The other day I had the chance to visit Bangkok’s first Virtual Experience Cafe VR 1 Thonglor while also taking one of my Uni classes on a field trip there. Here’s a short recap: Lots. Of. Fun. Want more? Ok, read below!
What is VR 1 Thonglor?
VR 1 Thonglor is a “Virtual Experience Cafe”. What does that mean though? It’s a place where you can play VR games as well has hang out, chill, have some food, drink some coffee, relax with friends or even play some board games. It’s more or less your cool childhood friend who used to live in this awesome house and who got all the cool stuff to play with.
How’s the atmosphere at VR1?
As mentioned above it’s a pretty chill place which means it doesn’t feel like gaming center at a shopping mall but rather like a cool place where one enjoys to spend time at. The common area on the balcony is nice, so is the bar inside and so are the gaming rooms themselves. They all have a cool VR themed vibe to them even before you dive into your other reality. Adding to that is the really helpful and friendly staff who also seems to enjoy working there and you got a pretty cool atmosphere that lets time fly pretty fast.
Is VR only for kids / teenagers?
Ha. Hell no. While some of my colleagues asked me ‘how old are you’ when I told them that I enjoy playing VR games as well, it certainly isn’t only for kids or teenagers. That’s probably a big group of the target audience, however you can definitely also have lots of fun with VR games when you’re older. It’s even a good way to do team building, face your fears or simply have different kind of date. If you can’t afford to go on a real diving holiday, you can at least do it in VR ;-)
What are the prices?
It’s a not that cheap but compared to what you get, I’d say it’s worth it. I wouldn’t do it every day (well, I would if I would have that stuff at home, so it’s probably good I don’t) but once in a while it’s certainly fun and worth the expenses. I don’t have the price list handy at the moment but I believe it was around 700 THB – will update as soon as I got the prices here.
Where is VR1 – Thonglor?
Well if you’re from Bangkok, you know the Thonglor district. As the name suggests, it’s right there. The exact address for your navigation system is: 154 Aneckvanich Building Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, Thailand.
If you’re coming by public transport you can take the BTS to “Thonglor” and then either walk 15 minutes or take a motorcycle taxi or one of those cool (or scary) songtheaw’s (mini busses) down the road and get out once you see the Tops / Burger King signs right opposite the “Baan Lao” restaurant which is pretty easy to spot.
Once there, look up as VR1 is on the second floor of the building!
Here a few exclusive insights from our trip to VR1
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