Ayuthhaya, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, Thailand
At a Glance
A clean and comfortable option in Ayutthaya with lovely contemporary rooms
The restaurant has a deck that looks out over Chao Phraya River and the ornate temples
Despite being simple, it's one of the best hotels in the area and provides a comfortable place to rest after a day exploring
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Despite its close proximity, Ayutthaya does not suffer from the extreme humidity as Bangkok. However it does have the same three seasons - hot, cool and rainy. From March until June Ayutthaya sees high temperatures and humidity levels. While it is not as humid as in Bangkok, temperatures can still feel very uncomfortable. April is the hottest month of the year. November to February are the coolest months with temperatures dropping to a comfortable level. This is one of the best times to visit the city as sightseeing is a lot more enjoyable.
To start planning your vacation to Sala Ayutthaya
Sala Ayutthaya is a simple, stylish and contemporary hotel that is located in the heart of historic Ayutthaya, on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River.
With only 26 rooms, Sala Ayutthaya is a contemporary boutique hotel that sits in an excellent location, within easy access of Ayutthaya's archaeological and historical sites that make the region so special. Protected by UNESCO, Ayutthaya was Thailand's second capital after Sukhothai and was one of the largest towns of its time. What remains are wonderful large towers and monasteries that are testament to the significance of the area back in the 14th century.
Sala Ayutthaya provides the perfect respite after visiting the spectacular sites, with tasteful and comfortable white-washed rooms and a wonderful dining deck overlooking some of the temples and river life. The design of this boutique hotel has been thoroughly thought out, there's even an art gallery in the reception for guests to admire.
With many festivals, cultural activities and adventures to get involved with in Ayutthaya, the hotel can offer an array of different experiences for you to enjoy. After a day's sightseeing, return to bathe in the luxurious pool and unwind at the spa before dinner.
There are 26 rooms in total, these include Superior, Deluxe River View, Deluxe River View Terrace, 1 Bedroom Pool Suite and 1 Bedroom Duplex River Suite. They are simple but tastefully adorned with polished concrete floors, crisp white sheets and modern bathrooms.
Facilities are limited as most guests spend their days exploring the historical sites. There's a great dining area overlooking the temples.
There's plenty to keep guests entertained in Ayutthaya, namely the different temples ruins which once made it Thailand's capital city. Guests can also visit the many markets including the floating Chao Phrom Market. Golfers can visit Bang Sai Country Club for a round or back at the hotel, enjoy the spa and pool facilities.
Lucy Bailey (Staff)
Sala Ayutthaya is in a great location. As well as being close to the historical sites it is also near shops and bars as well as the Islamic area where you can buy delicious brightly colored candy floss!
The rooms are very trendy and modern. If you are on the ground floor they are not the most private as the doors are glass and so you may see other guests walking past if you have the blinds open.
There is a pool although it is more for a quick dip rather than any lounging. The restaurant has a really great buzz and the food is delicious. For dinner it is definitely worth reserving a table on the terrace to soak up the atmosphere and views of the temple across the river.
Lying just 70km north of the Thai capital Bangkok, Ayutthaya is often overlooked by tourists. Full of old crumbling temples this is a wonderful experience uncovering hidden Thailand and a little more off the regular tourist trail.
Erawan Waterfall & Phra That Cave
Head to Erawan, one of Thailand's most famous National Parks. Here you can visit the Erawan Waterfall, a picturesque seven-tier cascade, and the Phra That Cave, hidden within the park's limestone hills.
Visit the notorious Hellfire Pass, which is located outside the town of Kanchanaburi, along the cliffs above the River Kwai. Take a tour of the museum and venture down into the pass to walk along the old railway line.
Heritage of Ancient Ayutthaya in Style
Spend a day in the ancient city of Ayutthaya visiting magnificent temple complexes and majestic palaces, accompanied by your own English-speaking guide. Travel by car, boat, cable car and even golf buggy as you explore this charming city and its sites.
Kanchanaburi and Railway Experience
A moving and fascinating day tour in Kanchanaburi province. The famous Bridge of the River Kwai and the beginning of the 'Death Railway' is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War.
Pedalling, Pachyderms & Paddling
An exciting and eclectic action-packed adventure that includes cycling, elephants. kayaking and bamboo rafting. This is a wonderful experience for active couples and families, and makes the most of the scenic and diverse Kanchanaburi countryside.
Prasat Muang Singh
Visit Prasat Muang Singh, a Khmer temple complex in Kanchanaburi Province, which dates back to the Angkorian era. The style of these temples is fairly unusual for Thailand, and so this makes for an interesting historical tour.
Tha Kha Floating Market
This half day tour will take you to Tha Kha Floating Market; one of the more charming and less touristy floating markets within easy reach of Bangkok.
Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, War Cemeteries & Pak Preak Community
A moving and fascinating tour, exploring the history of Kanchanaburi province. The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and War Cemeteries are a poignant reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives here in the Second World War.
Train Ride through the Kwai Noi Gorge
Take a short train ride along the infamous Thailand-Burma Railway, also known as the 'Death Railway' due to the thousands of POWs and laborers that died during its construction. The countryside's picturesque scenery contrasts with poignant history.
Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Khao Lak
from $3800 pp 11 nights
- This food-lover's dream takes you to busy Bangkok, deserted Ayutthaya, charming Chiang Mai and the tropical beaches of the West Coast, discovering new dishes and flavors as you go.
- Chiang Mai is famous for its authentic temples and local markets, the perfect place for meeting friendly locals and swapping tips.
- Bangkok is a foodie's dream, crammed with a hundred different cultures and cuisines.
Thailand in Depth
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Khao Sok, Khao Lak
from $6400 pp 16 nights
- A trip that covers ancient history and also explores Thailand's role in one of the biggest global occurrences of the 20th Century - World War II
- This can be completely tailored to your interests, be that in wildlife, active pursuits, or fitting in as many temples as you can!
- A perfect first timer's trip to a variety of unique locations in Thailand, or perfect for returners who want a more in-depth look at this fascinating country.
Location & directions
Ayuthhaya, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, Thailand
Sala Ayutthaya is located in the heart of the city on the Chao Phraya River.
How to get there
11-hour international flight Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport. Sala Ayutthaya is a further 3-hour drive from the airport. Please note this can be more at different times of day due to traffic.