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Cat Tien National Park Tan Phu District, Tan Phu Vietnam
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#2 of 9 Specialty lodging in Tan Phu
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4.2
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3.5
Great for bed and breakfast or full full lodge experience. Forest Floor Lodge is a ecotourism lodge in a natural park and nature reserve.
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Electric vehicle charging station
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
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Business Center with Internet Access
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Bar / lounge
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Snack bar
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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24-hour front desk
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English, Vietnamese

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Summer wrote a review Jun 2021
New York City, New York111 contributions75 helpful votes
The best days of this hotel appear to be in the past. There are no bed runners, crisp white sheets or duvets, nor decorative pillows as presented in the website photos. The current state of this hotel is comparable to an unkept budget hotel rather than a luxury lodge as it advertises and prices itself to be. We saw three rooms while we were there (tented and not tented). PROS - Food is quite tasty - James, one-half of the couple who run this hotel, is an extremely knowledgeable guide! - James' wife, Mai, was very lovely and always asking us about our wellbeing - Bicycles are on site to borrow, some with baby seats - Location - right inside the park and easy access to trails - Kind staff CONS - The wooden rails on the tented room platforms are rotting away and numerous parts of the rope fencing are missing - Linens in the rooms (including the curtains) are very basic with old fashioned patterns (again, not what you see in the photos) - No face or hand towels in the bathrooms, no bathroom toiletries except a small bottle of basic liquid soap and another room had basic bar hand soap - No minibar/fridge in any rooms - Unclean rooms. A used sheet was left hanging on the bed frame, the bathroom was filled with gecko poop and used shampoo packets. Mold film lined the shower. It was clear the bathroom had not been cleaned in quite some time. -The a/c was only turned on for a few hours in the evening rather than staggered throughout the day as advertised. The rooms are not insulated from the midday heat as advertised either - they are very hot. - The baby cots we expected to have did not include mattresses. Instead, we were given piles of thick duvets to put in the cots. These were ineffective as you could still feel the ribbing of the bed frame underneath. While a few of these cons would be acceptable at a budget hotel, they are unacceptable at a hotel that advertises itself as luxury.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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pierrebD4471FP wrote a review Jun 2020
Makati, Philippines178 contributions84 helpful votes
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I ran, or rode actually, across this place. I had had a couple local hotel misfires on my visit to Cat Tien. I was seeking a peaceful idyllic view of the river, surrounded by the jungle. A place I could enjoy the sounds of the jungle waking in the morning and relax after hiking and biking through the in the evenings. When you stay outside the park on the river you may we’ll be subject to loud karaoke at night and locals having a noisy drinking session at your hotel restaurant. I bailed on that scene and transferred to the official park lodging. It offered a very simple room, no views and then I was informed that their bar and restaurant offered karaoke on occasion. Hmm I was after a peaceful commune with nature, foiled again. Well, I discovered Forest Floor lodge and transferred. As you can see from the pictures it is beautiful. So, with that said here is what you don’t readily detect looking on the internet. It is well inside the boundaries of the park, on the river and about 2km from the park headquarters. This means a peaceful environment. There are two other important notes. This location allows you to head out early on jungle trips, or go out on evening adventures. Stay outside and you can join everyone else on the first and last ferry rides. No getting into the park at 6am for your hike to Crocodile Lake. You have the place to yourself. Next is the organization running the place, scientists/naturalists. Spot an interesting bird, beast or insect and they know it and can tell you fascinating details. James in particular, a young British naturalist was a font of invaluable knowledge on routes, sights and all creatures big and small. The food is very good delicious and hearty fare to prepare you for a long March or ride and in the evenings when you are hungry from your adventures. Both Vietnamese and Western Farr was excellent. My glam ping “tent” with tiled bathroom with hot water, AC and comfy bed was a fantastic place to have morning tea or relax overlooking the river in the evenings. I’ve been fortunate to visit many places including jungles. This experience was some very memorable and special. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Maxine D wrote a review Jan 2020
Asheville, North Carolina5 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed in a comfortable well appointed platform tent with a deck overlooking the river. The lodge with delicious meals, lovely deck, comfortable sofas was close by. The staff, Abbi , loannis and Ka tu yem are kind, helpful and very knowledgeable about the surrounding jungle and its varied and diverse ecology. The lodge operation is based on sound practices of sustainability. The food is great. An upgrade of the bicycles would be nice and maybe some hammocks. The birding is spectacular.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Ken M wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia24 contributions5 helpful votes
There is a lot to like about Forest Floor Lodge. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We had Abi do several walks with us and she was excellent. The food is good. We stayed in the tents, which were very good. We probably had higher expectations of seeing more animals than what we did. The gibbon rehabilitation centre was closed when we were there and the dawn gibbon guided walk was booked out for two weeks, which was disappointing (it would hav e been good to be forewarned that we needed to book so far ahead). While the bear rehabilitation centre was excellent, there wasn’t lots of other animals around during our walks. But it was still a good place to go and we’d recommend Forest Floor.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Udo K wrote a review Nov 2019
Germany1 contribution
For those who expect 5 star level in the jungle, stay away. For those (especially city slickers) who look for a true experience in the nature, go. Board and lodging absolutely OK for a jungle lodge in a developping country. If you want nature and 5 star level, go to an overpriced lodge in South Africa. A must is a guided walk in the jungle. Hear and watch monkeys, birds, snails, all kind of insects etc. Ask for James as your tour guide. The Britishman has been living there for 6 years to explore insects and plants and how everything is connected to one another in jungle life. The man is a walking encyclopaedia. The passion with which he explains the mysteries of mother nature to "ignorant tourists" is contagiuos. Wouldn´t be surprised if he holds someday a chair for zoology at a renowned university in England or the US. Plan to stay for more than one day. So you have an chance to visit the Bear Rescue Center. Poor gall bears and other exotic species which were freed from captivity or from fools who kept them as trophy animals under inappropriate conditions, are treated there and prepared for a life in freedom. Heartbreaking. And, finally, if you are looking for a real down to earth experience, stay one night in the camp at Crocodile Lake. Attention: You sleep in a room which resembles a prison cell, have dinner which is prepared by rangers on an open fireplace ,enjoy a gorgeous sunset, get up at 5.00 am, walk in the jungle again and listen how its inhabitants wake up. Would give 6 stars, if possible. t
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Date of stay: October 2019
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stevensues wrote a review Oct 2019
Wadhurst, United Kingdom4 contributions3 helpful votes
The staff at Forest Lodge were friendly and helpful. James our guide was very informative and we enjoyed his trek. However the website depicts a luxury lodge, with full amenities. This is most definitely not the case. We stayed in one of the rapid tents and whilst the views and location are stunning the fabric of the surroundings and state of the tent is not. Whilst trying to photograph the tent my husband leant on the rail, which ran around the balcony. The rail was so loose and connected to a rotten upright, both gave way and he fell backwards off the balcony. He fell 6 feet into the jungle below, landing on his head. He was LUCKY not to kill himself. There was no medical kit at the lodge and so I had to patch him up as best I could. The staff repaired the rail by nailing it back to the rotten upright and wired the snapped rope back together. This could easily happen again and the next person could have a serious injury or kill them selves. There appears to have been no investment since the lodge opened. Although the food was good, most of the very limited menu was not available. The bar was not stocked, there was no hot water, the pillows were like bricks and badly stained. The website even says there is a mini bar in your tent, which is also untrue. I am angry because the website sells this as a luxury stay which it obviously isn’t. The website needs to be changed with more recent photos to reflect it’s current state or alternatively the prices lowered. I feel the owners are only concerned with taking your money and not investing in their property. It’s a shame as the staff are lovely and the location fantastic. If you want basic accommodation in a beautiful setting then this is what you will get. Do not be fooled by the website.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: This is not a luxury stay, but budget.
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Monica Franklin wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom12 contributions4 helpful votes
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We loved our time here. Yes the price is a bit high compared to the rest of Vietnam but is the location and views that you pay for. This is an experience for animal lovers, who are laid back and are mainly interested in natural beauty and animals. We went into hike with James who is an English academic who is passionate about local fauna. He shared so much of his knowledge with our 9 year old who is obsessed with spiders and snakes. The owner was very helpful and communicated well with us organising transfers and trips with the national park in advance. All of the staff on the lodge were friendly and helpful, especially Catherine. It could do with better mattresses!! Totally recommend it for animal lovers!!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Mark S wrote a review May 2019
Palm Springs, California173 contributions89 helpful votes
Two nights/three days at the Forest Floor Lodge in Nam Cat Tien National Park in April. It was hot, muggy, somewhat hard to get to … and we absolutely loved the experience because it was so different from everything else we did in Vietnam. The sights and sounds of the forest were incredible: beautiful speciosa trees and many other plants; birds; cicadas (massive waves of cicadas flying and singing at 90+ db); gorgeous sunrises across the rapids of the Dong Nai River; golden-cheeked gibbons calling in Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Center. In the morning, the gibbons make an incredibly loud sound like sirens, so loud that we initially thought there was truly an emergency somewhere. We stayed in one of the river-view tents and felt it was absolutely worth the splurge. The proprietors and staff were very friendly and gracious, the food was delicious, and you actually have a private bathroom – a bit primitive, of course, but perfectly adequate, and our room even came with a personal gecko in the shower cabinet that was so loud at times I about jumped out of my skin. I concur with the other reviewer who wondered why some reviewers don’t manage their expectations given the location of Forest Floor Lodge in the middle of a tropical forest/jungle. (FYI, if you stay in the little village near park headquarters, it will be considerably less expensive and there will probably be considerably more noise from the bar(s) and karaoke there.) I’m sure that visiting this park (and staying at this lodge) aren’t for everyone, and if you go, make sure you are prepared for the right type of weather. But if you’re up for a little adventure and exercise, it makes for a great experience.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Get one of the river-view tents for a private deck where you can watch the sunrise and listen to...
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MK1Barry wrote a review Mar 2019
Barry136 contributions158 helpful votes
I do not understand some of the critical reviews. Well, this is a LODGE, not a hotel. All the lodges I have stayed in in different continents, all share the same problems: As they are, by definition, far away from civilisation, they do not have facilities like constant electricity, all the food has to be ‘imported’, the staff has to live on situ, and there are all kinds of nice and not so nice animals around – and there is very little competition. That means, you have to do with less comfortable conditions, while the price is quite high. Also, all the animals you WANT to see, may not be around on the day you visit… If you do not like that, you should book into a deluxe hotel and watch a David Attenborough video – you will be cool, no insects around, guaranteed great animal viewing, full minibar and maybe even cheaper… For nature crazies like me, I loved this place. This lodge has hot water for showering available all day, now and then there is electricity for the fridge, the fan and even air conditioning (maybe that’s why they call it ‘luxury’, which is a bit , well…), and amazing food. It was clean, and the staff was very nice. We saw one hornbill, king fishers and some monkeys, and we heard the frightening obscene sound of the Tokay lizard all night (you won’t believe it, listen to it on the internet. You do not really need to book a tour, you can easily find tracks to walk all around, and you can rent a bike to go further away. However, the boat trip is really nice. We loved it!
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Sleep in one of the "tents" whose veranda overlooks the river - fantastic views
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Roving626597 wrote a review Feb 2019
Ben Tre, Vietnam5 contributions1 helpful vote
Accommodation was average , some upgrading needed to reflect price paid. Location stunning with wonderful views of the river. Lovely area to sit with cool beer and watch twilight nature events. Food was reasonable but not as outstanding as other outlets. Highlight of the trip was the expert guiding from James and Abby . Their knowledge and enthusiasm was outstanding and we learnt more than anticipated about the local wildlife. Also enjoyed trip to bear and gibbon rehabilitation centre.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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$100 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
VietnamDong Nai ProvinceTan Phu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Forest Floor Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Forest Floor Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Cat Tien Park (1.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Forest Floor Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Forest Floor Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Forest Floor Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Forest Floor Lodge?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
Does Forest Floor Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Forest Floor Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Forest Floor Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Forest Floor Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Forest Floor Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Forest Floor Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Vietnamese.
Does Forest Floor Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.