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Thien Hai Son Resort
Ranked #26 of 49 Hotels in Duong Dong
Reviewed March 10, 2012

Stayed here for three days at the end of a 2wk trip from Hanoi down. We had two bungalows one for us and one for our two boys age 19 and 20yrs. Our bungalow 419 was set back behind the beachfront row but still had beachviews, one thing is that when you sit in the deckchairs provided on your deck, its too low and you can't see over the railings to the nice view. The room was clean and there was plenty of room, The shower is just a hand held one over the bath, but it did the job. Our boys bungalow was 426 and looked out into a amenities block, not that they cared but I would not have liked that. The beach was clean and we always had a choice of sunloungers either sun or shade. There were hundreds of little clear jellyfish that gave a slight sting and left little red dots that you could see on the white body bits, but it wasn't an issue to stop enjoying the warm water.The pool was looking a bit tired, but with a nice beach we only used it once.We found the staff really friendly - all of them. One of the boys had his birthday while we were there and he received flowers, wine and a big birthday cake. We ate lunch down at the beach restuarant and were happy with the meals, the drinks are still cheap. We ate in the main restuarant one night and had lovely meals. It is only a $1 taxi ride(too hot to walk) to the nightmarket for the most amazing seafood meals ever. Just outside the resort you can hire motorbikes for $10US for the whole day, which we did and had a great time, most of the roads are unsealed and you come back covered in red dust. You can get $4US beach massages 1hr( not professional but still good) or the resorts spa offers all treatments at very reasoalbe prices. I had a 1hr facial for $20US and it was bliss.As far as value for money goes I'm not sure how it compares as it was part of our package deal but we found it a relaxing spot - oh yeh apart from the Japanese tourists that like to start the day on the beach and playing volleyball rather loudly at 6am.

Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

The bungalows are very pleasant with peaceful and tranquil evenings. The beach is not crowded and no hawkers bothering us. lazing on the beach with the occasional swim is very nice at this location. The staff were pleasant but obviously lacked training. A seafood chowder I ordered was brought from the kitchen from the other end of the resort by a waiter just holding edges of cheap soup bowl. what a mess. a small matter but indicative - no one will come to your lounger and ask if you would like to order anything. we didn't see anyone use the swimming pool the 3 days we were there - basic with blue tiles throughout. The breakfast at the main restaurant near restaurant was nowhere near the standard we would expect for $120 per night. In fact I would rate this hotel very good or higher if the price was lower. having been in SE Asia for many years this is a $70 hotel

Room Tip: 412 is a front bungalow right on beach and at end of row
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

We stayed in a room in the main building, not a bungalow and the room was fine if a bit tired. Couple of odd things about the room

- Glass panal over the door let loads of light in at night from the corridor with no way of shutting it out. We ended up taping a couple of free maps over it which helped

- Despite being full of rather ugly heavy wooded furniture which these sort of places seem to favour, there was virtually nowhere to put clothes..

The location is great, at the nothern end of Long Beach, this seems to be the nicer end as the beach gets thinner and dirtier the further south you get and the ammount of litter and dogs increases. The beach in front of the hotel gets cleaned each morning. We didn't have any problem getting beds on the beach but I could see that being a problem over the peak Christmas/New Year weeks as there aren't that many sun beds

Breakfast was ok, certainly plenty of food, but nothing that special.

Another plus point of the hotel is it's proximity to lots of places to eat within a 5 minute walk

I do think it's probably a bit over priced but worth a look if you can get a reasonable deal. The hotel was far from full when we left on 13 Jan. Walking up and negotiating seems to be the best approach

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

Nice beach, although quite crowded.
Good pool.
Beach and pool towels provided.
Hotel rooms what you would expect for the price: clean, tv with English channels, aircon. Small safe. Water not always hot.
Reasonably comprehensive breakfast (though no fresh juice, pastries, yoghurt and limited fresh fruit).
Frankly, nothing to justify the cost above other places unless you're desperate for tv and air-con.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

A travel agent in Ho Chi Minh booked a prepaid 5 day stay during the first week of 2012. She advised us that the resort was "good" and her rate was 35% less than the $130 posted on the web. Obvious, her standard was low.
The resort is ancient and worn; with no air conditioning in the lobby; and no elevators in the three story main building. There are constant whiffs of raw sewage smell in the bathroom, court yard, and beach area. The beach area is narrow and littered with debris. The pool is dirty and has a ridiculous “rinse step” that one trips over constantly. The breakfast buffet is boring; but eatable. The staff is friendly; but impartial. The best time was leaving.

Room Tip: Go to another hotel.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

very nice island Phu Quoc! the hotel is old but good.the breakfast is very very simple and all day it is not changed.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

The hotel itself is okay, but the location is what sets it apart. The beach is so gorgeous and serene, and it hasn't been invaded by the onset of tourism (vendors, aggresive locals, too many tourists, etc...) like Patong Beach. Most of the tourists are older European couples. We stayed in a bungalow 50 feet away from the beach. This beach was the highlight of our 6-city vacation. The only local vendor that we saw on the beach during the 5 day stay were little ladies walking by selling fresh fruit that they cut up for you, and it is sooo cheap. An entire pineapple for 20k VND ($1 USD), papaya for 15k VND, and mango for 10k VND. There is a restaurant on the sand that serves American and Vietnamese cuisine. The mushroom pizza was pretty plain and needed more flavor in the sauce. The Vietnamese seafood hot pot and blue crab fried rice were delicious.
The room was pretty spacious. The beds were unimpressive but comfortable. They supply you with complimentary bottled water and daily fruit (we had bananas and clementines).
The breakfast buffet was pretty good. The front desk staff was nice. Unfortunately I got sick and the customer care desk arranged for a car to take me to the hospital. The entire staff was very accomodating to me. It certainly didn't hurt that the bf spoke Vietnamese.

Next time I'm in Phu Quoc, I'd probably check out a different hotel before I return to this one. It doesn't look like much from the entrance. The neighboring hotels looked more 'fabulous' but were completely booked, so we took what was available.

Room Tip: Bungalows cost more but are closer to the beach, and you get privacy.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 68 Tran Hung Dao street, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Kien Giang Province > Phu Quoc Island > Duong Dong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Duong Dong
#15 Spa Hotel in Duong Dong
Price Range: $72 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Thien Hai Son Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thien Hai Son resort comprises 100 rooms: 43 hotel-rooms, 32 garden view bungalow rooms, 06 Seaside-bungalow rooms, 02 VIP-Bungalows 15 garden view-hotel room and 02 VIP rooms. All room have their own private balcony with all amenities and comfors of a 3-star resort. ... more   less 
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