Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai
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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.
Dusit Island Resort . Superb
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.
While in Chiang Rai we recommend you visit the Hill Tribe Museum in town and also use the excellent restaurant that is attached to this called "Cabbages & Condoms"..... great for lunch , dinner or just a cold beer and excellent value. A trip to the mountain property and gardens of the late Kings mother is a must ......... we have visited many beautiful gardens throughout the world but nothing compares with this. A lot of people visit Chiang Rai for 2/3 days but to fully appreciate we would recommend 7 days.
Excellent base for northern Thailand
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.
The lobby and pool areas are magnificent, and the food and drinks are very reasonable for a hotel of this quality. Although the Laan Taan? restaurant in the grounds was much cheaper.
The shuttle bus into town is 40 baht and a tuk tuk back is 60 to 80 baht.
There is a good night bazaar in Chiang Rai, - not as blatently touristy as the one in Chiang Mai, and it has some good food stalls.
If you like northern Thailand the Dusit offers a good base for trips, - especially on the river as it has it's own landing stage. Will stay there again!
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.
The pool area is lovely, but the gym is outdated and cramped and they charge to use the showers and sauna.
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.
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... d had to take an overnight bus just to get to nearby Chiang Mai was a treat for us. After collecting our bags we decided to eat in the airport before getting a taxi to the bus station. We chose a busy looking restaurant, it turned out to be the worst meal we have had in the last 2 and a half months, and it was soooo expensive compared to normal Thai prices. A bit deflated from our bad meal we went to get a taxi. We got ...
... And on the platform and in the train, the announcements were in both languages. I'm always so thankful to be an English speaking tourist, it affords you so many benefits and the ease of travelling so any places in the world so much more easily. I look at the some of the people I have met and they are not native English speakers, so they have had to learn English to communicate in other countries. If that wasn't difficult enough, the accents make it more difficult for people ...
... met a girl in our room called Ami who we then went on a night out with as it was our last night together. We sat in a small bar just playing pool and playing music over YouTube. After we headed to another bar where we stayed for a bit then headed home. Tom said he was going to stay out for a bit and would catch up with us ...
... to be eating hot pots, so naturally we got one to try. You get given a ceramic pot on top of another one which holds the hot coals. Kind if like those fancy restaurant where you cook your own steak. The pot is full of water and some spices to cook your food in. Nothing is cooked when you get it and you get to choose your meat: chicken, beef, pork and seafood. The vegetables you get are: cabbage, morning glory, bean sprouts, and one piece of carrot. You also have one egg and ...
... the top deck of a rather luxurious bus. We found it hard to sleep, despite the reclining seats, and I wasn’t able to drop off until after 1.00 am. I wasn’t worried, as with an arrival time of 7 am, this should have allowed me enough sleep…except that we were woken at 5 and arrived in Chiang Rai at 5.30am. We’d arranged for Gary to pick us up at 7, of course, so then had to wait in the open sided bus station for an hour and ...