Photo: Seated Buddhas at a Wat in Ayutthaya.


The vast majority of visitors to Ayutthaya tend to stay in Ayutthaya proper, though if you're looking for something a bit more local, an out-of-town homestay off one of the surrounding rivers could be a more memorable experience.


Located towards the northeast corner of the island, several backpacker oriented guesthouses are clustered on Naresuan Soi 1, which is a convenient walk to the bus and minibus stops or train station, but about a kilometre from the most popular ruins. Other than Chao Phrom market, the area itself is not particularly interesting. A number of excellent guesthouses are also scattered through town, including a few very close to the ruins. Overall, competititon among guesthouses is stiff in Ayutthaya and great quality rooms can be scored for less than half of what you'll pay in Bangkok.

Ayutthaya's best budget guesthouses
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B

If not satisfied with the accommodation that 150 to 700 baht per night will get you in Bangkok, come on up to Ayutthaya for the ruins, the eclectic food scene and some outstanding but cheap guesthouses. Here’s the lowdown on this historic city’s best budget digs.The chedis of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet — not a guesthouse.First, let’s make it clear that although the majority of budget travellers... Read our full review of Ayutthaya's best budget guesthouses.

Baan Lotus
Backpacker - Under 600B
20 Pa Maphrao Rd, Ayutthaya
T: (035) 251 988

Set back from the road down a dirt track on spacious, grassy grounds with old, lazily drooping trees, Baan Lotus has two attractive wooden buildings with generously sized rooms overlooking a garden to the front and a large pond full of lotus flowers to the rear. The simply furnished rooms in the older building are mostly shared bathroom with hot water shower. The new building has air-con and fan... Read our full review of Baan Lotus.

Tamarind Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
Chikun Rd (just south of the corner of Naresuan Rd), Ayutthaya
T: (081) 655 7937

Tucked at the end of a quiet driveway directly across from Wat Mahathat, Tamarind offers six comfy and tasteful rooms in a restored Thai wood house. With polished hardwood floors and wood panel walls painted mint green and white, both fan and air-con standard rooms offer exceptional value. Rooms are moderately sized and spotless, and each are equipped with comfortable beds, flatscreen TVs and... Read our full review of Tamarind Guest House.

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Ban Bua House 2
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
U-Thong Rd (just west of Khlong Tho Rd), Ayutthaya
T: (035) 243 104

Situated on the southern coast of the island with great views of the Chao Phraya River, Ban Bua 2 is a good choice for those seeking a relaxing and comfortable place to stay that's not too far from the ruins but well away from the backpacker strip. The more expensive rooms are in a building right on the river and these offer very good value; each are spacious and spotless and come with shiny tile... Read our full review of Ban Bua House 2.

iudia on the River
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
11/12 Moo 4, U-Thong Rd, Ayutthaya
T: (086) 080 1888

Located off U-Thong Road to the south of the island, this small and stylish luxury boutique resort is set right on the Chao Phraya River and affords great views of Wat Putthaisawan on the other side. All 13 rooms are different from the next, making this a true boutique, and each are named after prominent foreigners in Ayutthaya's history such as the legendary Hui-Chinese explorer, Zheng He, who... Read our full review of iudia on the River.

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Bann Kun Pra Guest House and Restaurant
Backpacker - Under 600B
48 U-Thong Rd. Ayutthaya
T: (035) 241 978

This riverside guesthouse at the far east of the island is comprised of three traditional Thai teak wooden houses and a newer neighbouring building. The main house by the river is more than a century old and although these rooms are all fan with shared bathroom, the four-poster beds, dark-dwood interiors, stylish period furnishings and upstairs terrace with river views more than make up for it.... Read our full review of Bann Kun Pra Guest House and Restaurant .

Chantana House
Backpacker - Under 600B
12/22 Naresuan Soi 1, Ayutthaya
T: (035) 323 200

Set back from the end of the backpacker strip, Chantana is the one guesthouse on the strip that doesn't feel like it belongs there. That might be a good thing -- there are no noisy bars or pushy tour service desks to speak of here, just a relaxed and quiet two-storey guesthouse surrounded by small gardens and trees. Downstairs rooms are clean, simply furnished and reasonably sized, with comfy... Read our full review of Chantana House.

