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Eat Pray Stay: sala ayutthaya is an all-round wonderland on the river

Though the glorious time of Thailand’s former capital has long passed, it’s still nearly impossible to deny the charm and majestic spell of the sorcerous Ayutthaya, which has transcended its beauty to temples and buildings and all the architectures within its territory.

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Along the city’s main river, the Chao Phraya River, hundreds of riverside abodes and establishments dot its banks, yet one stands out from the rest unlike any other. In a commingled design between archaeological ruin and contemporary style, Scandinavian glam boutique hotel sala ayutthaya, is situated right in front the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wat Phutthaisawan.

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We were recently looking for a secluded vacation break close to Bangkok. And having gone to Hua Hin, Pattaya, or Khao Yai numerous times, we decided this time around we should give this antique city a chance. Wonderfully, the venue is an all-in-one establishment, inclusive of well-decorated rooms, an on-site restaurant, and a rooftop bar. As you can already probe, we had a blast dining and winding down by the river, overlooking the beautiful temple-scape.

sala ayutthaya

So if you too are hankering for a nearby hideaway spot among the historical heart of the old city, here’s our complete guide and review on what you can do and where you should eat when staying at sala ayutthaya.


Notorious for many iconic dishes like grilled giant river prawns and cotton candy (or roti saimai), Ayutthaya is one foodie globe trotter’s or restaurant hopper’s should-visit. And if what you’re after is a restaurant and a bar with stunning ancient ruins as a backdrop, sala ayutthaya should be your next move.

sala ayutthaya eatery & bar

Featuring both traditional Thai and international dishes on the menu, sala ayutthaya eatery & bar is a place that will surely cater to everyone’s palate. Tuck into their signature dishes: Tom Yum River Prawn (THB 370), Massaman Lamb Shank (THB 540), fish sauce-drenched Fried Snapper (THB 650), Char-grilled Australian Angus Beef Burger (THB 330) and Tuna Tartare (THB 350). The restaurant is an all-day dining spot, but the time to best enjoy it is in the evening as you can dine whilst watching the sunset over Wat Phutthaisawan’s prang.

Rooftop Lounge & Bar

After a long, tiring day, sometimes all you want to do is linger over your food and a glass of drink. Well-equipped with plush seating, the loft-style rooftop bar offers up comfort and cocktails for you to unwind and to be spellbound by the nighttime view of the ancient ruins. So after dinner at sala ayutthaya’s stellar restaurant, make your way through the spiral-shaped stairs and take pleasure in their stylish rooftop bar without having to travel elsewhere.


Those who love taking a temple tour, sala ayutthya saves your travelling time by offering up a temple landscape to your room window, making the historic sight more approachable to all guests. Most room types offer a deluxe view of Wat Phutthaisawan and the Chao Phraya River, whereas their on-site restaurant and the rooftop bar also provide a front-row view of the temple, as well. If you’re planning on doing some temple sightseeing, the hotel offers an activity package, featuring a long tail boat ride experience to temples and historical sites along the waterway.


Although sala ayutthaya has merely 26 rooms spread across a limited space, each room boasts a spacious size that doesn’t make you feel trapped or uncomfortable. There are six room types; some are accompanied by a private pool, whilst others offer an enticing river view and a terrace perched slightly over the Chao Phraya River with a charming temple vista.

Deluxe River View

Some even feature an ample-sized bathroom with a tub taking half of the space. We stayed in the Deluxe River View, which allowed us to bathe with a view of the temple in front of us.

With a sofa by the large glass window, we turned the cosy corner into an upscale reading nook — a perfect spot for overseeing the local’s riverside way of life, and that captivating view of life on the Chao Phraya banks.

sala ayutthaya, 9/2 Moo 4, U-Thong Road, Pratu Chai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand, 13000, +6635 242 588.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.