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Reviewed May 30, 2017

My friend and I spent the Dragon Boat long weekend at the Giggling Tree. We found the stay to be marvellous in all respects except one (which the Giggling Tree could not control).

The good points are: 1) the location is superb - it is next to farmland, out of Yangshuo which has become a little touristy and nasty, but not so far that you can't go in for activities. 2) the rooms are very comfortable - good size, clean, very comfortable beds with a nicely renovated simple bathroom. 3) the courtyard is perfect for sitting, reading, drinking and eating and lends an almost European feel to the spot. The food is simple, not amazing but pretty good and very fairly priced. 4) The pool is welcome relief after a hot day and serves its purpose. 5) The Giggling Tree is terrific at organising activities but also not being on your back - transfers from Guilin were sorted easily, and booking tickets for the lightshow and bamboo rafting was a breeze. 6) They have wonderful bike rental and little suggested bike rides through farmland and countryside. This was the highlight of our stay - seeing the farmlands and hidden villages via bike and really getting of the beaten track. Giggling Tree made it super easy.

The only downside was that there were a LOT of children staying while we there. We are far from anti-kids, but being woken at 7.30am to playing/screaming children was not ideal for a long weekend rest. It made it difficult to feel serene. Frankly, we were of the view that the parents ought have done more to control children in a shared space (ie not allowing them to blow trumpets in the early am or next to other diners). It is a small gripe, and one which the Giggling Tree can do nothing about, but more a warning that if you're on a honeymoon, or otherwise not fond of children, you may be disappointed. I should also note that it may just be a result of us going on a long weekend.

Overall: This is a genuinely tremendous spot. Well priced, unpretentious, helpful without being stifling, friendly to a fault and generally just a really great place to go. It comes highly recommended (and I already have done so to friends).

  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 5, 2017

My children & I enjoyed our 3 nights at The Giggling Tree. A beautiful quaint renovated farmhouse with great atmosphere and the kids loved the pool.
Excellent staff, very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed making use of the bikes and the photo guidebooks were very helpful when cycling around the area - a great idea for guests.
Room was comfy and spacious but a little noisy. Food was good, but I was a bit surprised that we needed to pay extra for butter when ordering toast. There was also a charge for pool towels, which I only found out when checking my bill. All in all I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are noisier as right next to the courtyard where guests eat meals.
  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile

Arrived after one night stay in Guilin city
We had a taxi come and pickup
All arranged by the giggling tree
We had a great 6 day stay
Supported through all the different adventures we asked for.
Food here was very good as well many different choices and great taste.
Spoke often with the staff and owners all very friendly and supportive
Highly recommend if u want adventures and see a piece of real China this is place to stay

Stayed: April 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2017

Our guide brought us at the Giggling Tree for lunch. We appreciated the lunch and the place. We had burgers which were tasty and the price was okay. The place is well managed by a Dutch and would like to come again to the guesthouse.

Stayed: April 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

Certainly, the Giggling Tree is deserving of five stars! From the moment we first contacted the Giggling Tree, staff responded quickly and efficiently to any of our queries. The property itself is beautiful: renovated farmhouses surrounding a lovely courtyard - perfect for meals or a drink.

The staff have also put together sets of picture books which will guide you through the countryside on bikes you can rent on site. Not only were the tours delightful, but the bikes were well-maintained and perfectly suited for the surrounding terrain.

Be aware that this is a family-friendly property: in fact, kids run the roost. Nonetheless, there are a few nooks and crannies where you can escape the noise and enjoy the stunning scenery with a beer.

As far as activities in the area, we really enjoyed biking around and bamboo rafting. However, the water show was a bit of a disappointment: it was sloppy and certainly not up to the design of its creator.

Also, be aware that airport pickups entail an inevitable waiting fee, which appears to be charged from the moment your plane lands, for it will take at least 30 minutes to exit the airport after an international arrival.

  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Thanh M
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