Inside Bangkok’s prison-themed hotel

Would you pay for a night behind bars? Inside Bangkok's prison-themed hotel where guests get a mugshot, striped pyjamas and a 'lights-out curfew'

Would you pay for a night behind bars? Inside Bangkok’s prison-themed hotel where guests get a mugshot, striped pyjamas and a ‘lights-out curfew’

Most of us would very much prefer to stay out of a foreign jail.

But those who’d like a taste of it, there’s now a hotel in Thailand which is themed around just that.

Bangkok’s Sook Station opened earlier this summer and offers adventurous guests a night in a cell behind bars for £30 per night.

Banged up abroad: Bangkok's Sook Station offers guests a taste of Thailand's penal system, albeit a more comfortable version
Banged up abroad: Bangkok’s Sook Station offers guests a taste of Thailand’s penal system, albeit a more comfortable version

Enclosed by a perimeter fence topped with razor wire, the unconventional venue deliberately walks a fine line between custody and comfort.

Located in the up-and-coming Udomsook district, the budget inn boasts rooms with metal gates for doors, bunk beds and a lights-out curfew.

Each room – or rather, cell – measures just eight square meters.

Guests are treated to a mugshot upon checking in and are provided black and white striped pyjamas.

They are also given a ‘criminal record’ keepsake and an inmate number instead of a room key.

The hotel offers shared bathroom facilities, in keeping with a real jail.

Could you bear it? Enclosed by a perimeter fence topped with razor wire, the unconventional venue deliberately walks a fine line between custody and comfort 
Could you bear it? Enclosed by a perimeter fence topped with razor wire, the unconventional venue deliberately walks a fine line between custody and comfort
Cosy: In keeping with the cramped surroundings of Thai jails, each room measures just eight square meters
Cosy: In keeping with the cramped surroundings of Thai jails, each room measures just eight square meters
Communal space: The hotel offers shared facilities, much like a jail, including this dimly-lit bathroom
Communal space: The hotel offers shared facilities, much like a jail, including this dimly-lit bathroom
Sleep tight: Guests are treated to a mugshot upon checking in and are provided black and white striped pyjamas 
Sleep tight: Guests are treated to a mugshot upon checking in and are provided black and white striped pyjamas
Lights out! For added authenticity, there's even a curfew when the lights are shut-down
Lights out! For added authenticity, there’s even a curfew when the lights are shut-down

Thankfully, it’s not all concrete cells and metal bars.

There’s a also a hot tub, an office space and a lounge for relaxation, plus – somewhat randomly – teddy bears strewn around to offer comfort.

Outside, there are carefully manicured lawns decorated with overhead party lights.

Thailand’s prison system is world-renowned for its brutality, which sees the central men’s jail – Klong Prem – dubbed the Big Tiger because it is said to ‘eat people alive’.

Meanwhile, the women’s section is ironically referred to as the Bangkok Hilton.

Despite this, it still exerts a fascination for westerners and has long been the subject of cautionary tales from Hollywood.

Exterior: Located in Bangkok's up-and-coming Udomsook district, the budget inn costs £30 per person per night
Exterior: Located in Bangkok’s up-and-coming Udomsook district, the budget inn costs £30 per person per night
Home comforts: Outside, there are carefully manicured lawns decorated with party lights
Home comforts: Outside, there are carefully manicured lawns decorated with party lights
The real thing: Thailand's Klong Prem Central Prison (pictured) is dubbed Big Tiger because it is said to 'eat people alive'
The real thing: Thailand’s Klong Prem Central Prison (pictured) is dubbed Big Tiger because it is said to ‘eat people alive’

Bridget Jones found herself in a Thai jail in The Edge of Reason, while Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale co-starred in acclaimed thriller Brokedown Palace.

However, Midnight Express remains the most seminal moment in big-screen depictions, while the forthcoming A Prayer Before Dawn also looks set to warn people away from breaking the law on foreign soil.

Fortunately, curious holiday-makers can now find middle ground at Sook Station. – mailonline.

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