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Green Bamboo Lodge
Hemlet 4, Nam Cat Tien ward, Tan Phu district, Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hoi An
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Exactly what we wanted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

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.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed here in a bungalow for 2 nights. We have no negative things to say about this stay, but a lot of positives. Incredibly friendly, helpfull and considerate staff. 200 meters to the national park entrance. They have a restaurant and a little bar hanging over the river at around 3 meters height with very nice view of the river and jungle outskirts. Nice wifi, fan and hot water. The bathroom walls and floor are tiled, but the rest of the bungalow is entirely made of bamboo, a genuine jungle experience for us. There are mosqito nets in good condition for the beds, a must since it is right next to the jungle and there are the unavoidable insects like spiders, didnt see any big ones though. Two or three of the bungalows are riverside and since the national park is right in the other side of the river it was a fantastic view and amazing display of animal sound in the morning. One morning we got up at 5 am to see and hear the jungle wake up, so nice experience sitting at the hanging bar and in front of our bungalow, we can recommend that. We didnt know how to get there from Saigon, so we just emailed mr. Vung and he wrote a long email back to us giving us 3 or 4 alternative ways to get there. We chose the option to book a Sihn tourist bus to dalat and ask them to drop us of where mr. Vung told us. He arranged a car to and from that place. A slight warning about this alternative though, nothing to do with the hotel or Mr. Vung, if anything it was the busdrivers fault. Have a phone with you, either with vietnamese simcard or one from home with internstional calls allowed : The Sihn tourist bus dropped us off the wrong place, where there were some motorbike drivers, they hassled us quite a lot and tried to scam us. They gave me a cellhone, and the man in the phone said he was Mr Vung and that we should go with the motorbikes. When we called up the real Mr Vung at the phonenumber we had from our booking confirmation, he sent his driver to come and get us there. Good thing we had a vietnamese sim card. Mr. Vung has worked in the national park and therefore knows alot about the area and the way the park is "run". He gave us very informative advice about what to see in the park and information/help with bookings. He borrowed us his SD card for our camera and his lovely staff took it upon themselves to copy our 2 gigs of pictures from our SD card to our USB on one of their laptops, since they didnt have a computer for the guests at the time. And we didnt even have to ask, they are so helpful and considerate. Would recommend to everybody, wish we could have stayed much longer.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The staff at the Lodge are helpful and kind. The family running the Lodge have established a nice getaway here: beautiful and peaceful. Spacious huts, beds have mosquito nets, doors can be locked. The Lodge is literally next door to Cat Tien National Park (just across a river with no bridge), but getting here from Saigon is difficult if you carry luggage that cannot fit on a motorbike taxi. Nearest public bus stop is Tan Phu, 24 km away. The local car taxi company speaks no English; when we called, he said "no English" and hung up. It took 4 calls until the taxi company agreed to send a taxi.

The park was disappointing. We were going on the Gibbon Trek tour at 4 AM. When the boatman didn't turn up (so we couldn't get to the park), the staff at Green Bamboo woke up and helped us.

Why isn't this a 5/5 review, then? Because Cat Tien - the park, the town - isn't ready for tourists yet. The area's infrastructure is very low (as of 2014): a bridge to the park and a stable mode of transportation here would do wonders.

The people running the park seemed hostile to tourists: refused to cater us in restaurants, suddenly 20-doubled bicycle rent. However, if/when the park improves, Green Bamboo Lodge will be THE place to stay near Cat Tien.

Room Tip: All of the huts/rooms seemed nice and unique in their own way.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is lliek being at one with nature, luxury does not exist! The lodges are basic but clean and tidy - lacking in wardrobes/hanging space/drawers/bedside table etc and the amenities are rudimentary to say the least. But it makes up for this in charm. We used the resident guide Tim for a walk in the rain-forest on our first night, and also a boat trip up the river to visit the local tribal village - he is excellent and I would personally recommend him to anyone. We also went over to the park for a trip to Monkey island and the bear sanctuary which was well worth doing - I also went on the 0430 Gibbon trek which was great - but as I was not staying on the island within the park I found it very difficult to get the boat back across from the island afterwards...
The food was basic but very tasty - I ended up asking the cook to do chicken in 5 spice with pineapple rice - which was not on the menu - and I loved it.... and the ginger tea they made us on our first night after we got caught in the torrential storm (aptly named rain-forest) was amazing and stopped us catching a chill. This place will go from strength to strength and I would definitely visit again. I wish Vung his family and Tim all the best (Fritha and Alex)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The Green Bamboo lodge is a family run lodge with only a few bamboo huts and one common room which sleeps 4. The bamboo huts are entirely made of bamboo which makes privacy limited, but the outdoor experience better. The bed is covered by a musquitonet to all bugs and musquitos are kept away when you sleep. Food is at the lodge good (even people from the green hope lodge came here to eat), and the lemonade and ice coffee's are amazing! The best is the service. The people at the lodge are so friendly, and help you with anything you want. Would definately recommend staying here!

