Ayutthaya’s backpacker factory
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.
Address: 12/18 Naresuan Road Soi 1, Ayutthaya
T: (035) 252 578; (089) 799 0423;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º34'38.38" E, 14º21'35.57" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||200 baht||200 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||300 baht||300 baht|
|Triple fan private bathroom||400 baht||400 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Plus 250 for TV and in-room WiFi.
|600 baht||600 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Quad air-con private bathroom|
Up to 1,500 for largest room.
|1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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