The concept of capsule hotel originated in Asia with the aim of saving space while providing budget travellers with a comfortable bed and the basic amenities needed on a night away from home. As the Japanese idea was adopted by hoteliers and hospitality chains from other Asian countries and eventually arrived to the rest of the world, backpackers found a perfect opportunity to save money and, at the same time, immerse themselves in the Asian lifestyle by choosing this kind of accommodation.
The sleeping pods or capsule rooms allow for greater privacy and suit the preferences of those who do not need too much space to feel at ease; in fact, budget travellers like to have their own personal retreat inside the capsule before going to sleep, maybe planning for the next day of exploring a new city or browsing the internet. Paradoxically, though, capsule hotels and hostels also encourage socialising and meeting people, since they normally feature shared lockers, showers and dining facilities, where you probably will end up starting a conversation with other guests.
Capsule hotels in Thailand
Capsule accommodation in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya in Thailand has clearly been inspired by the sleeping pods in Japan, offering the same budget rooms that can be individual or double and entitle guests to use shared toilets and shower facilities. These capsules have been conceived for those capable of doing without any luxury or extra space as long as they can pay a low nightly rate, as well as for travellers who would rather stay in a small cosy unit than in an ample room. If you are planning a tour around Asia, have a look at our recommendations below to see if they fit into your itinerary.
Capsule hotel in Phuket, Thailand
If you want to sleep in a capsule in Phuket, the Capsule and Hidden Pool Bar Hotel may be the ideal choice for you, not to mention that it has many value-added features to enhance your stay in Thailand as a backpacker. For instance, this centrally-located establishment provides airport transfers for a small surcharge, free WiFi in the communal areas, laundry services for a fee, a swimming pool, barbeque amenities, personal lockers and daily breakfast served onsite. However, what makes guests love this place is its location encircled by local bars, cafés and convenience stores and, as could not be otherwise, its cosy sleeping cabins of individual or double capacity as well as its comfortable beds in shared dormitories.
Sleeping pods in Pattaya, Thailand
The Hi Capsule hotel in Pattaya lies within short walking distance of the Hard Rock Cafe in an area particularly recommended to travellers who enjoy shopping, seafood and the beach life. The reception staff will gladly give guidance on where to go, how to get there and what to do while visiting Pattaya, and will help you enrol on a diversity of activities and water sports available in the vicinity. The accommodation offers individual and double air-conditioned pods with complimentary WiFi, and shower facilities where you will also get free amenities such as shampoo, gel and towels.
Boxtel capsule hotel in Suvarnabhumi International airport (Bangkok)
When departing Bangkok and in case you have a long layover or many hours to go until you have to board the plane, you are advised to book one of these sleeping pods in Suvarnabhumi airport to take a nap before your next flight. You will find them next to the rail link station on the B floor. The greatest advantage of choosing this capsule hotel in Bangkok airport is that you can save money by making a reservation for four hours only. Besides, you will get free WiFi, complimentary water and the chance to have your last meal in Thailand at their onsite restaurant or from their convenience store.
Capsule hostel in Bangkok, Thailand
The 3Howw hostel Khaosan boasts an ideal location in a region of Thailand that is popular for its beaches and nightlife, just a stroll away from Khao San Road and really close to the Grand Palace. Guests enjoy daily continental breakfast at no extra charge, free WiFi, a communal zone where they can store food, cook meals and even use the fridge, lockers and shared bathrooms. Besides, it is not only is ideally located in an area full of restaurants and local bars, but also offers solo travellers the possibility to choose from pods or individual bunk beds in either female-only or mixed dormitories.