In Ranong, Thailand, a town just in the south border between Thailand and Myanmar, frequented by many backpackers seeking to make a visa-run or just access to one of the nearby islands of Ko Chang or Ko Phayam. We found this curious Bar-Restaurant build with a shipping container.
The restaurant itself is only configured with a 40′ shipping container, this container retains its original form, the only noticeable external change is that the side has been cut away to show the interior of the container, the resulting metal plate has been used to make an awning in front of it. in all of the access to the container has been placed sliding glass doors.
The function of the container itself is to house the kitchen and some tables and chairs refugees inside, when the time to close the bar comes, this enclosed space inside is used to store part of the outdoor furniture. Considering the size of the container, the bar itself is very small, but outside there is a covered terrace with a metal roof that has all the needed space, nicely furnished and equipped.
The Thai soft clima helps building using these containers, the shipping container inside is not insulated, it has simply been coated using DM panels, and protected from the sun and rain with the metal roof that I said before.
For the construction of this bar many other curious and special items besides the container have been used, for example we can find that many of the outdoor tables are made with recycled wooden coils, we can also find a restored scooter used to decorate. It’s a modern bar so none of these objects are out of tune, it gives a unique feel and is very connected with the young atmosphere that frequents this bar.
Anyone would think that the use of a shipping container to create a pub could make this a lowcost place, the surprise is that this is actually the trendiest place in Ranong and has the higher prices that you can find there.