You won’t want to leave
20 Pamaprao Rd, Ayutthaya T: (09) 531 1680, (035) 251 988
Stepping onto the grounds of Baan Lotus is like being swept off to a country homestay despite the fact that Soi Farang is just around the corner.
Cats snooze in the shade of broad tamarind trees. Old gardening equipment leans against a shed in the spacious lawn. Travellers read in pavilions and hammocks spread over a walkway raised above a pond filled with fountains and lotuses.
The elderly owner of Baan Lotus was as sweet and talkative as ever at research time; we couldn’t resist sitting to hear about her younger days spent exploring North America. Her place has long been a favourite of backpackers, but we couldn’t help thinking that it would make a terrific upscale B&B should she ever decide to retire, so get here while you can. Spread over two floors in the large house and accessed by at least a few stairs, rooms come in a few different sizes with choice of shared or private hot-water bathroom. They’re all clean and simple, yet charming, with firm beds, high ceilings, hardwood everything and several windows. The fan room that we checked out had a moveable fan in addition to the old ceiling fan. For no apparent reason, we were offered 100 baht off a fan room with private bathroom. Even at the full rates, Baan Lotus offers some of the best backpacker value in Ayutthaya.
In addition to the lotus pond chill space, you can sit and chat with the owner over a simple Thai rice plate or breakfast in a small restaurant area next to the reception desk. Baan Lotus also offers free WiFi along with the full range of transport and tour bookings, and you can rest assured that the service is honest. Regular pushbikes and mountain bikes are also available.
To get here, walk to the far northern end of Soi Farang, take a left on Maprao Road and you’ll see the entrance up on the left. If Baan Lotus is full, as it often is, the nearby Chanthana House is worthy alternative.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 27th February, 2016.