My stay in iuDia on the river – A unique boutique hotel in Ayutthaya, Thailand

15 February 2014
My stay in iuDia on the river – A unique boutique hotel in Ayutthaya, Thailand

When I was planning my visit to the UNESCO World Heritage temples of Ayutthaya in Thailand, I decided I wanted to stay in this historical city despite being just an hour’s drive from Bangkok in order to beat the crowds and be able to explore early in the morning. It was most fortunate that I found Iudia on the River, one of Ayutthaya’s boutique options, for that one night stay. The town doesn’t have much in terms of chain hotels, and one’s best bet for a pleasurable stay would be with guesthouses or boutique properties that won’t break the bank.

Officially called Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, the town sits in an island and used to be the fortified capital of the Ayutthaya kingdom (Siam). Today, it is a fine example of the old and new. It is a functioning city by every sense of the word, with random temple ruins standing side-by-side modern buildings. IuDia on the River is located at the southern part of the island and separated from the mainland by the Chao Phraya river.

Entering the property for the first time, it’s very apparent how much they take the boutique property to heart. Although it’s officially referred to as a “serviced accommodation,” I found none of the impersonal feel that I usually get in serviced residences. The airy lobby was lined with books and antiques, giving the whole place a refined and scholarly theme. This is no surprise as the owners are writers themselves who have published several books on Thai history and antiquities. I was told that they started IuDia on the River as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, where they could spend the time to write their books with the inspiring temples of Ayutthaya within view...

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