When one thinks of a prison, the general impression is of a place people are sent to be punished. It's not a place you want to enter willingly. The Chiang Mai Women's Correctional Institution in the city centre, on the other hand, takes a different approach. Their goal is to reform and rehabilitate their inmates. They have achieved an excellent rate of success. Most of the residents are serving light sentences for minor crimes, such as drug convictions. They come from poor backgrounds, with many being hilltribe women.
In the Chiang Mai Women's Correctional Institution, the inmates have an opportunity to receive or complete an education. Undergraduate university courses are also available. For others, vocational training is offered in skills such as baking, cooking, embroidery, gardening, hairdressing, massage, sewing, and wood carving. They can even learn English to be able to secure tourism-related jobs afterwards. To put these skills into practice and help fund operations, the institution supplies local businesses with products produced by the inmates. On site, there is also a garden cafe and shop open to the general public. You can even get a traditional Thai massage. (Brian K. Smith photo.)
So if you are interested in a unique experience that will help support the rehabilitation of underprivileged women, stop by for a massage or visit the cafe and shop:
Chiang Mai Women's Correctional Institution
100 Rachawithee Road
Tel: +66 (053) 706 1041
Open daily from 8:00am - 4:30pm
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