The Soi Farang backpacker strip, or Naresuan Soi 1, is the place for travellers looking to meet, mix and party. Sound systems thump late into the night at the heart of the strip, but a couple of our favourite spots towards the north end stay reasonably quiet -- we even saw families staying at Chanthana House and Baan Lotus. If you seek the best selection of flashpacker-range options plus some good, quiet budget choices, head west up Naresuan Road to the area stretching between Soi Farang and the Historical Park. Some guesthouses, like Good Morning by Tamarind, are strategically situated roughly in the middle. Others, like The Park Ayutthaya, are practically on top of the ruins. An increasing number of places to stay are found along the riverfront, mostly towards the east of the island along the Prasak River and to the southwest along the Chao Phraya. These seem inconvenient at first glance, but the ruins aren't too far if going by bicycle. If looking to relax, head to the riverfront or go further afield to a traditional Thai homestay in Ban Lan Khe.
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Also known as Naresuan Soi 1 and Pamaprao Soi 5, depending on which road you approach from, Soi Farang has long been Ayutthaya’s budget traveller strip. The name translates as “Foreigner Street” -- look elsewhere if you prefer a local vibe.
While it doesn’t reach even close to the party atmosphere of Khao San Road, you will find similar traveller-oriented bars and restaurants. The historical park is within fairly easy bicycling distance and loads of traveller services are at your fingertips. When you do feel like hanging around the locals, simply walk across Naresuan Road to the bustling Chao Phrom Market.
Some of our favourite places to stay are found along Naresuan Road and nearby streets, between the Historical Park and the Chao Phrom Market area. New flashpacker-range guesthouses and glossy cafes pop up frequently around here. All of these spots offer relatively quiet surrounds along with convenient locations.
A whole bunch of riverside resorts and guesthouse-style “homestays” have opened along the Chao Phraya River near the far southwestern corner of the island. You’ll also find some interesting riverside digs on the east coast of the island, and across the Prasak River near the train station. While the locations aren’t the most convenient, these places offer some of the more relaxing settings in Ayutthaya.