Room Tip: Don't take a bigger size room, as this is not neccesary.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The Netherlands
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We stayed there for 3 nights, my husband had a great time birdwatching and I enjoyed biking and hiking in the National park which is right in front of the Lodge. The staff was more than helpful, they did their best to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Food was very nice and I loved the chips and fried noodles the most. Also ice coffee and lemon water were really refreshing after returning from a long walk in the jungle. Thanks, mr Vung and co, for a great time in your lodge!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

If you prefer glamping to truly roughing it, this is the option for you. Green Bamboo Lodge provides an eco-experience with a degree of comfort and friendly advice. Mr. Vung is a former park guide and the bird watching guests seemed to appreciate his knowledge. The resort consists of simply-designed bungalows with its own power, solar hot water supply and wi-fi. We initially booked for two nights but enjoyed the experience so much that we stayed for three.
The resort is located on the river, directly opposite the National Park. It is a three minute walk to the ferry (US$2 return trip) which is a mini-adventure in itself. On one of our ferry trips, my partner had to help lift a motorbike that was being transported over to the mainland. Mr. Vung, the resort owner, has built a roughly-hewn deck over the river which is delightful for drinks and bird-watching in the afternoon. The resort is only a ten minute walk from a small village with a market and shops should you need any supplies (chocolates, deodorants, batteries, sunscreen, aloe vera cream, hat.....)
This small resort is a work in progress. As Mr.Vung earns more money, he builds slightly better bungalows so do ask about options, depending on how much you do (or don't) want to commune with nature.
We had the delightful experience of staying in one of the oldest bungalows. This is minimalism at its best. The bathroom is modern and tiled (plenty of hot water) but the rest of the bungalow is traditional with bamboo slats and a thatched roof. Even in winter, we found it to be warm enough at night and cool during the day. In the mornings, we were woken by the calls of the birds and gibbons. The sum total of nature that actually made it through the slats into our room were six ants, one daddy long legs spider and a cute little bamboo-coloured frog that hopped away while we were getting the camera. There is a mosquito net provided but we had no problem as this is the dry season. The bed is also made of bamboo and has a thin mattress. If you need a softer option, let Mr. Vung know before you come.
Mr. Vung's family cooks breakfast (eggs and baguettes are the western choice) and any other meals you request. Meals can be eaten at the open communal dining area, in your bungalow or on the river deck. The food is delicious, wholesome and farm-fresh. The menu has a range of rice, noodle, meat and vegetarian dishes. The costs are ridiculously low.
We had the opportunity to see the other accommodation options during our stay and we were very happy with our choice. The other lodges on this side of the river looked fine but they are further from the ferry and less atmospheric. The village in the National Park itself has a lot of different types of accommodation as well as administration offices and staff quarters.There are a lot of unappealing concrete buildings and at times it was quite noisy (chainsaws cutting trees to make a path, large groups arriving). There is also a luxury lodge in the National Park which is a decent twenty minute walk from the administration centre so people are often transferred by golf cart. We ate lunch there one day and the setting and food was absolutely lovely but much more expensive than Green Bamboo Lodge.
If you catch a local bus from Dalat or Saigon, it terminates at the path to Green Bamboo Lodge. It is a three minute walk past a small farm (chickens and cows) to the resort. Most guide books tell you to catch an intercity bus and take a motorcycle from the highway. This really isn't necessary and a motorcycle taxi was recently involved in a fatal accident involving a foreigner. From Saigon, you can catch a bus from Mien Dong (Bến xe Miền Đông) bus station. Buy your ticket at window 4 or 5.
In summary, this is a rustic, family-run resort which provides a chance to go back to basics. Mr. Vung himself speaks good English but the rest of his family only understand simple phrases. This experience isn't for those who prefer five star facilities and don't like camping. You will need a torch to help you get back to your bungalow in the evenings and good walking shoes for the National Park. For us, this was truly a unique and memorable experience.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hemlet 4, Nam Cat Tien ward, Tan Phu district, Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Lam Dong Province > Cat Tien National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Cat Tien National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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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