Grandparent's Home
Backpacker - Under 600B
19/40 Naresuan Rd, Ayutthaya
T: (083) 558 5829

Set in a central location along Naresuan Road within a five-minute walk of Wat Mahathat, the bus and minibus stops, the backpacker strip and the night market, Grandparent's Home offers a cluster of clean, simple and comfortable rooms set back from the road. All rooms are the same -- spotless tile floors, bureaus, cute little tables with chairs, lots of space, free WiFi, TVs, fridges, comfortable... Read our full review of Grandparent's Home .

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P.U. Inn Ubonpon
Backpacker - Under 600B
20/1 Moo 4 off Naresuan Soi 1, Ayutthaya
T: (089) 240 8461

Formerly known simply as P.U. Guesthouse, this place probably wins a prize for the accommodation with the most mixed reviews in Thailand. Our impression remains the same as the last time we checked it out -- rooms are tacky in decor but spacious, clean, comfortable and good value for the money. P.U. also gets points for its location down a side soi off the backpacker strip, so it's close to the... Read our full review of P.U. Inn Ubonpon.

Promtong Mansion
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
23 Pa Thon Soi 19, Pa Thon Rd, Ayutthaya
T: (089) 165 6297

Tucked down a quiet soi behind Sherwood House, Promtong claims to offer backpackers price, 5 star service. That's quite a stretch on either end but Promtong is a good choice for those willing to pay a bit more for a comfortable and quiet room to go with excellent service. Rooms are massive, clean, simply decorated and well equipped with air-con, fridges, flatscreen TVs, safes, desks, sitting... Read our full review of Promtong Mansion.

Tony's Place
Backpacker - Under 600B
12/18 Naresuan Road Soi 1
T: (035) 252 578

Set upstairs from the popular restaurant/bar at the heart of the backpacker strip, a consolidation of several wooden houses at different levels offers something to suit a range of styles and tastes. Well thought-out rooms range from simple fan editions to a mini-condo complete with music system, fridge and stylish lounge. All fan rooms now have private bathrooms while the pricier rooms are quite... Read our full review of Tony's Place.

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Ayutthaya Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
12/34 Naresuan Soi 1, Ayutthaya
T: (035) 232 658

When we last visited the Ayutthaya Guesthouse, the very laidback manager was so engrossed in listening to jazz music that he didn't notice we were standing in front of him for a good two minutes. It's that sort of place -- chilled out, budget, a unique vibe and well-meaning but somewhat indifferent staff. We love the lobby/restaurant with its upright piano, exposed brick walls, random old radios... Read our full review of Ayutthaya Guest House.

Good Luck Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
12/26 Naresuan Soi 1, Ayutthaya
T: (089) 925 1902

Good Luck fronts itself mainly as a travel company that offers boat and tuk tuk tours, motorbike and bicycle rental, bus tickets and so on, but it also has a handful of clean and simple budget rooms on a single floor out back. Spacious, clean and fresh smelling, rooms come with choice of air-con or fan, shared or ensuite hot water bathroom, and each feature nothing more than comfortable beds, a... Read our full review of Good Luck Guesthouse .

The Old Palace Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1/35 Moo 5, Klong Srabua, Ayutthaya
T: (035) 233 062

Eight white painted wooden bungalows nestled under the shade of trees in a graden setting give this place a hideway feel. Well maintained, bright and smart, rooms come with comfy beds, TVs, fridges, ensuite hot water bathrooms, free WiFi and air-con. Each bungalow has polished wooden floors and glass doors leading onto a small balcony. Just around the corner from Wat Na Phra Men, a tad north of... Read our full review of The Old Palace Resort.

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Outside Ayutthaya

A Thai homestay in Ayutthaya
Backpacker - Under 600B

Set along the banks of a lazy river and located just 25km to the west of Ayutthaya, the small rural community of Ban Lan Khe provides the perfect opportunity to experience Thai family life amid a tranquil setting. Whether looking for somewhere to enhance your travel experience, enjoy nature or simply unwind, this could be just the place for you. As the songtheaw pulls away, I'm left at a quiet... Read our full review of A Thai homestay in Ayutthaya.

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