The historic ruins that are sprinkled all around Ayutthaya are often interspersed with hostel accommodation, making for some very unique places to spend a night or two.
Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam, is a living archaeological site, melded with a bustling city. This remarkable place, dotted with huge palaces, Buddhist temples and other historic ruins, is simply unmissable for anybody visiting Thailand. Due to its popularity, and because of Thailand’s eminence on the backpacker trail of Southeast Asia, you can expect to find scores of hostels in Ayutthaya. Here’s a look at some of the best of them and the different things they can offer to guests.
Plus Hostel Ayutthaya
If you’d like to have more of a home stay vibe from your hostel time in Ayutthaya, look no further than Plus Hostel. Bed, breakfast and dinner are included in the price, representing excellent value. The hostel is located a few minutes north of the main city island, in a peaceful, leafy neighbourhood. There is more garden space here to relax in and the journey to the temples is made easier with the hostel’s own bike hire; Ayutthaya is commonly explored by bicycle or moped by most visitors who are not on a guided tour. Dorm beds at Plus Hostel have their own curtains to offer guests a little extra privacy. From $10 per night.
Nakara Hostel Ayutthaya
Nakara Hostel enjoys an excellent location within the main river island of Ayutthaya where most of the main temple ruins can be found. For example, it’s roughly a ten-minute walk from here to Wat Mahathat and a similar distance to a lively night market. The hostel also offers some of the best value accommodation in the city, with clean dorms housing six or ten sturdy bunk beds. This hostel has some decent common areas, including outdoor seating and a games room. You can rent bicycles for an additional fee. From $7 per night.
Stockhome Hostel Ayutthaya
Stockhome offers less of a syndrome and more of a wonderfully quirky, unique and pristine hostel in central Ayutthaya. The common areas – among some of the best of any place in the city – offer the hostel vibe, with their comfortable couches, classy decor and an excellent cafe/bar area. Dorms were closed at the time of writing due to Covid, however, they usually feature six or 12 beds. There are also some excellent en-suite private rooms with cosy beds. From $20 per night.
Early Bird Hostel
Early Bird is in a lovely building that offers plenty of covered veranda seating to guests along with a free continental breakfast in the mornings. This is another smaller hostel, so it’s a great place to meet other travellers but not too big that it gets rowdy during the evenings. There are two dorm rooms: a six-bunk and a ten-bunk room. Generally these are shared, outside of Covid restrictions. The hostel is well located on Ayutthaya Island, ten minutes from some of the main temples and bike hire is available for a small additional fee. From $9 per night.
If the larger hostel vibe is a little too boisterous for you, PK Hostel is a smaller accommodation with a handful of private rooms and a dorm room that is open outside of Covid times. The hostel, located on Ayutthaya Island, enjoys good levels of security and is locked for the night (although guests are given key cards for access at any time). There is a communal kitchen available with tea and coffee making facilities, and free bread and fruit is available to guests all day. From $24 per night.