Our review of Baan Thai House in Ayutthaya in Thailand.
Name: Baan Thai House, Ayutthaya, Thailand.
Date of Stay: 12th December – 18th December, 2013 6 nights
Booked through: Direct
Why we went there?
We travelled to Ayutthaya as part of our journey north from Bangkok to Chiang Mai for Christmas. Ayutthaya is an hour’s train journey out of Bangkok. We had heard there were some interesting sights to visit which included the Floating Market, the Night Market and several archaeological sites. It is also the capital city of the province of Ayutthaya which was founded in 1350.
Why we chose it?
Baan Thai House had great reviews on Trip Advisor and Booking.com. We booked direct because on booking.com it was showing limited vacancies. They had a garden villa available with ensuite and when enquiring again they were able to offer us a deluxe villa overlooking the lake. Breakfast was included as well as free Wi-Fi. A swimming pool was available for guests as well as a Spa offering massages.
What was it like?
Ayutthaya is an amazing 1.5 hour train journey out of Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station costing $US1 per person if you travel 3rd class. From there it was a 5 minute Tuk Tuk ride to the accommodation. With hindsight we could have walked from the train station to Baan Thai as it was just across the track and a short street walk to the property.
Baan Thai House is like a tropical oasis with traditional Thai houses located around the small lake. Our garden villa was well constructed, with a large bedroom and bathroom and tastefully decorated. TV, fridge and coffee making facilities were provided in the rooms. The whole complex was well maintained, very clean and well managed by the two hands on owners. It was a great place to chill.
We decided to extend and were offered a unique experience staying in a 100 year old traditional Thai house near the pool area where we had a double room, small courtyard, small undercover area and a bathroom/shower that was half in the open. It had loads of character and it was a lovely option after the nights spent in the garden and then the deluxe villa overlooking the lake.
We ate most nights in the hotel as the food was of high quality and a good price. Breakfast was a choice of 3 options – eggs, Asian or continental with tea and coffee and fruit.
The hotel also provided tours e.g. 3 hour boat ride viewing temples and the night market, full day or half day city tours.
What was around it?
There is a shortcut to the railway station about a 5 minute walk away. Taking this shortcut brought you into the main town where there are many restaurants, bars, banks, ATMs, supermarkets, mini markets and access to transport via train or bus. We walked to the Floating Market which took us about 10 minutes. Through the hotel we booked a 3 hour afternoon tour visiting temples and finishing at the Night Market for dinner. We also hired a Tuk Tuk for 3 hours at 200 baht per hour to take us around to the many archaeological sites which are quite difficult to get to by walking.
Would we return?
Yes. Definitely to chill and enjoy the ambience and visit the surrounding areas.
Cost? THB 2400/AUD 87 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
The Wifi worked well in the reception and restaurant area, weaker in the villas.
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