Ayutthaya’s backpacker factory
12/18 Naresuan Road Soi 1, Ayutthaya T: (035) 252 578, (089) 799 0423
The large and long-running Tony’s Place has rebranded itself as a “bed and breakfast” with flashpacker-range accommodation joining the basic old backpacker digs.
It’s worth considering if you like to stay up late and are looking to meet other travellers. Look elsewhere if you’re after a good night’s sleep or prefer a more homely vibe.
A lively restaurant with a bar, coffee shop, tour desk and cloudy swimming pool front a consolidation of wooden structures within view of the street. Stairs take you up to air-con rooms with generic swirly Thai art on walls painted forest green or dark violet. The cheaper of these come with king-size beds and private hot-water wet bathrooms, but nothing else apart from a window. Shell out another 250 baht for a TV and in-room WiFi, or go the whole hog for a spacious deluxe room with two king-size beds and a fridge. Throughout this building, the thin wooden walls mean that you can hear neighbours and the nearby bars loud and clear -- even with earplugs you might have trouble falling asleep before 01:00.
Across the street from the main building, a second, more neglected concrete building has rows of basic fan rooms with choice of shared or private hot-water bathroom. Here we checked out a spartan triple with tile floors, no decor and a huge private balcony overlooking the street. WiFi is free but works only in the restaurant area and the most expensive rooms.
Tony’s kitchen knows how to satisfy the backpacking hordes. While not rude, receptionists could be more welcoming. The full range of tour and transport bookings are available, but we’d pop across the street to Good Luck for friendlier service and, in some cases, better prices. If you want to stay in a well-equipped room on Soi Farang but aren’t into the party vibe at Tony’s, the nearby P.U. Inn is a characterless yet comfortable alternative.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 27th February, 2016.