Some excellent options
A bunch of quality flashpacker options and even a true luxury resort have joined Ayutthaya’s long-running stable of budget guesthouses in recent years, resulting in terrific value across the board. Booking sites list more than 70 places to stay, which doesn’t include the many cheap guesthouses relying on the walk-in trade. Need some direction? Check out our top picks right here for where to stay in Ayutthaya.
This shoestring budget range no longer exists in many destinations but Ayutthaya still takes care of backpackers after the cheapest of the cheap. You could take a 140-baht fan dorm at the shaggy Ayutthaya Guesthouse, though you’ll have a comfier night in one of the Stockhome Hostel‘s slick air-con dorms for 250 baht. If you’re after a basic but reasonable private room with fan, Good Luck Guesthouse gets it done for just 150 to 250 baht.
Our top pick in the backpacker range is still Baan Lotus thanks to the charming rooms, lotus pond chill space and, most of all, an owner who has to be one of the sweetest people in Ayutthaya. The similarly laidback and long-running Chanthana House also deserves a mention for its clean and spacious rooms set in an old house. Like many of Ayutthaya’s budget guesthouses, both of these cannot be found on booking sites.
Towards the higher end of this range, we dug the helpful staff, colourful design and solid air-con rooms for 590 baht at Good Morning by Tamarind, a spinoff of the slightly more expensive Tamarind Guesthouse. Next to the train station ferry along the Prasak River, Baan Are Gong Homestay‘s classy 500-baht rooms are probably your best bet for kicking back with a river view on the cheap.
A considerable number of newish places to stay mean that you’re now spoiled for choice in the flashpacker range. Towards the lower end, Tamarind Guesthouse quoted us just 650 baht for a gorgeous room within 100 metres of Wat Mahathat. If you’re looking to stay as close to the ruins as possible, The Park Ayutthaya is located within the Historical Park and offers terrific rooms and great vibes for 900 to 1,200 baht.
If you don’t mind a more out-of-the-way location, Baan Tebpitak boasts spacious, well-equipped rooms and a sizeable swimming pool for less than 1,000 baht. Along the riverfront, you can expect helpful service and a relaxing setting at Athithara Homestay‘s traditional Thai wood house overlooking the Chao Phraya, with a few different room types fetching 800 to 1,800 baht.
Options get thin as you move further up the price scale, but the 2013 opening of the riverside Sala Ayutthaya means that luxury travellers have one very good option. The stunning design includes white marble plunge pools, a sophisticated riverside restaurant and stylish rooms with jacuzzi tubs starting at around 4,000 baht. For a cheaper but still upscale experience, the neighbouring Iudia on the River is also worth considering.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 25th May, 2016.
The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.