vision of this it’s a dirty land, a lot of garbage, dangerous places…
But actually, when I reach Vietnam I discover that you have a lot of Japanese place, clean area. I wasn’t expected it will be so easy to live there and I really like the lifestyle here.
Do you consider yourself as a global citizen ?
I’m considering myself as a global citizen !
What will be your next destination ?
I just finish my internship so I’m gonna travelling around Vietnam now. I’m going to Mui Ne tomorrow and to the north after because going to Malaysia and finally come back to Japan in 2 weeks and ended my journey ….
Interviewed by Corentin, GlobeTrottr staff