Without enough time to go looking for a permanent place to stay, I decided to check into good old Happy Inn for the night. The same wonderfully sweet receptionist who’d seen me off more than two months prior was right there to greet me. I’d called earlier that morning to check for vacancies, and she remembered just who I was – offering whichever room I’d prefer. Of course I had no idea which to choose, so upon arrival I was provided a handful of keys and as long as I needed to select my very favorite.
Peder, who introduced me to the inn, had once mentioned that the size and quality of your room can vary tremendously (despite everything costing a flat-rate $20 per night). I had no idea just how much. Room 502 was almost like a completely different place; easily twice the size of where I’d stayed in December, with a full fridge and freezer, a massive window that runs the entire length of the wall, a bathtub, queen-sized bed, and a small leather chair to sit at while working. Who needs the Hilton when you’ve got Happy Inn – for $600 a month I had my own fully serviced hotel, cleaned whenever I wanted, with all the space I needed, and right in the heart of the city!
I spent an hour or so getting settled and cleaned up, then texted Jack and headed out. Computer fixed, iPhone working, and settled in with a comfy place to live – it looks like I made it.
Time for Culture One – Thailand’s biggest outdoors electronic music festival 🙂
Note: These posts are behind realtime; the above took place on Saturday, February 26th.