Thailand tourism arrivals at record high – capsule hotel to open

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Capsule hotelWith more than 29 million tourists arriving in Thailand this year – a new all-time high -, news that the first outspoken capsule hotel is planned for Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport to mainly cater to budget travelers does not come as a surprise.

The hotel in a first stage will have 20 capsules and be situated in the newly opened Terminal 2 of the old airport which has been successfully being remodeled to become Thailand’s hub for budget airlines.

Passenger traffic at Don Mueang in the 12 months to September 30 surged 48 per cent to 28.58 million. The airport is now the busiest low-cost carrier airport in Southeast Asia. which certainly makes a business case for the new capsule hotel that mainly would accommodate travelers who want to stay overnight to wait for early-morning flights.

Airports of Thailand is now calling bids to find an operator for the hotel.

Capsule hotels as a no-frills accommodation concept came up in Japan around four decades ago. They were designed with a large number of extremely small “rooms” (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require the services offered by conventional hotels, who missed the last subway home or have a tight travel budget.

The first capsule hotel to open was the Capsule Inn Osaka in 1979, and the concept since spread across Japan, but this style of hotel has not gained wide popularity outside of Japan, although Western variants known as “pod hotels” or “sleep boxes” have been developed, with larger accommodations and often private baths. They can be found in New York, Moscow, London, Amsterdam, Munich and other destinations, often in airport terminals. In 2012, China opened its first capsule hotel in Xi’an.

While there are no outspoken capsule hotels in Thailand, some hotels offer extra-tiny room for frugal travelers, for example Capsule Hostel Patong in Phuket or My Bed Ratchada in Bangkok which offer sleep bixes for as little as $15 a night.

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With more than 29 million tourists arriving in Thailand this year – a new all-time high -, news that the first outspoken capsule hotel is planned for Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport to mainly cater to budget travelers does not come as a surprise.

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Capsule hotelWith more than 29 million tourists arriving in Thailand this year – a new all-time high -, news that the first outspoken capsule hotel is planned for Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport to mainly cater to budget travelers does not come as a surprise.

The hotel in a first stage will have 20 capsules and be situated in the newly opened Terminal 2 of the old airport which has been successfully being remodeled to become Thailand’s hub for budget airlines.

Passenger traffic at Don Mueang in the 12 months to September 30 surged 48 per cent to 28.58 million. The airport is now the busiest low-cost carrier airport in Southeast Asia. which certainly makes a business case for the new capsule hotel that mainly would accommodate travelers who want to stay overnight to wait for early-morning flights.

Airports of Thailand is now calling bids to find an operator for the hotel.

Capsule hotels as a no-frills accommodation concept came up in Japan around four decades ago. They were designed with a large number of extremely small “rooms” (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require the services offered by conventional hotels, who missed the last subway home or have a tight travel budget.

The first capsule hotel to open was the Capsule Inn Osaka in 1979, and the concept since spread across Japan, but this style of hotel has not gained wide popularity outside of Japan, although Western variants known as “pod hotels” or “sleep boxes” have been developed, with larger accommodations and often private baths. They can be found in New York, Moscow, London, Amsterdam, Munich and other destinations, often in airport terminals. In 2012, China opened its first capsule hotel in Xi’an.

While there are no outspoken capsule hotels in Thailand, some hotels offer extra-tiny room for frugal travelers, for example Capsule Hostel Patong in Phuket or My Bed Ratchada in Bangkok which offer sleep bixes for as little as $15 a night.

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