Hotel Review: Victoria Can Tho Resort Vietnam

Can Tho, known as the rice basket of Vietnam, is located 170 km from Ho Chi Minh City and is the largest city in the Mekong Delta Region. Can Tho is a bustling city located on the Hau River, which is a tributary of the mighty Mekong River. Imagine a countryside of terraced rice fields with rivers and canals winding through the lush fields and small wooden traditional boats and sampans plying their trade. You lazily sail past wooden rickety homes where families have lived a simple life on the Delta for aeons.

For many years the Mekong Delta had been a dream of ours and high on our bucket list.  We did not want to spend a day trip from Ho Chi Minh, as we felt that such a short time would not do this region of Vietnam justice, in fact, we spent 3 nights in the region but we should have planned at least a week.

Top on our list was to cruise the rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta and visit the floating markets and the villages along the way and enjoying the local cuisine.

During 2019  Air Asia had added Can Tho to its network of Vietnamese flights.  Their marketing campaign was impressive and we believed that Can Tho would be the next ‘top’ destination.

After spending nearly 3 months in Vietnam travelling from top to bottom, the Mekong Delta was our last Vietnamese experience with Victoria Hotels and Victoria Voyages. During those 3 months we travelled with both Victoria Hotels and Victoria Voyages who belong to one of Asia’s leading integrated travel and hospitality groups – TMG.

Our time in the Mekong Delta was hosted by Victoria Hotels.  As always, our opinions are our own.

Our first night in the Mekong Delta was spent at the Victoria Can Tho Resort and what a perfect location to start our adventure.

We had allowed 3 nights in the region to experience Can Tho and Chau Doc before heading into Cambodia on a speed boat from Chau Doc.  In hindsight, we should have allowed 2 nights in Can Tho and 3 nights in Chau Doc, maybe even more.

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Our Review of Victoria Can Tho Resort

Entrance to Victoria Can Tho Resort

The sweeping driveway through lush tropical gardens to the Victoria Can Tho Resort

A few minutes from the centre of Can Tho is the luxurious 4-star Victoria Can Tho Resort.  It was nothing short of impressive as you entered the large manicured grounds and arrived at the entrance. Our bags were whisked away and we were ushered to the Reception Area and their very comfortable over-sized lounges where we were offered a refreshing drink.

Our eyes wandered to the swimming pool and tropical lush gardens in front of us and beyond was the sparkling Hau River. Management and staff greeted us warmly and we were offered a neck massage after our journey.  Who could not resist such personalised service?

Accommodation

Our deluxe bedroom at the Victoria Can Tho Hotel

Our very comfortable Deluxe Bedroom with balcony

The Victoria Can Tho Resort has 92 French-inspired colonial rooms and suites. Our Deluxe Room was extremely comfortable and we loved the oversized writing desk and the sofa that was included.  We had great views out over the swimming pool and lush gardens to the Hau River from our balcony. Our Queen Size bed was so comfortable with top quality linen sheets. The decor of our room was influenced by the French Colonial Period of Vietnam and colours from the Mekong Delta. A nice touch was the basket of local fruits waiting for us on the coffee table.

Superior Rooms

  • 28 superior rooms
  • writing desk
  • sofa
  • 28 sqm
  • airconditioning
  • ceiling fan
  • colour cable TV
  • mini bar
  • coffee and tea making facilities

Deluxe Rooms

  • 56 deluxe rooms
  • writing desk
  • sofa
  • 28 sqm
  • balcony with either garden view or pool view
  • air conditioning
  • ceiling fan
  • colour cable TV
  • mini bar
  • coffee and tea making facilities

Suite Rooms

  • The luxurious suite at the Victoria Can Tho Resort

    The luxurious 2 room suite (8 in total) at the Victoria Can Tho Resort

    8 Suite Rooms

  • Spacious living area
  • 2 Balconies
  • 63 sqm
  • Sofa, armchairs and writing desk
  • Complimentary refillable daily mini-bar
  • Complimentary 4 pieces of laundry/day
  • colour cable TV
  • air-conditioning
  • ceiling fan
  • coffee and tea making facilities

Restaurants and Bars

Spices Restaurant

Victoria Can Tho Resort

Spices Restaurant for all day dining

From breakfast to dinner the Spices Restaurant offers all-day indoor and outdoor dining.

Cuu Long Bar

The Cuu Long Bar takes you back to the French Colonial period with its decor and semi-open air location. The Bar is perfect for a relaxing drink after sightseeing or a game of pool.

