Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai
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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.
People Love To Complain
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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... the currency of choice in exchange for the opium, hence the name the golden triangle.
We all jumped on a boat and went for a trip up the river to see this No-Man's-Land island. and the popped over to Laos. We had to go through a mini immigration thing but basically we just had admittance to an area full of market stalls. Most were all selling the same stuff but there were a couple of shops selling handbags. Thousands of handbags. ...
... I was heading in a Southwesterly direction. I continued to chat to locals. But that was more for a chat. The theme of the day was rice fields. Probably not unusual for Thailand. But I'm new here. So they're still interesting and beautiful to me. They all seem to be at completely different levels of drainage and growth. After 45k or so, I popped out of the rice fields onto state highway 1, and rode that for the last ...
... canyon. Last but not least, I think it was a bar for guys to find a nice local girl to spend time with for the evening. We of course didn't realize this until we started playing poll witha British guy and his local friend. We stayed a bit longer and decided to call it a night uing the excuse that we had an early bus ride in the morning.
And that sums up our time in Chiang Rai. We really enjoyed the stop.
... my left wrist while holding my elbow in my right hand, and each person in the circle attached a handmade cotton string to my wrist. Adomu then handed me two boiled eggs to eat the following day, one as I was leaving the village, and one for lunch. Em and Kan both gave us strings as well. The Akha people perform ceremonies for everything, and this one in particular is usually performed when someone has to leave the household or the village for an extended period of time ...
... floral exhibition here among the old prison walls, the old guard towers and even the old prison HQ was turned into a museum.
Just next to the floral exhibits will be the Weekend Night Market at Thanon Thanalai (Thanalai Road). ...