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From Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok: Moving alone as an expat woman

Discover our new series, Santa Fe Around the World. Follow our customers as they share their intimate story and exciting account of relocation, packed with local insights. Every one of our moves is unique, just like our customers. Join us on their journeys, from home to new home and beyond!

Here Genie takes us through her experience of moving alone from Vietnam to Thailand.

Where did you move from and where to? How did you feel about the experience of moving alone to another country?

Genie: I moved from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Bangkok, Thailand. It was exciting as it was my first time to live and work in Bangkok. At the beginning I was a little bit concerned about how I was going to settle down there in terms of housing.

Moving alone was not difficult as I have been living away from family and friends for many years. I was more excited to move.

How was your experience when integrating with the local people? How do you think this would compare to moving with family or friends?

Genie: I’ve been living away from family for quite a while so I feel it quite easy to integrate with local people. The local people are friendly, especially through connection with my colleagues and Santa Fe Relocation staff. They are now my new friends. It is a little bit difficult sometimes compared to moving with family & friends as I don’t speak local the language yet.

Have you had a chance to explore Bangkok? What are and how do you feel about the differences with your hometown?

Genie: I explored a bit with my colleagues, on my own and also Santa Fe Relocation gave a good orientation tour that took me to local places. Shopping here is easy, food is good and available everywhere. Food is more spicy than in my hometown though. But I like it.

How did you adapt to the new community? Have you been to any community events?

Genie: Not yet. But the Bangkok community as a whole is easy to adapt to, living life style, food, people are all good. I went to some local events, e.g. the Chang beer event near Exchange Towel, the Elephant festival, some local markets, etc. I also live close to an expat area. It was good a opportunity to experience local traditions, meet new people and try some local food.


Santa Fe Relocation thanks Genie for sharing her experience with us. We wish her all the best for the new adventure in Thailand!

To read more other stories:

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From France to the USA: Moving a family of 7

Moving to India: Leaving corporate life for the coffee plantation

Moving to Italy: A new step for an expat family (part 1)

Moving to Italy: A new step for an expat family (part 2)

Moving to Philippines: a single parent expat story

Moving to Africa: A life changing experience

Moving to Africa: the experience with children

Moving to Africa: adapting to a different way of life

Moving to Africa: tastes of a new home

If you’re thinking of moving home and would like to find out how  Santa Fe Relocation can help, get in touch with a member of our friendly team on 020 8961 4141.

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