Lonely Planet Writer

Lockup holiday style: spend a night behind bars in Bangkok’s new prison-themed hostel

Forget ultra-luxurious accommodation, a new hostel in Thailand has been attracting serious attention and delighting guests due to the unique theme and design that sees them spending a night in a room modelled on a prison cell.

Sook Station Prison hostel in Bangkok Thailand
Guests stay in prison-style bunkbeds in “cells”. Image by Sook Station

Opened earlier this summer, Sook Station is located in Udom Suk in the district of Bang Na in Bangkok, just downriver from the city centre. Guests can choose from a package that includes an eight-foot, two-person room with prison style bunk beds and a shared bathroom for 1080 Baht (approximately $30) or a four-person family room with a Queen bed, one bunk bed and private bathroom for 2000 Baht ($60).

The bathrooms of Sook Station prison style hotel in Bangkok
The hostel features both shared and private bathrooms, depending on room type. Image by Sook Station

Meaning “happiness station” in Thai, the hostel features free Wi-Fi and parking for “inmates”, as well as an on-site restaurant, while certain rooms come with a balcony or patio. “Most of the guests like it because it is unique and comfortable. The idea for creating the hostel came from my favourite movie, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. I wanted to follow my dreams and created it,” Sook Station’s owner Na told Lonely Planet Travel News.

Bangkok prison hostel terrace sook station
The hostel’s rooftop terrace features an outdoor jacuzzi. Image by Sook Station

Upon checking in, visitors receive a mugshot, as well as black and white prison style pyjamas in order to get into an authentic mood. In place of a room key, guests receive an inmate number and are given a criminal record as a memento. The hostel does however include some comforts that aren’t commonly found in prison, such as an outdoor Jacuzzi, a relaxation lounge and an office space. The upper terrace also features atmospheric fairy lights and a lawn for events and parties at the space.

Sook Station prison hostel in bangkok
Guests receive a prison number and mugshot upon checking in. Image by Sook Station

The popular Emporium Shopping Mall is located close to the hostel, while Suvarnabhumi Airport is 15 kilometres away.

More information on visiting Sook Station is available on the official website.