One of Bangkok’s finest hotels where the facilities and service are second to none. Perfect for those who want to stay in central Bangkok but still enjoy a little peace and tranquillity.
Ariyasom Villa is located in the heart of Sukhumvit District at the end of a quiet soi (street). Attractive tropical gardens surround this traditional Thai residence, which has been passed down through generations of the same family for nearly 70 years. The charming, friendly owners live upstairs and are welcoming hosts, ensuring that their guests are made to feel at home. Rooms are well appointed and tastefully designed, offering a modern feel alongside characterful touches that fit nicely with the rest of the property. Boutique in size and style, the property has an intimate and relaxing atmosphere that contrasts well with the bustling streets of Bangkok.
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Rooms are spread between the old and new wings and have an authentic Thai feel, with teak floors, silk drapes and original artwork. The entry level Studio rooms are smaller than other room types, but come with a good range of amenities, while Deluxe rooms offer a little more space, with connecting rooms also available. Both Deluxe and Studio rooms can be arranged as double or twin options.
There are also a number of Executive Deluxe rooms, which boast their own private balcony and large en suite bathroom, with one offering a Jacuzzi bath tub. Meanwhile, Executive Suites are set on two levels and offer garden, canal or pool views as well as a living area and traditional four-poster beds.
Although a little out of town, the property is just a ten minute walk from Ploenchit Sky Train station or a five-minute canal walk from Nana Nue water taxi stop, offering an alternative way to explore the city sights. Its quiet location away from the busy main road allows it to offer a peaceful sanctuary in the sprawling expanse of Bangkok.
Food and drink
The property's Na Aroon restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving a tasty selection of organic vegetarian cuisine along with fresh fish and seafood dishes. Housed in the old villa, it has a traditional Thai charm with high ceilings and teak floors. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit juice, eggs, natural yogurt and vegetarian sausage and bacon. All meals are accompanied by a selection of beverages, from smoothies to wine.
Some of the Deluxe rooms can interconnect to accommodate families of four. A crib can be added to the rooms on request.
Facilities and activities
The Som Sen Spa is open daily and offers a wide range of treatments, including massages and manicures, as well as featuring a steam room and a Jacuzzi. There's also an outdoor swimming pool and a library with Wi-Fi access.
This is a wonderful option for those looking to explore the city while having a relaxing escape at the end of a long day. We particularly like the traditional Thai atmosphere, as well as the beautifully appointed rooms.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Set in a high-rise block and offering sweeping views of the river, the AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel offers good value for money. Along with a diverse choice of dining options it has a glorious rooftop infinity pool.
The Chatrium Riverside is an apartment-style hotel in an enviable position on the river front, with sweeping views over Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River.
Comfortable rooms, wide ranging facilities and good value for money make this conveniently located hotel a good Bangkok base. Along with easy access to the city's major attractions you'll get a largo pool, spa and gym.
Steeped in history, the Mandarin is a quiet, luxurious haven amidst the bustle and excitement of Bangkok. The river terrace is a perfect place for an evening meal.
Not far from Bangkok’s Khao San Road, the Riva Surya is a small boutique property with spacious rooms, contemporary design and a welcoming swimming pool on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
The Shangri La Hotel is a wonderful hotel in an excellent location with all the facilities you could ever ask for.
A great option with stylish rooms and excellent facilities ideal for couples and families who want to be in the heart of the city close to some of the best shopping in Bangkok and the convenient sky-train system.
The Peninsula hotels combine Eastern and Western hospitality to provide unmatched service and luxurious comfort.
Harking back to the decadence of the colonial era with Art Deco styling and museum-quality displays of Asian art and antiquities, The Siam is the kind of place where everything is designed with the greatest attention to detail.
An all-suite hotel offering generously-sized rooms and some of the city's finest bars and restaurants, the Tower Club at lebua makes a very convenient city base. It's also a good option for families with two and three bedroom suites and an outdoor pool.
A resort-like setting in the heart of the city, French-colonial elegance and gourmet food make this small hotel a surprising find. With a tranquil location and generous pool, it makes a welcome retreat from the city chaos.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Just across the Chao Praya River in Bangkok lies the city's secret garden — Bang Kra Jao. Only accessible by boat, you must cross the river on a small ferry to reach this beautiful area full of small villages, temples and tropical flora.
The Songkran Festival celebrates the New Year. They are colourful and lively celebrations, with music, traditional dance and, of course, water, which symbolically cleanses the body from the sins of the previous year.
You and your guide will walk you through the narrow streets to experience many local sights with various food tastings along the way. Try things like ‘kafae boran’, a classic Thai coffee, or the popular Thai dessert, 'Khanom Thua Paep' (mung bean rice crepe).
Jim Thompson's house is a real highlight of any trip to Bangkok. The house itself is beautifully decorated and preserved and provides a fascinating insight into the life of this mysterious man, who set up a huge empire trading in Thai silk before disappearing whilst walking in the Malaysian highlands in 1967.
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual and avoid the crowds who arrive later.
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. Later you will visit the temple grounds and the famous 45 metre Reclining Buddha, and The Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark.