Sukhothai’s original boutique resort, Lotus Village remains a terrific choice with an interesting location. Look no further if you seek peace and quiet, relaxation and maybe even a detox programme.
With lotus ponds and bushy tropical flowers lining teak bungalows on both sides of a sandy lane, approaching the property does feel a bit like entering a traditional Thai village. Greenery blankets the grounds, providing plenty of private places for sitting down with a book or your thoughts.
Superior fan and air-con rooms are set in a two-floor building and come with cool tile floors, fridges with minibars and gorgeous cotton bedspreads placed over good-quality soft beds on wood frames. Ceiling fans, TVs, spacious hot-water bathrooms, tables, daybeds, large windows and private terraces come standard. Smaller freestanding bungalows go for the same price but don’t have fridges. All rooms are well kept and WiFi is free.
If you can afford to spend a bit more cash, we highly recommend the “lotus bungalows” with intricate wood carvings on the doors and fretted teak walls backing spacious terraces with daybeds overlooking ceramic fountains and lotus ponds. These bag you loads of space, glossy teak floors, a bunch of windows with soft white curtains, Thai-style floor cushions and traditional Thai art. It all combines to capture the elegance of Sukhothai.
The Thai/French-owned mini-resort also operates a spa while offering good-value detox programmes. The spacious lobby and dining area doubles as a library and art gallery with an impressive collection of antique furniture, statuary and ceramics. Offering real coffee and fresh-squeezed juices, the included breakfasts are served in a spacious dining area overlooking a garden. Every time we’ve visited the staffers have been polite, welcoming and helpful.
While some might be hesitant about the location on the east side of the Yom River, we find it far more charming than the ugly strip where most of New Sukhothai’s guesthouses are located. The narrow riverside lane ambles past attractive wood houses, a couple of century-old temples and a colourful day market.
The night market and Saturday night walking street are both a five-minute walk to the south and, when you’re ready to hit the historical park, it’s only a 10-minute stroll across the bridge to where the songthaews park. Lotus Village also provides bicycles and maps to help you explore.
The rates that we’ve been quoted as walk-ins and seen on booking sites are a bit lower than what’s listed on the resort’s website. As a solo traveller we were also offered 200 baht off the usual double room rate. Below we’ve listed the walk-in rates that we most recently gathered under “low” and the listed rates under “high.” Expect to pay the listed rates in peak season around December.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 15th June, 2016.