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Monday 21 August 2017

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Sook Station in Bangkok is themed around a prison

Monday 07/August/2017 - 05:55 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Yara Sameh

Most of us would very much prefer to stay out of a foreign jail، daily mail reported.

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. 


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.

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. 

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. 

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