Slick urban-style hostel
Taking a page out of modern Bangkok’s playbook, the Stockhome is a sleek and artsy hostel set in a converted shophouse at a central Naresuan Road location, about halfway between Soi Farang and the Historical Park.
Cool backpackers who might be up for making some friends will be well served here.
The air-conditioned hangout space and reception area on the ground floor feels like a modern art gallery with tasteful framed photos spread over brick walls painted white. This is the first of several common areas sporting many more artistic flourishes along with maps, book exchanges, shared computers, sofas, long wooden tables, private nooks, hammocks and musical instruments. Entire floors were taken out and replaced by catwalk-style lofts punctuated by wall-size windows. Reached by stairs, one 12-bed air-con dorm and two six-bed editions -- one of them for women only -- are also smartly designed. Though bunks are stacked close together, plywood boards (we’ll give that a pass as “industrial-chic”) separate the bunks and provide an exceptional amount of privacy, especially when you pull the black-and-white checkered curtain closed on the one open side. Throw in a personal reading lamp, outlet and locker, and you’re free to encapsulate yourself with a book or movie. Ample shared bathrooms come with basin sinks and modern facilities.
Stockhome also offers a few private rooms with one double or two twin beds, TVs, full-length mirrors, compelling art and wet bathrooms with more black-and-white checkers. Young English-speaking staffers struck us as the funky types who you might see in Bangkok’s hipster bars. Reserve ahead of time to ensure you can stay.
If you’re after a cheaper dorm, you could head down to Ayutthaya Guesthouse or December House, or settle on the rundown old Ayutthaya Youth Hostel on Rochana Road. There’s also the newer 1301 Hostel in a not-so-convenient location on the far north side of the island.
Address: 6/15 Naresuan Rd, Ayutthaya
T: (092) 835 0035 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º34'23.71" E, 14º21'31.22" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
249 baht for six-bed mixed; 269 for six-bed women-only.
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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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