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songkran break / sala ayutthaya

salalocated in the heart of ayutthaya – once thailand’s capital city – and along the banks of chao phraya river, sala ayutthaya is the hot boutique accommodation choice since august 2014. with only twenty six guest rooms – it gives the privacy one needs. but not from the hoards of visitors that are just there to click some photos and maybe grab a bite at the main restaurant overlooking the river. (not sayin’ i’m not guilty of)

P1070410 copy P1070417 copy P1070419 copy P1070424 copythe design team behind “onion” is to be credited for the beautiful design and architecture of the entire resort. as they say, “the monolithic brick walls of the entryway call to mind the impressive stature of the old city, while asserting their modernity with a slight and precise undulation that feels both ancient and exacting.” – and it sure does just that.

P1070432 copy P1070447 copyeven though the pool was beautifully and uniquely designed with expanses of marble steps i wouldn’t think it suitable for.. well, swimming.

P1070470 copy P1070498 copy P1070510 copy P1070538 copystrangely the food was quite disappointing and it’s only natural i was expecting certain standard since well, it is in a nice resort after all. spring rolls and french fries tasted like they’ve been refried at least couple of times. my fish burger had no taste. it was like biting into air. i like my food on a sweeter note but that beef noodle dish was as if the chef accidentally poured an entire bag of sugar and decided to serve it anyway.

P1070516 copy P1070526 copy P1070539 copybut at least the view was spectacular.

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  • Reply gabe1990

    Wowwww the way u described it and pictures they go so well together, PERFECT actually ^^ the pictures are soooo zoo amazing nothing I’ve ever seen beat them annie!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply LindaLibraLoca

    That looks like a perfect place to be.

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    April 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Katherine Lou

    The architecture here looks amazing! I need to bookmark this ASAP. Thanks for sharing Annie!

    April 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      and it’s surrounded by amazing landmarks of ayutthaya! definitely recommended if you’re thinking to travel there one day kath :D

      April 20, 2015 at 12:34 am
  • Reply gail

    I havent been to Ayudthaya for like ages! Btw im coming home next month, lets meet up? :)

    April 19, 2015 at 2:02 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i love taking short trips to ayutthaya! i’m leaving to korea next month! noo, i hope i get to see you before!

      April 20, 2015 at 12:31 am
  • Reply Dressed2dNines

    OMG, how beautiful! This place looks simply heavenly! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    April 19, 2015 at 5:47 am
  • Reply Anett

    This hotel looks great! I love this modern style in architecture!

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    April 19, 2015 at 7:43 am
    • Reply annie lee

      amazing modern style with the ancient feel! thank you anett xo

      April 20, 2015 at 12:31 am
  • Reply Linda

    Omg! This place looks like a dream! Thank you for sharing!

    April 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aw linda, thank YOU for dropping by!

      April 20, 2015 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Jess

    Beautiful! Gosh I love Thailand

    April 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Danika Maia

    OMG that white outdoor area is absolutely amazing!! I’m so obsessed! I would lay there all day in a white swimsuit with a white hat and have the best life ever hahaha.

    Danika Maia

    April 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      now i feel like i must go back danika!

      April 20, 2015 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Camelia Nita

    The minimalist architecture appeals to me, I would like to live there. And that view at evening…really gorgeous! :)

    April 19, 2015 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      yes cameliaaa, the view was spectacular!

      April 20, 2015 at 12:29 am
  • Reply Sofie

    These pictures are so pretty! It looks like an amazing place :) Sofie xx

    April 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      it was sofie :D thanks xo

      April 20, 2015 at 12:29 am
  • Reply Motte

    wow isn’t this just a dream? It looks so beautiful, I’d like join! x Motte

    April 20, 2015 at 1:16 am
  • Reply AmandaBeth

    Book me a room i’m on my way! That sucks the food was bad but I agree with you those views would keep me from being bothered by that one downfall. Gorgeous hotel!

    April 20, 2015 at 4:22 am
    • Reply annie lee

      haha, the room’s all set and ready for you amanda ;)

      April 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply funkyfashion007

    What a gorgeous and funky/trendy looking place. Staying there must be so glamorous, I love it! :)

    April 20, 2015 at 8:59 am
    • Reply annie lee

      you’re right it was a beautiful boutique!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Kauana

    Beautiful place!

    April 20, 2015 at 9:55 am
    • Reply annie lee

      sure was, i already wanna go back!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Lena

    What a great trip Annie! I find the monolithic brick walls so amazing — quite striking the architecture but also very tranquil while being in its presence. Sad to hear the food wasn’t that great but I guess the breath-taking view makes the trip worthwhile doesn’t it? :) Hope you have a great start to your week hun! :) xo~ Lena

    April 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      it sure did lena hehe, hope your week’s going well!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Carrie

    Amazing pics, wanna be there right now.

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    April 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Naeun

    Wow this place looks so amazing! Shame about the food though. It’s so hard to find a really tasty fish burger, I think it’s probably the seasoning and the sauce but at least the views made up for it! Who needs to travel far when you have places like this in your backyard Annie! :) xx

    April 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      im fortunate that thailand has so many beautiful places! ive been here for yearrrs and still got a long way to cover those hidden gems!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    oh wow! the style & design of the accommodation is so beautiful & stylish! I love the way you wrote this, so sincere & useful! :)

    April 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aww i appreciate that tiffany! <3

      April 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Mojisola Obazuaye

    Amazing photos as always. It is a terrific post, love it.
    Cheers, Mojisola

    April 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      thank you mojisola, so kind of you!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Dana

    Awesome as always! Your photos and life adventures blow my mind! I absolutely love it! This looks like a wonderful place to be :)
    One day.
    Have an awesome day!

