I booked a tour for my team (18 people) for our last team building of 2 days. Here are my requirements while booking:
1. Trekking in the forest with some collective games
2. Having the whole woody house for the team as we would have private activities
3. Quiet place
Here is the organization:
1. Trekking was not at all in the forest. Games were so boring
2. The house area was under construction: it is noisy, dusty and we have the share the woody house. There were only 2 fans (1 didn’t work) for everybody.
3. As that were the construction site, the excavator were working outside while we have the meeting in the house, it was so noisy and I insisted many time so that they could stop.
I had the debriefing with the owner (Hieu, the director), I told him that he should not organize this tour because of the construction area, otherwise he should inform me in advance to check if we agreed with the construction condition before we signed the contract and made the full payment (the construction should be started few weeks before our contract signing). I was so disappointed when he told me “ We informed you when you were in the bus to this place”. He gave us no choice, he informed us on the bus and it was too late for us to change anything (payment was already made).
Great location with good service, the host is super friendly and helpful. Highly recommended for a 2-3 day trip. We arrived Ba Dat homestay for our Tet vacation escape out of the hustle city of Saigon and it was such a great treat for 4 of us. Love the vibe of a tranquil countryside and the trek into the wood was awesome. All dogs are friendly too and well-behaved. Definitely come back some time.
Ba Dat Homestay, by accident I got here for weekend. The owner, Hieu Nguyen is a young explorer, with nonstop passion discovering his area till he was a little boy. When grew up, he was fighting to destroy then rebuild his house, turning to woody house and named after his Mother name, Ba Dat Homestay. With his childhood experience and passion, there is no one on earth understanding this area more than he does. Be his guests, and he will take you go through every hill, forest, mountain or river and get unforgetable memories in a true local life. If you are addicted of biking, hiking, trekking and love travelling with real local, you would love this place and would find the amazing stories to bring back home to remember Vietnam as it is.
What a relief to arrive here by night after the busy city of Saigon. We had a really good diner served when we arrived. I enjoyed that everything was made by the owner.
We were lucky to be the only two guests so we head the whole beautifull room by ourselves. I love how the light came in trough the pieces of bamboo.
We had a wonderful time last weekend.. We went fishing, did cycling around the forest and in the evening we had some beers, BBQ and played a funny game to celebrate a friend's birthday.. It was so much fun. Hieu is a awesome guy, great host, friendly and always took good care of us.. He made our best time and we will come back for sure
We went there for a mountain bike trip. Nice trails in the country side. Nice guide (Hieu).
Lunch was like sitting in a local family with Hieu's mother cooking. 90 minutes drive from HCMC center.
They also do bird watching.
If you want a real insight on Vietnam, try it.
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I joined Hieu's jungle biking tour few times as a photographer and had the opportunity to stay in Kingfisher Nest during those tours. Every stay was a unique experience, from the greet of Hieu and his mother to the happy dogs (actually they would bark at you at the beginning) to the food we had at the Nest and the morning glance at this place, all were so good. Not much to say, but I really enjoy my stay there. Would highly recommend it if you have a heart for nature.
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