Couldn't speak more highly of the staff and the facilities at this resort. It is simple and basic but comfortable and homely.
The family who run the resort are incredibly friendly and down to earth. Mr Vung and co' were very helpful when we were arranging onward travel and gave us all the information we needed for the national park.
The river front huts look directly across the river to the park and are a lovely vantage point during the sunset.
The huts themselves are perfectly equipped for modern living with multisockets, large fans, tiled bathrooms with proper flushing toilets, sinks and even hot water!
Breakfasts were a choice of baguette with eggs or Vietnamese rice/noodle offerings.
All in all, a very pleasant stay. Relaxing and calm. Exactly what we needed after weeks on the road.
One final note about getting there...
The internet is sketchy and has very little in the way of information about getting to the national park from highway 20 (the most popular route between Dalat and Saigon)
Guide books don't seem to offer much relief either so here is my best advice...
It appears that both Saigon and Dalat operate a public bus which stops just outside the resort. when booking your travel, make sure you ask for a public bus and emphasize the point. We did this, but still ended up on a Sinh Tourist bus for twice the price. When we arrived at Tan Phu (24km east of Cat tien) our only option was to pay another 240,000d for a motorbike ride there. While the drive was incredibly beautiful and a worthwhile experience in itself, the need to 'overspend' is completely avoidable. As we found out too late!
That said, if you do hire a motorbike driver, make sure you haggle. They will quote 400,000d for 2 people when really the ride is worth about 200,000 for two people tops. Have a bit of fun with the drivers, they're usually nice guys just trying to make a living.
Hope this sheds some light.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family-owned, modern resort with free-standing bungalows; each room with private bathroom, fridge, fan or AC, twin or double beds with mosquito nets, situated on a spacious area on the riverbank equipped with seating accommodations and hammocks whence you can enjoy the picturesque view over the river and surrounding woods; spacious open-air dining area under bamboo roof. ... more less
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