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Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

This was our second visit- the first being 5 years ago. I was a little worried when we booked that it wouldn't be the same after Methee and Wipa the previous owners left but it was still incredible.
We stayed for 10 nights with our 8 year old in a one bedroom villa and unbelievably we had the whole place to ourselves.
This place really is heaven. Sure, it's out of the way but it's so peaceful and relaxing. Nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast was included every day, delivered and served in our villa. Delicious. And having access to a driver for 9 consecutive hours a day made the RSR incredible value for money. Bla and Samje made our second stay so enjoyable and fun. We'll be back again. This place is an absolute hidden gem. I don't know why more people don't stay. We never had issues with taxis finding the RSR. We went on day trips and were picked up and delivered home without issue. Samje was so lovely despite the language barrier. He understood where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do each day and he waited for us whether it was at a restaurant or the beach. We went to beaches all over Phuket, elephant trekking, lunches,dinner, to see the Big Buddha, to feed the monkeys, to the shops, supermarket, laundromat. A tip- book the driver from 1-10pm. Spend the morning by the pool, then go for lunch, do an activity, pop home for a break and then go for dinner. You won't have to worry about taxis. We loved our time.

Stayed: June 2015, traveled with family
1  Thank Newshoes1973
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Reviewed July 7, 2015

The accommodation is lovely, however, the hotel is pretty far up a hill with very little nearby. Any activity will require getting a taxi or driver and they are shamelessly expensive around here, particularly the ones arranged by the hotel.

Tip: Coming back to the Rising Sun, taxi drivers will find this hotel hard to find. Take the name on a bit of paper in Thai, reception should give you a card, and have the right change as the taxi driver will inevitably not have any change when they arrive half way up the mountain and reception will not be much help.

The cleanliness was excellent but the service(mix ups with arranged drivers and expensive taxis), particularly given the location let this place down for me on this occasion.

  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled solo
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2  Thank gregorun
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Reviewed March 15, 2015

All other holidays became ordinary after staying at the Rising Sun Residence. We had a fantastic time (two adults, one young child and a baby). The owners and staff made us feel like honoured guests for the entire time. They were all so warm and lovely. The villa (one of 5 around the main pool) was quirky but clean and had everything we needed. Hot breakfast was cooked in our villa every morning and we had a huge choice of local or 'Aussie' foods. The pool was great, well maintained and we loved it. Our driver was very polite and punctual. We were given great advice on where to eat and what to visit and bookings made for us by the resort staff. It was a little out of the way from the main tourist areas but we liked that aspect of it. Sooo peaceful up that hill with the tinkle if monastery bells and the sweet sounding birds. It was heavenly. It really was the nicest place we've ever stayed (and we've stayed in a few). We were supposed to go elsewhere but ended up staying longer. Would go back there in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: The rooms nearer reception are easier to get to, the ones further down are at the end of a very steep hill - as we had a baby it was necessary to get the car to come and pick us up if we needed to get to reception or the kitchen/restaurant.
  • Stayed: October 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank SoWhereToNextKiddo
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Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

Staying in the Rising Sun made our Thailand trip perfect!!!
The location was superb!
Staff friendly, approachable and helpful.
Rooms and other facilities excellent!!!
The name rising sun fit it the most!!! Thank you to all the staff. We had a lovely perfect holiday..! Cannot fault it!

Stayed: January 2015, traveled with friends
Thank Carsonjanet4
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Reviewed December 10, 2014

We stayed the last week of October. From the pick-up at the airport the holiday was a breeze. Wipa and her staff gave us a very warm welcome, ascertained the preferences for our holiday, recommended and booked restaurants and shows for us. Our driver was considerate, attentive, accommodating and always pointed out places we had no knowledge of en route, pulling in for photo opportunities. He was always willing to wait at our convenience and was always on the look out for us on our return.
The one bedroom villa shared a large pool with three other one bedroom villas. The accommodation was ideal, spacious, in good order, clean and very comfortable.
In order to get the best deal it is best to book on their own site where all the extras are offered which takes away any concerns of holidaying in an unknown place and the staff care about the quality of not only your stay but your experience in their country.
Tip: Don't miss the trip to the market at the start of your thai cooking class. Unforgettable
Would return in a heartbeat. Thank you.

Room Tip: All the rooms are perfect. We stayed in a one bedroom villa (nr 2). All one bedroom villas are grouped around the large pool with sun beds outside your front door. One bedroom villa had fan and air con in large bedroom with dressing area, huge bathroom, comfy lounge with dining table, tv and fan.
  • Stayed: October 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Teresa D
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