Get to Know Nomad Series #2: the Nomadic Wanderer – Junpei Nishikawa
Working and Living in Bangkok as a Digital Nomad
Hey! What’s your name?
How old are you ?
I am 27 years old.
Where are you from ?
What is your education background ?
What are your professional experiences ?
My professional experiences include management of the serviced offices as well as business development of online platform, such as room rental services.
Why did you become a Digital Nomad ?
The company I work for want to expand their network internationally. Currently I am working on the collaboration project with a partner in Thailand.
How do you work today ? How do you earn an income ?
About 70% of my work can be done online. These include video conferencing with my colleagues and sending email to business partners in Singapore. However, sometime I also do face-to-face meetings with business partners and people in Thailand.
What are your best apps for working as a Digital Nomad ?
Do you have an advice for anyone who wants to become a Digital Nomad ?
As a digital nomad, I think it’s important to routinely plan to go out to work at different places to more productive. I can stay home all the day long but for me it’s counter-productive. Normally my plan is to go to a nice coffee shop with a stable internet connection on Monday. Then on Tuesday, I will hop to another place. It is very important to make local friends because it helps me to experience the city in a more meaningful way and also to enjoy the city more, like recommending me on where the good restaurants are and all the good places to go and hangout.
Why did you decide to come to Thailand to start your Digital Nomad life ?
I was given the opportunity to come to Thailand and I wanted to develop business in a new market. The opportunity helps develop my skills and career path. So I decided to give it a shot.
What is your typical day in Thailand as a Digital Nomad ?
I wake up around 7am then went on a Skype meeting with my colleagues at 8.30am. At around 10am, I leave home to go to my business partner’s office, which takes around 40 minutes . I start working there from 11am. We usually order our lunch via UberEATS. In the afternoon, I have 1 or 2 Skype meetings with my colleagues and business partners. Many times I conduct research interviews at Starbucks or cafes. My work ends around 7 – 8pm. I have dinner in town before heading home.
Can you give us some recommendations of your favorite places in Bangkok ?
Would you be interested in meRooms Services ?
Yes, as a user I am really interested in this service because I am looking for a short-term accommodation and meRooms has many of those rooms listed on the platform!
How do you think meRooms can help you ?
Rather than finding the accommodation from an Expat Facebook group which is not very organized, meRooms provides a good selections which I can easily search and filter the room I want.
How much would you spend in your accommodation per month in thailand, based on your experience ?
Up to THB16,000 per month
What are for you the most important things or services you like to see on meRooms ?
I want meRooms to help me to communicate with the room owners to get a quick response and set up viewing appointment because I cannot speak Thai and things can get lost in translation. If I have a problem with my accommodation, I want meRooms to help me find the solutions.