5 boutique hotels in Ayutthaya for your next road trip

When was the last time you took a road trip?

As we always try to stay safe but also maintain our mental stability (and satisfy that urge to travel), we are constantly looking for ways to change our weekends. We tried the staycations. We have been to Samui four weekends in a row. We know that Hua Hin and Cha-Am are nice. But we are running out of ideas.

Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at home.

One hour from Bangkok, Ayutthaya presents itself as an ideal destination for a road trip. You don’t have to stay very long, you can enjoy these huge local river shrimp, and you can even find time to merit in the beautiful ancient capital. Formerly very touristy, this is a nice time to go, as the temples and ruins are free of crowds, and the local community would really appreciate the support.

Ayutthaya has a lot of charms to offer and is perfect for an overnight getaway. Here are our favorite boutique hotels to discover during your stay.

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Baan Pomphet

This one is probably our favorite at the moment, and if you’re looking to stay, be sure to book early. Comprised of just 8 rooms, Baan Pomphet is a marvel of modern Thai architecture, located on the riverside with panoramic views of Pomphet Fortress. Between red bricks and a vast swimming pool, it is an ideal place to relax amidst ancient ruins facing modern design.

Baan Pomphet, 13/5 U Thong Rd., Ayutthaya, +66 35 242 242.

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Sala Ayuthaya

If you are already a fan of the Sala Hospitality brand, you will also subscribe to it. Sala Ayutthaya is located on the river in front of the Phutthaisawan temple for a dream view from almost any room. The room types actually offer some variety, from split level rooms to even pool suites. We love the outdoor riverside patio, as well as the on-site art gallery which features visiting local artists.

Sala Ayutthaya, 9/2 Moo 4, U-Thong Rd., Ayutthaya, +66 35 242 588.

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iuDia

More in the style of a contemporary Bed & Breakfast, iuDia has a warm atmosphere, facing Ayutthaya World Heritage Park from afar, overlooking the river on the other side. Between intimate courtyards and a large outdoor swimming pool, this is a charming getaway that combines history and modern comfort. Occasionally, guests may also participate in cultural activities and programs, whether it’s Buddhist meditation, yoga, or a class in traditional Thai music.

iuDia, 11-12 U-Thong Rd., Moo 4, Pratuchai, Ayutthaya, +66 8 6080 1888.

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Baan Tye Wang

This cozy guesthouse is the kind to welcome you and instantly invite you to relax. Located on the edge of a canal, Baan Tye Wang is surrounded by lots of greenery for a little private getaway. It’s often the dreamy backdrop for weddings, and between the charming wood finishes and the large garden, it’s not hard to see why.

Baan Tye Wang, 223/18 Pratu Chai, Rong Sura, Ayutthaya, +66 88 695 7320.

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Well-being destination Thann

Change up your wellness weekends and head to Ayutthaya for your next holistic adventure. Thann Wellness Destination is located by the Noi River and in the middle of rice fields, inviting you to truly disconnect and lose yourself in nature. Resort guests can opt for all-inclusive spa packages while staying here, which bundle accommodations, resort wear, healthy meals, spa treatments, and wellness programs. The rooms are also quite interesting on their own, whether you opt for a Classic Suite, a Treehouse (yes) or a Pool Villa (ranging from 64m² to 213m²). Bring tranquility, Ayutthaya style.

Well-being destination Thann, 1 Moo 5, Krachaeng Bangsai, Ayutthaya, +66 35 910 910.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on January 28, 2021.

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