Surely, it may be a traveller’sworst nightmare.
Instead of traveling to a holiday with pristine white sand beaches, you can spend anugly night waking up in a grimy prison.
But it isn’t true for one hosteller as he perceives a possible market in Thailand’s prison experience. He can even offer free Wi-Fi at hotel in Bangkok, where guests can enjoy maximum usage.
SittichaiChaivorapruginitiated a hostel somewhere down Bangkok whichincludes 9 small dark rooms with bunk beds for those interested to experience a genuine night in jail.
The sliding doors of the Sook Station are designed with thick bars. Two rooms have been available for a solitary confinement along with its peep holes. A barred window is right in front of the street. Only the free Wi-Fi at hotel in Bangkok and its air conditioning can break the fantasy.
“If we create this experience here, then people don’t need to be charged with a crime to experience how it’s like in prison,” says Sittichai, who initiated the hostel about six months ago with his spouse.
Guests can obtain striped pajamas upon checking in and pose at a wall to have their mugshots taken. They can also hook themselves to free Wi-Fi at hotel in Bangkok with unlimited usage.
Sittichai was warned by friends about his concept of the hostel flop, after obtaining his inspiration in the 1994 prison drama “The Shawshank Redemption”, which starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
Many customers have been dismayed by what visitors say an authentic emulation of detention.
According to Sittichai: “There are travellers that have booked on recommendations from friends. But once they are inside the hostel, they instantly change their mind to check out.”.
Noncitizen outstaying their visas, including kids, and refugeeshave also found themselves jailed in Bangkok’s seedy immigration detention centre. A Pakistani man died after spending a year in jail.
Yet the hostel business remain stable, says Sittichai, mostly passed on from word of mouth. Many of its guests, who pay between 790 and 1,630 baht per nightare noncitizen travellers. They can also enjoy free Wi-Fi at hotel in Bangkok, which is one great feature of the hostel.
“When I constructed this hostel, I knew that there were people who will love or hate it.”