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Inside Chiang Mai Women’s Prison

January 25, 2013 - James Austin Farrell

The old Chiang Mai women’s prison will soon be torn down. The prisoners have already been transferred to the men’s prison, while the men have gone to a new prison in Mae Rim. We were allowed a look inside before the place was demolished. It might not look like much, but the Women’s Prison was supposed to be one of the best places to do time in Thailand. 

All photos by Phumipat (Oat) Jiarajetchai.

Welcome inside…

A glimmer of hope

Essential reading, or looking, for lonely women


Room 7/1, cell for a number of women

The bathroom

Bunk beds?

The cell on the inside

The cell on the outside


Post Boxes


Literally, ‘danger Zone’ – I’m not sure why

In Honour of His Majesty

Light at the end of the tunnel

The things left behind

The toilets, hardly hidden, are often shared by up to 50 people in a cell depending on the prison

I can’t find any records of break-outs from this prison

A reflection

‘Area 2 – The Warm House’, a place to cure and heal prisoners, for mental and physical therapy’

It would would so much more grim under say a British slate sky

The place was a bit of a mess when we arrived

On our way out

It’s not all bleak…