Home is where your coworking space is. What’s true for Austria is apparently also true for Thailand. I always thought, that I loved sektor5, because it was sektor5 and not because of the coworking. Well. Turns out the coworking thing also works in other places. I’m pleasantly surprised.
I currently work from Punspace in Chiang Mai. It’s Tuesday evening and I kinda feel like writing. So I’m writing. About what coworking here in Thailand is like.
– E-commerce. Think dropshipping and Amazon FBA.
– Affiliate Marketing (“It’s not a porn site, Kathrin! It’s a dating site! I’d happily tell my mum what I do!” Yah. Right. ^^)
– Writers. Think journalists. Think travel bloggers.
– Freelancers. They code. They write. They internet market. They do “stuff” basically.
Yes, at Punspace – or at least at their location in Nimman – we work barefoot, which is nice. It’s a Thai thing and done not only at the coworking space, but at restaurants, cafes, massage parlours, etc. I like it, because it feels kinda “earthy”. Makes working feel a bit like yoga.
sektor5-ers, please skip this point, ’cause you’re just going to get jealous. There’s air conditioning here. No, not one. Nine ACs. Cool. Too cool. Literally.
People don’t freak out whenever the wifi’s down. Big difference to Austria. 😉
Food is, just like at sektor5, big. We’re lucky here, because of all the Thai restaurants nearby, that offer super cheap (think 2 USD per meal), super tasty and super healthy (!) food.
Big disadvantage: No mjam. There is Meals on Wheels 4 U. But let’s face it: It’s just not the same.
Yah… The kitchen… What can I say. Same same, but different. Not.
I remember people taking smoke breaks at sektor5. Yes, I was a smoker too back then. Around here, people take yoga and muy thai breaks. It’s normal to see people stretch and tone in the big green outside area. Lifehackers’ paradise, I tell ya!
Your fingerprint is your key to after-hour entry at Punspace. Sometimes I scan my finger numerous times. Just cause I think it’s fun. Yes. I know. Weird.
Unisex Toilets. Need I say more?! Well. I will anyways. If I got 10 cents for every time I put the toilet seat down, I’d be rich by now. RICH. LIKE REALLY RICH. Guys, seriously, how hard can it be!?
There’s also a bunch of entertaining signs, that help guide your toilet behavior and experience. Helpful. Very.
Ever heard of Bulletproof Coffee? No. Well. If you were at Punspace, you would have. Bulletproof coffee (= Coffee + Butter) is the Punspace equivalent to sektor5’s flat white.
Popular Coffee Brand: Akha Ama.
Scooters are our Wiener Linien here. Because: Public transport? What is this? But: Be careful. Reckless driving (actually also normal driving) might lead to a “Thai Tattoo” aka a trip to the hospital and a bunch of pretty scars, that make you look a lot more bad ass, than you actually are.
Pro Tip: Wear a helmet. No, not wearing one, doesn’t make you cool, it actually makes you look like an idiot.
Punspace is a fun place. But sektor5, you will always have a special place in my heart. See you soon. I look forward to my next Braune Fee already!