Welcome to AriyasomVilla"Well we are well and truly in the hot season and it really is hot! Hitting about 40ºc last week but the evenings have been cool enough to sit outside and enjoy dinner around the pool - one of the pleasures of living in a warm climate.
We are enjoying a rather more peaceful existence than our first few years of operation when we were affected by political issues and then some rather more serious floods. The international news organizations (BBC and CNN) always seem delighted to expose every little detail even if they have to make it up!
Bangkok is a big city with something over 13m residents. I´m not sure how it all works but it really does. Yes we have terrible traffic but there are alternatives - sky train , underground train, canal and river boats. Tuk tuks and motorbike taxis all offer interesting modes of transport. The utilities work and the rubbish is collected and taken away - in fact Bangkok is relatively clean - but of course could be cleaner. It´s a fairly easy town to get around although you have to exercise certain amount of patience at times. Taxis are an issue - if we order them in advance then everything is fine as we can order from one of the many legitimate services. Just taking them from the street is a bit of a lottery. Many drivers don´t have good knowledge of the city and I always remind our guests to think of the nearby hospital - Bumrungrad as the nearest landmark.
Actually, Bumrungrad is a marvelous institution with first class medical services and a well deserved international reputation. On occasion we´ve had to take guests down to the hospital and it´s lived up to it´s billing.
Our Na Aroon restaurant has been getting busier and busier and it seems our "veggie" food is popular. It maybe the heat but many guests like the lightness of our cuisine. With all the variety of Thai spices and the freshness of produce our Thai "veggie" dishes go down very well. For those interested in Thai food a morning or an afternoon spent in a cooking school can be both fun and enlightening. It´s also interesting to visit one of the big food markets - located at Or Tor Gor - near the weekend market ( Chatuchak) it has a wonderful array of the best fruit and vegetables in Bangkok.
Another interesting venue is the flower market - Bak Klong Talad. Situated further down the road from Wat Po it is a real working market. The best time to visit is late at night - 23.00 or later. It is thronging with people at this time and you can see the selection of votive arrangements.
A note on bookings - it´s always a good idea to contact us on info(at)ariyasom.com to check availability. We have arrangements with a number of well established travel agents and keep a room allotment for them. These allotments come free a certain number of days before if they are not taken up. So, although we might be showing the hotel as full for the period you want it might become free nearer the date. So please do check with us direct and see if the hotel is actually full.
We look forward to welcoming you to AriyasomVilla and will do all possible to make your stay a happy one.
Khun Ayre & David"
AriyasomVilla - Luxury Boutique Hotel in BangkokWelcome to Bangkok and AriyasomVilla - step back in time to a more leisurely life style. The Villa was built in 1942 and is still in the hands of the original family who built it.
With 25 beautifully appointed Rooms and Suites, "Na Aroon" Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool, Spa, Meeting Room, Library, Meditation Hall and under ground Car Parking we are well equipped to really look after you during your stay in the "City of Angels".
Conveniently located in the "heart" of Central Bangkok.
The Hotel is very near to Bumrungrad Hospital.