This is a superb Victoria hotel. Really quite excellent. Great rooms, very attentive and caring staff, great bar area with pool table, a very nice swimming pool area, spa, and restaurant run by a French chef who came out at every meal and greeted the guests. The food was excellent and the service world class.
This chain of hotels is quite superb and having stayed at the Siem Reap, Chau Doc and now the Can Tho resorts I can only hope that this hotel group expands elsewhere in Asia as there is a charm and style to them that is quite unique.
A couple of notes on Can Tho: the boat trip to the floating markets are ok but you must leave early to make the most of them. The Cai Rang one is huge but not what I would call 'charming' in the 'little ladies with small boats full of exotic fruit' kind of way...it's interesting nonetheless and fills up the whole width of this very industrialised part of the river. The Phong Bien market is quite a bit further so you really do have to get an early boat to see this one and as you have at least an hour by boat and pass through the Cai Rang market to get there it is probably not worth the effort unless you really get up early (4-5am). We took a 6:30 boat and after visiting the Cai Rang market got there at about 8am and it was basically over. However, this one looked like it would be more like the picture-postcard market you expect to see of a floating market set against a jungle backdrop so if you want that experience get there early!
The rivers/canals in the Can Tho area are incredible to see but heavily industrialized by Vietnam standards (though fascinating nonetheless!), garbage is everywhere and you must plan carefully and venture further to see what might be termed the 'traditional' canal lifestyle (grinding poverty being the general rule). Can Tho is a great starting point but give yourself a few days to really see more of it if you really want that experience.
The floating market boat trips usually include a visit to a small fruit farm up one of the smaller canals. It's not exactly a Disney attraction...it's basically a slightly wierd fruity tourist trap where you pay nothing to enter but are encouraged to sit around tables after having seen the fruits and then eat the fruit...but having said that it's interesting to see what some of this exotic fruit looks like before it ends up on the buffet breakfast tray. Also, the short trip up the small canal to see it will give you a brief flavour of village life in the delta which might tempt you to take a trip further afield in this part of Vietnam. A quick note about this trip though...we had booked our own private boat as we were a group of 8 travelling together...but we saw some larger groups where you book as a passenger and you could see a number of people bored to tears at having to wait around for a set period of time because that's unfortunately what group tours involve. Try doing your own thing and you'll have more freedom to see what you want to see at the pace you want to see it and since this is Vietnam it's still very affordable to do your own thing rather than tagging onto a group trip.
Finally, Can Tho itself seems to be a bustling and fairly wealthy city and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The hotel is very well situated and offers a free shuttle boat to the waterfront which has some good restaurants and markets selling rip-off western brands that are worth exactly what you pay for them :-).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Mekong Delta, Can Tho is home to charming riverside landscapes, green paddy fields, floating markets and myriads of canals. Experience a sunrise or sunset cruise on board the Lady Hau, a traditional wooden rice barge to the floating market. Set in a magnificent garden on the banks of the Hau River, the colonial architecture of Victoria Can Tho Resort complements the natural beauty of the environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Can Tho Hotel Can Tho
- Victoria Hotel Can Tho