When Micks Guesthouse on Friday 1 August opened in Cha Am, many friends and colleagues from other guesthouses and bars dropped by to enjoy the buffet, play pool and congratulate the owners, Michael Madsen from Esbjerg and his wife Tongyom.
Micks Guesthouse is not Michael Madsen’s first business in Thailand. Ten years ago, he had a bar in Phuket, but after three years there he moved back to Denmark. Back in Denmark, he soon realized that he no longer wanted to live in Denmark either, and so he moved back to Thailand to settle down in Cha Am. He had been there on vacation a couple of years earlier and had fallen in love with the place.
Michael Madsen still spends half his time working as a taxi driver in Esbjerg, but his hope is that he will be able to stay in Thailand and concentrate on the guesthouse full-time. He thinks more tourists should explore the opportunities of Cha Am. According to him the beach is better than Hua Hin’s, everything is about 30 per cent cheaper than in Hua Hin and there is plenty of possibilities for playing golf.
Micks Guesthouse has six rooms, all with air condition, minibar and TV. Some of Michael Madsen’s many plans are to establish a Danish breakfast buffet and in the future also offer Thai massage at Micks Guesthouse. First however he has to go back to Denmark and drive some more taxi to raise money for these initiatives.