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Teak Garden Spa Resort
Ranked #12 of 108 Hotels in Chiang Rai
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sydney
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21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“still has some teething problems”
Reviewed March 9, 2009

our guide told us this was a new hotel and to expect some small problems as all the staff were inexperienced. This is certainly what we found. Very seldom were there staff at the reception desk and the dining room staff had no idea how to deal with the public. The food selection for dinner and breakfast was good and diverse but simple things were forgotten each day such as butter and sugar.
The rooms were nice and well looked after but ours had a problem with the hot water, it did'nt exist and no-one was interested in fixing the problem. A cold shower in cold season is not much fun.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2009

We didn't enjoy our stay at Teak Garden - and at the end of our stay we were surprised that so many people gave this place good reviews! We must say the rooms and the setting are pretty - but that is where the good things about this place end. Our first nasty surprise was the noisy rooms. Most standard rooms are connected to the neighbouring room with a thin wooden door - so you end up hearing everything what is going on next doors. And do you really want to hear a screaming child voice and TV noise at 12am when you have to get up at 7am to go on a tour? The whole place is so badly insulated that you can hear noises from other rooms as well. Somehow we didn't expect to be sleeping with earplugs when we are staying in the resort in the middle of nowhere. Breakfast catered only for asian palate - so if you don't fancy noodles and rice for breakfast toast and some fruit was your only choice. The resort is about 10km away from the town centre - but they said there are no taxis and we were taken instead to the highway to catch a bus(!) - it was allright for the daylight but I wouldn't want to be doing this at night! The pillows were extremely high and uncomfortable - I asked for the smaller pillows and was assured that we get new pillows. Nothing happened. We complained again and finally were given comfortable pillows. All those things made sure that we were happy to leave this place behind.

  • Stayed December 2008
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Trabuco Canyon, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2008

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights on a group tour through Thailand. It was really an amazing hotel. It was our honeymoon and our entire room was decorated with beautiful flowers. The bed, the bathroom, the desk, everything had some kind of local floral arrangement on it, it was lovely.

Our favorite part of this hotel was definitely the spa. I had an aromatic massage that was wonderful!

The sounds I heard from our windows reminded me of those sounds you hear through cleverly placed speakers at amusement parks, birds chirping, the sounds of nature etc. Only, the sounds out the window are real, you hear frogs, birds, even the weird noises the geckos make. It was amazing and a truly relaxing hotel.

The Chiang Rai night market is probably my favorite in all of Thailand and the hotel front desk set us up with a car and it was all very easy. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

  • Liked — The spa and the attention to detail.
  • Disliked — There was some construction going on, but what are going to do?
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2008

We loved this hotel. Probably the most luxury you could find for the area in Chiang Rai. Not to far to the night market either. Good food abounds at the morning breakfast buffet. The day we went we had a chance to eat lunch in the restaurant - yummy! The staff was most accomadating and went out of your way to serve you with a smile!

  • Liked — The comfy bed
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
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chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2007

A group of us stayed at the Teak Garden in July 2006 and we also got a group discount for our rooms.
Hotel: The atmosphere is very asian, very beautiful. In fact the Prime Minister of Thailand has stayed in this place. It is one of the best hotels in Chiang Rai. Also note, DO NOT DRINK the water from the faucet as it is contaminated. The hotel provides 2 water bottles each day. I would recommend buying bottled water on the street.

Rooms: Really clean. They had maid service every day in the morning. There was some bugs (mosquitos and knats due to the humidity) and some geckos. For the most part we just keep our bathroom doors closed to keep the knats from coming into the rooms.

Service: The Thai people are very polite and nice. They will never show their frustration or get agitated with helping you with any of your needs. But with that note, be respectful as well. I think I locked myself out a few times one of the trips and I think by the third time, they were getting a little agitated but masking it relatively well.

Food: Continental breakfast is very bland. Do not expect Thai American Food to taste exactly like the American breakfast food in the U.S. Obviously it's going to taste a little different. The lunches and dinners are really really cheap. you can order a steak for less thatn $5USD. I would recommend going out to the local thai places to get cheaper food.

Local Food: I would say that on average you can get a good meal for less than $3USD depending on where you go. If you are paying $5-10USD, you are probably getting ripped off. There is a local university that has quite a few marketplaces to which you get fresh food and fruit. The pineapples and the dragoneyes (long ahn, part of the lychee family) are really good. If you are really adventurous, try the purple fruit (looks like a plum with a little green cap, or the dragon fruit, a pink fruit with white flesh and little seeds inside). If you don't like thai food, here are a few things you may like : Corn (they sell for 15 baht (38cents), or waffles 15 baht as well or roti (crepes). All three are vendors. Of course you have to be careful when you eat from the vendors. Also, I go to the 7-11 to grab an ice cream or a bag of asian chips.

