Hi Nathan and welcome to Thailand!
I have just read your most recent post and would comment as follows...
1. Take it one step at a time.
2. Don't rush to choose a Wat in which to ordain.
3. Maybe go and visit Venerable Appicchato in Kanchanaburi and listen to his wise words of wisdom from 30+ years of living here.
4. Make the decisions by yourself, and don't get swept up by your new found Thai friends enthusiasm to see you ordain.
5. Slow down...this is Thailand!
6. If you ordain at a small village temple, it may be that the Abbot won't have a clue about Visa extensions or paperwork that is required (never having
had a foreigner ordain before)
7. Drop the hotel car, in fact move out of the hotel altogether. Go and see Thailand for yourself, and by yourself - it is a far more enriching experience than the clinical security of a BKK hotel. After all, if you ordain, you will be on your own.
8. I wish you all the very best on your journey, and you can always pm me if you want some more advice or help.
My experience of Thailand (in total 12 years now) is much the same as Venerable Appicchato's, and I laugh when he writes his posts because
his experiences match mine so closely! (Especially when it comes to the Thai-Farang examples he quotes).