This is an old, but beautiful resort with a large garden area and a scenic riverside and pool. The resort has an old style charm with is made more 'tactile' by the presence of a friendly liftman, dressed in the traditional Chiangmai dress with tinkling bells and a tinkling smile, exuding so much warmth that I am tempted to call him the resort's 'elf'. When we first came in, the staff at front desk was just okay in terms of hospitality. In fact they even mismanaged the allocation of the room for us, so we were a bit put off. But this elf was there with such humility and warm hospitality that all our initial disappointment vanished. Finally, the room that we got was nice and spacious. Some furnishing are a bit dated and need replacement- like the lamps, rugs, furniture, but perhaps these are also the things that lend it the old style charm.
The breakfast is a good spread of English and Thai breakfast items and a good selection of cold cuts and fruits. I also liked their Thai tea and hot ginger tea. The breakfast is served in their Chinatown restaurant, where we also had lunch twice, and liked it. Good preparations.
There's a lot of space to walk or bike around and see, including a cute little organic herb garden maintained by the resort. It's nice and the gardener there is friendly. He gave us a few tips on growing lemon grass. They also have a massage place, which on the same campus but not owned by Dusit. These are small charming old style huts with massage beds on the floor. The massage was extremely relaxing but there's no facility to shower inside so we had to shower in our room before and after the massage. We went for a long walk around and outside the resort, along the river bank and it was very nice to see the rugged land around with local thai residences and their life style. Coming back we took a boat ride on the river, which brought us back to the river bank pier by the resort.
Overall, ours was a good experience. If I happen to go to Chiangrai again, I wouldn't mind staying at Dusit island, especially to meet my Elf. I should have asked his name.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai is Situated on an Island in the Mae Kok River that flows through central Chiang Rai, Thailand's northernmost province. Located next to Chiang Rai Town and less than 45 minutes from the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet, Dusit Island Resort provides a gateway to explore the varied sights and sounds of the northern region. With easy access to the mountains, forests, rivers, ancient temples and colourful hilltribes, many of the region's major attractions are within a day's journey from the resort.The hotel's decor and furnishings also reflect the diversity of norhtern Thai styles. For special functions, guests can enjoy traditional dining on the floor while leaning against multi-coloured triangular cushions. The Mae Kok River provides a spectacular natural backdrop visible from all the guest rooms, as well from the rooftop restaurant, The Peak. Primarily a resort hotel, the Dusit Island Resort is also fully equipped to host business meetings, seminars and a variety of social functions.Whether travelling on business or for pleasure, no trip to northern Thailand would be complete without a stay at Dusit Island Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai Hotel Wiang
- Dusit Island Hotel Chiang Rai
- Dusit Chiang Rai
- Chiang Rai Dusit