Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai
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Idag fick vi gå
upp tidigt, runt 05.00. Taxin som vi beställt hämtade oss 06.10 och
körde oss till Don Muang Airport. När vi väl checkat in vårt
bagage gick vi och käkade frukost,på Mc Donald´s igen;).
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till vårt hotell, Dusit Island Hotel & Resort. Det var ett …
We woke up to a beautiful day, with temperatures around 30 deg, but not as humid as the islands and quite pleasant.
Deb is on the mend so after breakfast we called for a rickshaw and went into the town centre to rent a scooter. We headed out of town to explore Chiang Rai beach, where there is no beach now in the rainy season, but lots of …
... and photos from the early Tour de France with them all cycling round drinking vin rouge straight out the bottle and smoking Gitanes as they went. He even had a picture of him stealing a event sign with a really hot monk at a cycling event in Ireland. To top it off he also knew about Thomas Stevens but I didn't round to telling him about my Thomas Stevens page on Facebook unfortunately. It was really nice to have a few drinks in his bar afterwards too and to top it off, ...
... a tenna. Kitti says its not very nice once you cross the border tho, people are a lot more pushy its like a different world in the space of a few metres. We then visited the golden triangle where the three borders meet, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Got a fab photo, the golden triangle is a piece of land shaped like a triangle in the middle of the Mekong river which separates the countries. The Mekong river is also home to the worlds largest catfish, grows up to two and a half ...
... back from Bangkok on 6th February. The clever solution we have come up with (as so many others do too, we find out) is to cross the border at Mae Sai into Myanmar. You get a one day pass for visiting Tachileik and upon your return to Thailand a new visa for 15 days. Saves a lot of money and it is a nice daytrip. So that is our plan for Wednesday. We hadn't counted on Mae Salong being so hard to reach but we decide it is worth to get off this mountain, even if we have to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai Ban Sop Ruak
Nice surrounding for pleasant hotel
We stayed in a suite with great views of the Kok river. The room was very comfortable. Attentive service throughout. The breakfast on the river terrace was really special. We enjoyed the pool area and the spa. We tried out the laundry which was efficient and our clothes returned beautifully presented. We ate one night in the lower restaurant which lacked atmosphere but served excellent Thai food. The other nights we caught the hotel shuttle into town. The hotel seemed to have a large Scandinavian clientele.
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I love reading Trip Advisor reviews. Some people are never happy. This is the only hotel worth staying at if you want ti visit this amazing area. The rooms are a touch worn, but other wise the hotel is superb. Very inexpensive to stay in Thailand. Breakfasts are fabulous. The Peak Restaurant is very classy and serves North American Food for those who need a food break.
Grounds and pool are beautiful. On an Island in the river. It's 1 mile from town. You can take a 20 minute walk or a $2 Rickshaw ride!
Also has excellent and inexpensive Spa Facilities. About $12 US for a 1 hr massage.
Be sure to do the 1 hr river boat ride and 2 hr elephant treck through the hotel travel service.
Large western style hotel without much personality.
Decent size rooms but badly in need of renovation. Furniture was old. I removed the bed spread immediately - it looked dismal.
Located out of town - nice if you need to escape the noise of the city but not if you want the freedom to travel back and forth. Hotel has a mini van used to shuttle guests to the night market every hour - buy tickets from the front desk I think 50 Baht per person for a 10 minute ride. Bargain with a tuk tuk to return to the hotel from the city.
Very large outdoor pool looks out over the confluence of a river. Peaceful setting.
Pastry chef deserves an award for some great croissants.
The overall impression of the hotel is good but our room was a true disappointment: furniture was old and asked for renovation. The shopping area is quite far from the hotel, so you have to take a tuk tuk.
My wife and I stayed at the Dusit Island Resort for 7 days and can highly recommend this hotel and also Chiang Rai. Some previous reviews stated that some renovation was required but I must say this must have been done before we arrived. A special meal in the Peak Restaurant was fantastic , although a little pricey in comparison with Thai prices still very good value...... the Island Cafe excellent for lunch or casual dining is excellent value and service. Located on its own island within beautiful gardens it is only a 10 min walk into the very friendly town or as you cross the bridge you can be sure to be met by a trishaw rider who will cycle you into town for 60 Baht per 2 people.
My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights over Songkran and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a landmark suite on the 4th floor and the only fault we had was that the huge balcony had no furniture on it. What is the point of a "balcony with river views", that you can't sit out on? I suspect that the whole of the 4th floor has been re-furbished recently as all the carpets were new.
We stayed at the Dusit Island Resort for eight days in a Landmark Suite which was luxuriously fitted and equipped with everything you could possible require. The staff are friendly and helpful, the dining room superb and with a very large swimming pool complete with poolside bar, you have everything you want. Excursions are varied and plentiful and easy to arrange from here.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to explore Northern Thailand.
Smoking - Non Smoking
We stayed in this hotel during a trip through the North of Thailand. It is located a bit out of town. The lobby area is wonderful and the rooms are good. Unfortunately without balcony except for upscale rooms. We had problems getting a non-smoking room (the room smelled strongly after cigarette smoke) and the king bed proved to be of queen size. The bell-man who showed us into the room was one of the most professional employees I ever met in hotels. Otherwise staff is friendly. The breakfast experience was average considered for a five-star-resort. The pool area is nice.
I stayed at the Dusit Island Resort January 3-5,2005. I had high expectations of this hotel, having read that it was a wonderful four star hotel. Although the grounds and lobby are very beautiful and the setting lovely, the superior and deluxe rooms that I stayed in were in need of renovation. The furnishings were old, and the the amenities of the room not up to four star standard. Although the breakfast buffet was ample, the service was horrible as I repeatedly had to ask for coffee, a tea spoon, cream, etcl, on numerous occasions. The service was somewhat better at dinner. The Chinese restaurant and the peak looked lovely, although the later was closed the night I tried to go since one of the Thai Princesses was having dinner there that evening.
A nice hotel
This is a hotel for package tours. If you do not mind this, then the hotel is just fine. It has everything you may want-- practical and clean.
There is a good restaurant in a beautiful white wooden house just outside of the hotel near the guard's gate as you are walking off the island. It is less than half the price for a good meal.