Shopping: the NIGHT MARKET. starts at 6:30pm to 11pm. different stands. bargain, bargain, bargain. Use a calculator to bargain if you dont know how to bargin in Thai. and Boots pharmacy (UK lotion, shampoo store). Note to self: try not to bring big bills to the market because 1) they may not have change 2) you may unwittingly make yourself a target. the average day's worth of wages is $5USD. So if you're pulling out a 1,000 baht ($25USD) you are potentially opening yourself up to
less bargaining power and possible petty theft.

Massage: the best Thai massage place is right next to the night market. Close to the Swanson's ice cream shop (perpendicular to that main road). they charge $5USD for 2 hour massage. this is family oriented and not a shady massage parlors. Please note that shady massage parlors tend to have tinted windows.

Transportation: TukTuk-be careful. bargain for the price. a few dollars depending on number of people. Also, it's dangerous because you can fall out of them when they are driving so fast. also, alot of these tuktuks are old and the gas is pumping into your face as you are driving. Cabs are okay too but there are less driving laws and the cab drivers drive FAST. If you are going with a group of people i would recommend renting a van which is way cheaper. $25-30 dollars a day plus filling up their gas. May vary due to rising gas prices.

Tour Attractions:
The Queen Mother's garden. Stunning and beautiful.
The golden triangle-three countries, Thailand, Mynmar and Laos. The golden buddha is also there. All 3 countries contributed to this.
Mae Sai, cheaper goods in that little town 30 mins outside of Chiang Rai, bordering Burma.
Mae Sai mountain. Beautiful mountains but bumpy ride. If you get carsick easily, beware.
Elephant Island. You have take a boat to get to this island (1 hour boat ride to this little island to which you can ride elephants around the village trail for about $20USD per person). Beware of when you are on the boat that you dont fall into the water or get splashed in the eye or the mouth. Local story tells that a thai rock star crashed his car into the river. He not only injured himself but his brain became badly infected by the bacteria in the river. no joke.
Also, you want to buy good cheap green tea, buy it at the Chiang Rai Airport because it's guaranteed that the tea is authentic there vs in the night market which sometimes mixes the tea leaves with regular leaves.

  • Stayed July 2006
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2007

We stayed at the Teak Garden Spa for 3 nights. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. We were on a group tour and did not have private transportation. The Spa is not within walking distance from the city center and you'll need some type of transport to reach it. The breakfast buffet was adequate with mostly asian food. Our only complaint was the shower which had mold in it and the mosquitos that ate us alive while staying there. The landscape of the hotel is beautiful and the pool is small but needed on those warm days in February.

  • Liked — Beautiful teak rooms and the air conditioning
  • Disliked — Moldy showers
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2007

Recently returned from a 5 days 4 nights holiday in Chiangrai & Chiangmai staying respectively 2 nights in each of the destination.

Stayed at the Teak Garden & Spa Resort in which is located approximately about 10km or 10 minutes from the Chiangrai Bus Station and this is where the Night Bazaar is also located with a variety of shopping opportunities cum food galore.

Teak Garden & Spa Resort is a serene and authentic Thai setup accommodation offering lots of flora and greeneries situated next to Padi Fields along the road leading to Chiangrai Airport. Breakfast is pretty basic but the rooms are clean, tidy and spacious especially the Twin Bedded Rooms. Offers lots of privacy as each Villa comprises of 8 invidual rooms with 4 on each floor of the double storey building. Each floor comes with a concourse area that has a set of Teak Tables & Chairs for relaxation or entertaining of visitors instead of confining to the rooms .

For those who prefer a nice quiet accommodation away from the bustling city life, this would be a prefect choice to stay due to the location and tranquil surroundings. However, it can be quite costly to travel to and fro from the City centre as it cost Baht 150 per way.

Made the Room reservation through sawadee.com and got a good deal for both rooms.

Stayed February 2007
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Property: Teak Garden Spa Resort
Address: 155 Moo 19, International Airport Rd | Ban Du, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Chiang Rai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Chiang Rai
#8 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Rai
#10 Best Value Hotel in Chiang Rai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Teak Garden Spa Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
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