Jun 21 2013
Here on Travelfish we’ve written about Bangkok’s Loy La Long before. Our man in Bangkok David Luekens waxed so lyrical about it — declaring it “his dream hotel” — that I just had to try it for myself. So on a recent trip through Bangkok I treated myself to two nights (must be thorough!) at this hard-to-find, stunning place. My stay left me with only one real correction to David’s first review — Loy La Long is my dream hotel — not his!
Set in a wooden house that sits over the Chao Phraya River, you’ll find Loy La Long within the grounds of Wat Pathum Khongka in Chinatown. Yes, you read that right, this is a wooden guesthouse within a temple over Thailand’s Chao Phraya River in Chinatown. The rooms are scattered across the two floors, all are different, some big, some small, some with private decks (and hammocks) some without. I had a night in the sumptuous “black” double room downstairs followed by a night in the upstairs “orange” single room, and both were memorable in their own way.
Loy La Long is most definitely a hideaway for lovers. The black room in particular had me never wanting to leave (and I was travelling by myself!) — laying on the bed listening to the Chao Phraya wash and swirl literally less than a metre below the bed linen, while all the time enjoying spectacular views across the river.
A stay at Loy La Long involves swapping the convenience of Bangkok’s mainstream attractions for the back alleys of Chinatown, but the latter have their own distinct appeal — the street eating around here is great and the excellent Samsara riverside restaurant is just upriver (five minutes on foot). If you need to get into the rest of the city, both Hualamphong train station and MRT are 15 minutes away on foot.
Loy La Long is certainly priced higher than what I’d normally be spending, but if you’re looking for a splurge for your last night (or week!) in Bangkok, I couldn’t recommend a stay here highly enough. Rates start at 2,100 baht and run up to 4,000 baht depending on the room. I paid 2,100 baht for the orange room and 3,200 baht for the black, booked directly through the property. Loy La Long is also listed on Agoda.com where it enjoys extremely positive reviews. Reservations, especially in high season, are close to essential and I’d advise making them as soon as you have your dates locked in.
That’s enough from me — I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Loy La Long Hotel
1620/2 Song Wat Road (inside Wat Pathum Khongka), Bangkok
T: (026) 391 390 / (089) 133 1131
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