Bamboo Architecture: Kontum Indochine Cafe in Vietnam


Designed as part of a hotel complex by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the Kontum Indochine Cafe serves breakfast, dinner and tea to hotel guests. A serene and zen-like structure, it is entirely supported by bamboo.

There are 15 bamboo posts/pillars that make it seem as though you are in the middle of a bamboo jungle. (Although in reality, they are made to emulate the traditional Vietnamese fishing basket.) The shallow artificial lake surrounding the cafe, combined with the open air sides make the idea of air conditioning moot – it is air-conditioned by nature.

What a glorious place to enjoy the first coffee of the day or a relaxing tea in the afternoon. Or even better – what a place to get married! The cafe can be rented as a banquet hall for weddings (or meetings) and the hotel can be used as accommodations for your guests.

There are three islands in the middle of the lake and when night falls, the landscape lighting makes this a truly romantic location.

If Vietnam is on your bucket list of places to travel to, be sure to stop at Kotum City, on the Dakbla River and give this place a try!


The cafe is romantic at night with the lighting and the trees.


The bamboo supports are designed like Vietnamese fishing baskets.


15 bamboo supports hold up the roof.


Cool air across the artificial lake means no need for air conditioning.


More information: Vo Trong Nghia

Written by Beverley Wood

Beverley Wood has lived on boats in Toronto and Vancouver and in an old hacienda in Mexico. She knows funky when she sees it. She's been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen and has never shied away from the unusual or the whimsical. Her love of the unique (and sometimes bizarre) led her to Captivatist.