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“Green Bamboo Lodge is excellent - Cat Tien isn't”
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Green Bamboo Lodge
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Green Bamboo Lodge is excellent - Cat Tien isn't”
Reviewed March 14, 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.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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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
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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
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Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

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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China
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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
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We are a family with 2 kids (8 and 10) and were glad we had the opportunity to stay at the green Bamboo Lodge. Mr Vung arranged a pick up from HCMC airport for a very reasonable price with an experienced driver in a sturdy and safe car. The place is so peaceful and quiet, just opposite the narural park (just a 3 minute ferry and you are in), with lots of good opportunities for biking, hiking, boat trips, car rides and of course animal spotting. The owner , Mr Vung, is an experienced guide and can give all possible tips and advices you need for your trips in the park. He and his staff are very helpfull and provide very nice food. The rooms are made from bamboo (but there is also a bungalow available) , have 2 large beds (for 4 persons) and are really cosy yet have all things you need. The views over the river are spectacular.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Leeds
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in November 2013, and echo all of the other comments regarding the fabulous location, great value for money and the incredible way in which we were looked after by Vung and his family.

As with other travellers, Vung helped us with our transfer from Saigon (we would recommend the Phuong Trang sleeper bus and then taxi arranged by Vung), and our onward travel to Mui Ne. There were so many "above and beyond" touches including free ice creams and local insect spray delivered to the lodge, delicious food with free breakfasts and desserts, and organising our gibbon trek, trip to the gibbon sanctuary and boats to and from the national park. The lodge had everything we needed, including unlimited hot water, and there is a great communal area where we spent our evenings with Vung and his family, the other guests - and the resident pets, especially Steve the cat!

The park itself was lovely - we hired bikes one day, and did the gibbon trek the other. The trek involves a very early start and a lot of walking, but we did get to see a mother, father and baby gibbon in the wild, which was amazing. We would also recommend visiting the sanctuary, they do good work and we were happy to support it.

When we first arrived at green bamboo, we were slightly nervous that 3 nights may be too long. Yet this turned out to be our favourite part of the trip and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Green Bamboo Lodge
Address: Hemlet 4, Nam Cat Tien ward, Tan Phu district, Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Lam Dong Province > Cat Tien National Park
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Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 10 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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