    April 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hope you can try it out for yourself one day dana :)

      April 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Shoshana

    Absolutely stunning photos. So jealous of your holiday.

    April 20, 2015 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      :) we always need more holidays!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Keri

    Wow, these photos are absolutely stunning! Magazine worthy for sure :)

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    April 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      that is such a compliment hehe you’re so sweet keri, thanks for dropping by xo

      April 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply mary

    nice place!

    April 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    That hotel looks incredible!!! I would love to stay somewhere like that!
    Melanie @

    April 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Samantha Mariko

    wow you are so lucky! this is a beautiful space, love how clean and spacious it is! how special

    April 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      same here :) loving the sleek theme!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply wazwu

    This space is beautiful! I especially love the marble pool… not so great for swimming, but a gorgeous feature in the courtyard.

    April 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe definitely! i wouldn’t mind just sitting and relaxing on those stairs in this crazy heat!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Amber | All the Cute

    Neat hotel…very cool architecture. Your outfit was adorable! I love the hat and the shoes!

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    April 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe that hat immediately puts me on a holiday mood!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:26 pm
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    April 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply mun

    Lovely photos! What a nice place to visit.

    April 21, 2015 at 12:02 am
  • Reply PurseFixation

    What a fantastic place! Love the pool! Could relax there for hours!;-) Great shots!
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    April 21, 2015 at 12:48 am
    • Reply annie lee

      under a shade maybe because it’s 38 degrees celsius here in bangkok atm and i’m dying just by breathing!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Valerie (Our Ruins)

    Wow, beautiful photos! I love the modern feel of the place!

    April 21, 2015 at 1:33 am
  • Reply Patricia Luiza

    I am SPEECHLESS. This looks like my dream Holiday location, so jealous. Your pictures are amazing, as always!


    April 21, 2015 at 2:09 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe make your dream happen patricia!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Great photos, what a beautiful getaway.

    April 21, 2015 at 2:29 am
  • Reply Monika

    Those views are amazing and that marble pool is stunning! It’s a bit disappointing though that the food was so terrible.


    April 21, 2015 at 8:26 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i know :( but the view made it all a-okay!

      April 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Liz B. @ Umami Life

    This looks like a spread from Architectural Digest. I couldn’t believe it was right next to traditional Ayutthaya! Also, way to engage in some real talk regarding the food. It doesn’t matter how pretty a restaurant is if the burgers aren’t on point!

    April 21, 2015 at 10:12 am
    • Reply annie lee

      HAHA you’re so right liz. if the burgers aren’t, nothing else matters! lol but i have to give – the view was amazing.

      April 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Camilla

    WOW!!!! It looks so amazing, I meant that pool is just incredible!!! How do you find these places? Honestly trade lives with me!! Every time I go on your blog I get so inspired to go and explore new places, but I need you there with me because you would know all the best places to go!


    April 21, 2015 at 10:48 am
    • Reply annie lee

      haha thankfully in thailand we got plenty of places like these! i’m just lucky to be here :) i would love to see you travel down here someday camilla!! i swear ill take you to all the nice places ;)

      April 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Masha

    wow!Lovely photos!!!Especially I like the design where is the awesome!:)

    April 21, 2015 at 11:10 am
    • Reply annie lee

      that was my favorite part too :) thanks masha xo

      April 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Xuan

    Ahh, I really could use a vacation like this right now.
    I love it when the sky is blushing. It gives you a nice feeling.


    April 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i know that feeling! mild butterflies in the stomach ;)

      April 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Antonia

    What a beautiful place. I imagine you could forget all your troubles in a setting like that. Too bad about the food though :( Great photos!

    April 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe right, it was so beautiful though!

      April 29, 2015 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Sarah Ferguson

    Just gorgeous!

    April 23, 2015 at 10:18 am
  • Reply fashionillustrationsbymc

    beautiful and creative architecture, I’d love to visit Thailand some day!

    April 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe you should, it’s a beautiful country :)

      April 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    woaw! this pleace looks sooo amazing. that marble pool is soo luxe. hope you enjoyed!

    April 24, 2015 at 9:44 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      it is so beautiful! thanks kristina :D

      April 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply The Ordinary Patrons

    Hi Annie,
    wonderful pics as always – the evening view of the resort is especially spectacular! The sea coconut dessert looked really inviting.

    April 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      that was indeed the best part of the dinner :)

      April 29, 2015 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    The hotel looks beautiful, but I would also have expected more form the food. The coconut (?) in one of the last images looks cool. Is it a drink or a dessert?

    April 27, 2015 at 11:31 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      that’s the dessert called tubtim krob – have you ever tried? water chestnuts in ice coconut milk! so good :)

      April 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Beautiful pictures! The places you visited are so picturesque!

    May 10, 2015 at 5:12 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i agree! you can be the worst photographer and it will still turn out okay cos the place is so beautiful!

      May 12, 2015 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Chelsea

    OMG this place looks amazing! I am book marking this for my trip to Thailand next week!

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    May 20, 2015 at 5:57 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hi chelsea! it’s like an hour away from bangkok but if you can it’s totally worth the drive :)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Betty

    Annie, your pics are awesome as usual. Oh, I love these locales. Girl, you know how to ‘turn-out’! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to pack a bag……see you!!

    June 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha oh betty, are you heading over here? :P

      June 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm

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