Q1. Where did you move to and when?
I left Thailand for Vietnam on June 30th 2017.
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
I was in Thailand for almost four years. I worked at a Thai high school for seven months and a university for three years.
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
I wanted to continue teaching young adults, and I really struggled to find work in Thailand. Opportunities came up in both China and Vietnam, and I decided to pick Vietnam.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
I find the staff to be much more professional and driven where I am now than in Thailand. The staff here are much more supportive than those people I worked with in Thailand. The pay is much better in Vietnam than in Thailand.
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
The bureaucracy (believe it or not) - although it can be a nuisance, it is much easier to navigate in Thailand than in Vietnam. I guess I am still new to Vietnam, so I haven't learnt how to deal with it.
Food - I miss the food for two reasons. I feel that Thailand has a wider range of food choices to offer, particularly Western food. Secondly, I find Thai food to be more appetizing than Vietnamese food. I haven't eaten anything yet that I would choose ahead of laab or somtam.
The people - both nations have very friendly people but Thais are more welcoming.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
I would suggest Thailand because it would be easier for a new teacher to settle there than in Vietnam.
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
Definitely yes. I see Thailand as my second home. I will go there as much as I can.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?