If you've been following along our blog, then you've already seen most of the downstairs of our new house in Thailand. So let's move upstairs. The master bedroom is surprisingly roomy, plenty of space for a bed and some furniture. There are no closets in the house, so they use wardrobes instead (just like when we lived in Germany).
The most interesting piece of furniture in our bedroom is the bed itself. When I first laid down on the bed, I thought oh my! someone forgot to take the cardboard off of the mattress before they made the bed! But when I looked under the sheets, there was no cardboard. This bed is incredibly hard, and it's supposed to be that way. Apparently this is common in Asia. Now I know you're thinking that you've slept on a hard mattress before; not so. Maybe you've slept on a firm mattress, but not on a Thailand-hard mattress. Would you like to simulate this yourself? 3 easy steps: 1) find a concrete floor. 2) put down your best 2 blankets. 3) goto sleep. I'm serious. This mattress is so hard, we often wake up sore in the morning. We're not complaining, mind you; at least we have a bed.
The furniture in our bedroom, indeed in nearly all the house, is pressed board. Apparently it's all the rage right now in Thailand. Personally, I don't care for it. But it is inexpensive, and I think it's also termite-proof.
If you look above the wardrobe, you'll see the A/C unit. Each room in the house has its own unit. Like the living room, there many, large windows in the bedroom to maximize airflow. So far we've slept without any A/C at night, using a giant floor fan to keep us cool. There's also a small balcony, right behind where I took the picture from.
The master bathroom has most of the amenities you would expect in the States: sink with cold (but not hot) water, a shower (with cold and hot water), and a real toilet (no squatty potties here, thank goodness!). The entire thing is tiled, which makes it easy to clean. There's not an enclosed shower or tub; the shower curtain (on the left side of the picture) is simply pulled across one part of the bathroom to form the shower. We use a squeegee to push most of the water down the drain; the heat does the rest.