My New Hut

I bet my landlord is better than yours.

Would yours come to visit in the afternoon, just to say hello and maybe teach you a little Thai while you help her with English? Mine does.

How would yours react when you show her the pink chicken you’ve been keeping in your (her) bathroom? Mine asked, “Why didn’t you get two?”

I did, actually. A chicken and a duck, though both have since become delicious meals for the Rottweiler across the road.

And speaking of food, would yours invite you to dinner with the family, just to celebrate a new house being built? Or take you to a nice Korean BBQ dinner, just because? Mine did.

Would yours fix anything that goes wrong, and apologize profusely that it went wrong in the first place (though it’s never her fault)? Mine does.

Would yours nearly cry when she tells you she needs you to move into a tiny (but beautiful) hut next door because she knows how much you like all the space in your current house? Mine did.

And then she moved her family of four into my one-bedroom bungalow, which made me feel selfish for ever thinking I needed so much space. I brought one backpack. What was I doing with all that space?

At least that’s what I ask myself now that I live next door, in that tiny, beautiful hut. And I love it even more than my bungalow. It’s cozy, it’s cute, and it’s traditional Thai.


I never even met my last landlord in the states. And the one before that didn’t fix anything when asked. I have friends with absolute horror stories from past rentals. Feel free to share yours below!

My New Hut in Thailand



  1. Kim says:

    I have no rental horror story to share but wanted to say how much I enjoyed seeing photos of your new home. It is adorable and as you said, very Thai….how terrific to be living very traditionally. Always interested in what the everyday life is like in other countries. Thank you for sharing….and you’re absolutely right, you have a gem of a landlord. 🙂

  2. Angie says:

    That is the cutest little hut ever! So happy for you!

  3. It sounds like you have a wonderful landlord! When we lived in Bermuda, our always bought a gift with him when he came by to collect the rent. I went back and saw him several years ago and he hugged me like I was a long lost member of his family.

    • jessicajhill says:

      The people we meet along the way really do make the journey worth it, don’t you think? And to have a reason such as yours to go back and visit? Well, who wouldn’t want that? Thanks for sharing, Kathy.

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