The 5 most unusual places to sleep in Bangkok

1) Sook Station

At this novel hostel, you're given convict pyjamas, and your inmate number serves in place of a key. Your room also has iron bars, as this Shawshank Redemption-inspired place really does resemble a prison. Don't sweat it too much though, there is a hot tub on the roof should you need to escape.

interior of Sook station prison hotel

45-49 Sukhumvit Soi 101/2, Eastern Bangkok

+66 (0)86 332 0555

http://www.sookstation.com

2) Phranakorn-Nornlen

Super funky boutique guesthouse with rooms turned by the artist owner into colourful, almost psychedelic experiences, with large vibrant wall murals. Her paintings also adorn all the hallways, and the large open space downstairs has recreated a traditional Thai community, and oozes plenty of charm.

interior of Phranakorn-Nornlen hotel

3) Shangai Mansion

Located right in the heart of Chinatown, Shanghai Mansion looks like something right out of 1930s Shanghai. The design is Chinese Art Deco, and rooms are filled with warm colours, old photographs, and giant claw tubs. There’s also a vintage jazz bar upstairs, accessed via an iron spiral staircase.

hall of Shangai Mansion

479-481 Yaowarat Road, Chinatown

+66 (0)2 221 2121

http://www.shanghaimansion.com

4) Praya Palazzo

This unique hotel is a former Italian mansion that has become a hidden boutique property. You can only get here by boat, although the hotel does have its own private ferry for guests and gives everyone a cell phone to use. Rooms feature Italian antiques and wooden floors, and there are only 17 rooms. Kids under 12 are not allowed.

exterior of Praya Palazzo

757/1 Somdej Prapinklao Soi 2, Thonburi

+66 (0)2 883 2998

http://www.prayapalazzo.com

5) Bangkok Treehouse

Bangkok Treehouse is one of a kind. The eco-friendly boutique hotel sits on a bicycle path in Bang Krachao, the green ‘lungs’ of the city, located across the Chao Phraya River. You can come here by boat or cycle in. Try the ‘View With a Room’ which features a bed with mosquito netting out on an open bamboo deck.

upper terrace at Bangkok Treehouse

60 Moo 1, Petch Cha Hueng Road, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakarn

+66 (0)82 995 1150

http://www.bangkoktreehouse.com

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