Facilities

The Victoria Can Tho Resort offers:

  • 2 outdoor swimming pools
  • fitness centre
  • kids corner
  • tennis court
  • table tennis
  • billiard table
  • darts
  • boardgames
  • mountain bikes

Victoria Spa

Aromatherapy Oils for Massage

A choice of aromatherapy oils for a local massage

Not only did we experience a neck massage after our drive from Ho Chi Minh City we enjoyed an hour’s relaxing massage before we ventured out to enjoy the nightlife of Can Tho.

The Victoria Spa offers an extensive range of treatments from signature packages, massages, reflexology and facials.

 

Shuttle Boat to Can Tho Town

Victoria Can Tho Resort Shuttle Bus

The Shuttle Boat from the Victoria Can Tho Jetty to Can Tho City

The Victoria Can Tho Resort offers free transfers to Can Tho City from their own private jetty on the Hau River.

Pro-Tip

Bustling Can Tho City Market

The bustling city market in Can Tho

We took the 1700 shuttle to Can Tho City and enjoyed the local market just a few minutes from the Ninh Kieu Quay.

There are regular shuttle timings throughout the day, check with Reception to confirm.

Our Private Buffet Breakfast on the Hau River Visiting the Cai Rang Floating Market

Have you ever had your own private breakfast in a sampan?

The day dawned overcast with intermittent showers but this would not stop us enjoying our own private breakfast on the Victoria’s Hotel own sampan. We dashed through the lush gardens and boarded our boat for the adventure. Not only were we going to visit the Floating Market of Cai Rang we were going to visit a rice paper maker, Mekong Pizza maker and a local fruit farm.

We were in the low season (September).  The rainy season in the region starts at the end of April and finishes at the end of November.  Don’t let the rainy season deter you from visiting this region.

Cai Rang Floating Market was 6 km away from the Victoria Hotel and would take us 45 minutes.  During that time we enjoyed our buffet breakfast of fresh fruit and juices, Vietnamese Pho, omelettes and pastries all created by our own personal chef.

Mekong River Facts:

  • The Mekong River is 4,350 km long
  • The River starts in China and empties just south of Ho Chi Minh City
  • It is the longest river in South East Asia
  • It flows from China, the eastern part of Tibet, and forms a border through parts of Burma and Laos, and Laos and Thailand, before heading through Cambodia and Laos to Vietnam
  • It is the 7th longest river in Asia
  • It is the 12th longest river in the world

The daily Cai Rang Market offers fruit and vegetables from 6 am in the morning rain hail or shine.  On each boat is a bamboo stick with the fruit or vegetables the vendor has on board to sell attached to the top of it.  Their farms are located 30 km away, and they come to the market for around 4 – 5 days until all their produce is sold and then they return back to the farm.

Cai Rang Market

The market operates daily whether it is raining or not

 

 

Exploring the Mekong Delta from Victoria Can Tho Resort

The Victoria Can Tho Resort is ideally located for exploring the Mekong Delta. Some of the tours on offer from Victoria Can Tho Resort are:

  • 3.5-hour tour visiting the Cai Rang Floating Market as well as visiting local rice paper makers
  • 4-hour visit to Binh Minh’s local market, a Chinese traditional pagoda and cruising to Dong Thuan Village. Visit a Khmer village to learn about their culture with an opportunity to converse with Khmer monks at the Phu Ly Pagoda
  • a 5 hour from cruise from Cai Rang Floating Market to Phong Dien where you will transfer to bicycles to explore the local countryside
  • Can Tho Culture Tour for 4 hours cruising the Can Tho River to Cai Rang Town and onto a temple at the Thuong Thanh village. You can choose between cruising, or bicycling to a local straw making house.
  • A 3.5 hour or 4-hour bicycle ride after cruising on the Victoria Hotel’s own sampan to a traditional brick making factory and through the rice fields before returning back to the hotel.
  • A 3.5-hour breakfast cruise on the Mekong visiting Cai Rang Floating Market
  • A 2-hour dinner cruise on the Mekong Princess
  • a 4-hour Vietnamese Cooking Class at the hotel
  • a 70 km cycle ride to Sa Dec, through the local countryside with lunch
  • a 50 km cycle ride through the local rice fields and countryside to the town of Long Xuyen, includes lunch and the return journey by minivan back to the hotel
  • a 40 km cycle ride visiting Tra Vinh town of a hundred pagodas which includes a picnic lunch or a visit to a local restaurant before returning back to the hotel

Essential Information for Visiting the Victoria Can Tho Resort in Can Tho

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