After a long and arduous 6-hour mini-bus ride from Ayutthaya to Sukhothai, we finally arrived at our hotel, Ruean Thai. The hotel is located in New Sukhothai, a modern settlement with concrete structures as opposed to the more laid back Old Sukhothai where the historical monuments are located in.
The swimming pool.
The lounge outside the Deluxe Room.
The hotel was managed by an elderly man who can speak limited English and Mandarin and it has a beautiful courtyard swimming pool and an in-house restaurant serving Thai classics. Complimentary wifi and bicycles are provided too.
For a party of 13 people, we booked 2 Deluxe Rooms (which can accommodate 3 pax) and 4 Superior Rooms (2 pax). The spacious Deluxe Rooms cost 3200-3700 THB while the Superior Room cost 1800-2300 THB. The rooms are tastefully decorated with Thai crafts and antiques. Beds were comfortable if not luxurious. The only downside is the lack of toiletries in the toilets. Perhaps, it is an effort to go “green”?
A buffet breakfast was served in the Breakfast Hall. The buffet includes Thai fried rice, stir-fried noodles as well as salads, eggs, ham, sausages and bacon for Western taste buds. Fresh fruits were being served as well.
My favourite is the toast bread station where the waitresses will toast our choice of bread (white or wholemeal) which you could eat it with either jam, butter or both. Yummy…The usual tea and coffee was accompanied by other options such as fruit juices (which are very sweet).
To save the trouble of scouting around the town for lunch, we decided to have lunch at their in-house restaurant. The food wasn’t as impressive as its breakfast.
For a start, the Thai Iced Milk Tea was extremely sweet.
Ruean Thai’s Mango Sticky Rice didn’t go down well with me, the Mango was a little too sour and the rice lacks that coconut fragrance.
The Ham and Egg Fried Rice seemed to be one of the better dishes around. We had seconds of it.
The Sundae was enjoyable, the lime ice cream was particularly sour but it was compensated by the chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
They also offer Green Curry with these huge pea-like eggplants.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Ruean Thai, the rooms were comfortable and it gives you a break from those sterile modern hotels. The service was decent and breakfast was good. However, I think I might skip having lunch at Ruean Thai and explore Sukhothai for other lunch and dinner options.
Oh, for rabbit lovers, the hotel rears some rabbits including this big one which freaked out my studio mate.
181 / 20 Soi Pracharuammit Jarodwithithong Rd.
Thani, Muang, Sukhothai 64000 Thailand
TEL. ( 66 ) 5561-2444
FAX: ( 66 ) 5561-2444