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Klong Prem Central prison is a high-security prison in Bangkokmarker, Thailandmarker. The prison has several separate sections. The greater complex houses up to 20,000 inmates. Within the complex perimeter are the Women's Central Prison (often referred to as "Lard Yao" or "Lard Yao women's prison"), the Central Correction Institution for Drug Addicts (Bambat Phiset), Bangkok Special Prison, and Central Correctional Hospital. Bambat Phiset Prison caters specifically for drug addicts. Visiting rules and times vary and international visitors have some special privleges.

The Lard Yao men's section takes custody of male offenders whose sentence term is not over 25 years. As of 2002 the men's section holds 1,158 foreigners out of a total of 7,218 prisoners from 56 countries.


Klong Prem Central prison was originally a temporary prison established in 1944 in the Lard Yao district as a consequence of demands during World War Two when Thailand was at war with Britain and the United States. In 1959 it was used as a vocational training centre for those, in the words of the Thai corrections department, “who act and behave as gangsters".

In 1960 the old Klong Prem prison on Maha Chai Road (now the Bangkok Corrections Museum) had become especially overcrowded so all prisoners were transferred to the vocational training centre site. The Interior Ministry established a temporary prison within the new compound by dividing one part into a vocational training centre and the other part into the Lard Yao temporary central prison.

In 1972 the Interior Ministry issued orders establishing the prison on Maha Chai Road as the "Bangkok Remand Prison" and the prison in the Lard Yao subdistrict was designated the "Klong Prem Central Prison".

Prison World Cup

With the large amount of foreign nationals at Klong Prem, the prison is able to hold a soccer World Cup. Teams of 10 are chosen by prison staff to represent Nigeria, Japan, the U.S., Italy, France, England, Germany and Thailand. Games comprise two 20-minute halves on an approximately half-sized pitch. The winners are given a copy of the real World Cup trophy made of wood in the prison workshop.

Notable prisoners

Foreign prisoners

Foreign prisoners are concentrated in building 2, and those prisoners may have contact visits for several days providing visitors can demonstrate they have travelled from another country.

  • David McMillan - Arrested for drug charges he successfully escaped from the prison in August 1996.
  • Sandra Gregory - United Kingdom woman who was imprisoned in Thailand for drug smuggling after being caught trying to smuggle heroin and temazepam out of Bangkok's Don Muang Airport. The King of Thailand granted Gregory a Royal Pardon and she was released on June 18 2001.
  • Nola Blake - Nola Blake is an Australian woman who in 1987 was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand for drug trafficking. Blake received a Royal Pardon and was released in March 1998 having spent 11 years and two months in prison. She returned home 24 March 1998.
  • Holly Deane-Johns - Australian woman convicted in Thailand of attempting to post a parcel of 11 grams heroin back to Australia. On 7 December 2007, Deane-Johns arrived back in Australia where she was transferred to Bandyup Women's Prisonmarker. She is expected to serve another five years of her sentence there before being considered for parole.
  • Harry Nicolaides - Harry Nicolaides is an Australian writer of Greek-Cypriot origin imprisoned in Thailand under the Thai Lèse majesté law, for a passage in a 2005 novel of his deemed to defame the Thai monarchy. On January 19, 2009 he was sentenced to three years in prison. He was pardoned on February 21, after having spent six months in a Thai prison.
  • Paul Hayward - Paul Hayward was an Australian man who was convicted in Thailand, alongside Warren Fellows and William Sinclair, for attempting to export 8.5 kilograms of heroin to Australia. After being transferred back to Lard Yao he was released on April 7, 1989, after being granted a royal pardon.
  • Colin Martin - Colin Martin is an Irish citizen from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, who was imprisoned in Thai prisons for the crime of murder. He was released from the Lard Yao prison near Bangkok on 18 January 2005 and was deported from Thailand shortly after that date.
  • Viktor Bout - Arrested in March, 2008, by a Thai and DEA US joint task force for allegedly conspiring to supply the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
  • Andrew Hood (some reports say "Hoods") - Arrested in departure hall of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumimarker International airport on 17 December 2008 and charged with trafficking heroin. On August 5, 2009 he was sentenced to life imprisonment for drug trafficking. He avoided the death penalty by confessing to the crime.

Visiting Klong Prem

Klong Prem Central Prison allows the family of inmates to visit prisoners. Different days are allocated to certain cell blocks. Weekend visits are typically prohibited. Additional privileges (e.g., phones, longer visits) when visiting foreign prisoners can sometimes be attained with a letter from the appropriate embassy.

Food for prisoners can be purchased at the commissary. Fill out a form listing the items you would like to purchase and the prisoner's name. After paying for the items, they are generally delivered that evening or in some cases the next day.


The prison's address is:

Klong Prem Prison

33/2 Ngamwongwan Road


Lardyao jaruyukBangkokmarker 10900


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