We stayed there for 2 nights, the lodge created a good balance between nature and modern living, bright and clean room with tropical trees around. We had our dinner for 2 nights there, amazing food especially for the barbecue set, and we're all very impressed by the half day tour booked by the lodge as well, We went on a boat and visited the local guide's home for lunch, plus a lovely bike ride around the village. Also, the host of the lodge, Loan is very attentive and nice, she shared her medicines with us as we needed help.
Be prepared for the country and you’ll have a relaxing time. Pros: - Martin and Loan are kind and thoughtful hosts. Their family is very smiley, from grandma to little Phillip. - The grounds are clean and presentable. - It’s very safe and (mostly) budget friendly. - Ruby, the farm dog, is friendly and nice. The free-range chickens are neat & a source of fresh eggs for breakfast. - Free loaner bikes are great. Rides through the countryside are relaxing & it’s a short, easy ride into town. In Cai Be, you’ll find great Pho, good site seeing and a decent market. Cons: - Just as the name clearly says, they grow Durian fruit. Trees are all around the bungalows. So, be prepared for a very strong smell whenever the sun shines & be prepared for lots of flies who are attracted to the fruit trees. They harmless and non-biting, but their constant presence is annoying. - Be prepared to stay on a plantation. This is much closer to a ‘farm’ than ‘hotel’. There are many non-aggressive bugs. We encountered a roach in our room 2 out of 3 nights, and a spider in the shower. You are in the country, so everything shuts down when the sun goes down...except for a neighbor who sings karaoke loudly and poorly. At times, it was quiet and peaceful, so ideal reading conditions. Be prepared for no TV or WiFi in room. There is good WiFi at the main house. The drawback of being at the house are the bugs, which the owner honestly described upfront as “aggressive bitters”. Even with the bug spray (provided complimentary) and flypaper and burning bug repellent, my wife and I had a dozen itchy bites after the second evening. - Keep your luggage & bags closed! We thought we had diligently done this - to avoid crawling hitchhikers. But as we packed up, my wife found a live roach inside her bag. - Food is tasty and fresh, but it is very expensive. By this I mean, we paid more for meals (which included a few alcoholic drinks) than for lodging. The ladies in the kitchen make delicious omelets and dinners. We paid substantially less for meals at 4-star hotels. But you’re in the countryside here. Unless you bike into town, this is the only place to eat meals. Mixture of Pro & Con: - The open air shower is a surprising gem. Yes, it’s really open to the sky. Yes, there will be leaves and wood and crawling visitors in it each morning...and sometimes in the middle of the night. Yes, you can look up and see the moon while on the toilet, or brushing your teeth. But the water is warm after a few minutes, everything works and they clean the debris away daily. - the in-room A/C and oscillating fan cool the room nicely, even with the non-sealed windows and doors...and the intentional big hole in the bathroom roof over the shower. - The high-quality mosquito nets around the bed is a lifesaver! But it doesn’t keep out the tiny black particles (seeds?) that fall from the palm leaf ceiling whenever it rains or the wind blows.…
The lodge is away from more well-trodden tourist paths but close enough to things worth seeing. This makes for an excellent combination; we could relax and recharge with the staff providing a warm welcome, excellent food and attending to anything we needed. We did a half day tour, arranged through the Lodge with Vu our guide. He was superb! We took in a market, had boat trips (large and small) and a cycle tour. All excellent. The Lodge is simple yet stylish with a comfortable air-conditioned room and a decent bathroom with a shower. It's got beautiful surroundings. I'd recommend it to couples seeking an adventure in the Mekong.
Only stayed for a night, but this place was a lovely taste of Mekong life. The Lodge arranged us a private car from HCM at $55 each way (2 hours), with a motorbike taxi for the last kilometre. The location is very tranquil up a little path. Room was basic, but clean and modern with an open-roofed shower. Food was tasty and freshly made - eggs and wonderful tropical fruit for breakfast, spring rolls to snack on, and a good a la carte selection for dinner. Highlight of our stay was a half-day Mekong tour with Vu (booked through the Lodge). I was not a confident cyclist so they arranged a motorbike taxi just for me. Our guide was very entertaining, and there was no hard-sell of souvenirs etc, just a varied and interesting insight into Mekong life. Well-recommended.
We only stayed 2 days and one night. Wonderful venue with great accomodation, amazing food and exceptional hospitality. Cant recommend it highly enough. The extra effort to design and deliver a unique and boutique hotel experience makes this a wonderful homestay experience with all the comforts one could ask for. Enjoyed cycling around the area and visiting the local town for markets and meals. All the directions on how to reach the hotel and great tips provided by the web site were perfect for travelling there from Ho Chi Min and back.