The Victoria Can Tho Resort is the only luxury four star hotel in the centre of the Mekong Delta and lies on the banks of the Hau River. It’s set in beautiful tropical gardens away from the noise of Can Tho town but a footbridge connects the two.
There are 92 rooms, including 8 luxurious suites, all with wood flooring, authentic Vietnamese furniture and balconies offering spectacular views of the river, pool or of the garden.
The hotel successfully recreates the French colonial style, even though it’s a modern building, and it feels like stepping back in time. This most apparent in the light and airy reception area and in the Spices restaurant. Chef Bernard Ibanez uses unique flavours of the Mekong Delta in his French-inspired cuisine. You can also learn the art of Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking lesson here, which also includes a trip to the local market to learn about authentic Vietnamese ingredients
There’s a large outdoor pool, surrounded by exotic plants, and a spa offering a wide range of treatments from massage and reflexology to body scrub and wraps. A Fitness centre, sauna and steam bath are also provided.
Not to be missed here is a breakfast cruise on the Mekong Princess, enjoying an extensive buffet while cruising past houses on stilts where women do early morning laundry and children play football on the banks. The highlight is the Cai Rang floating market where traders exchange piles of produce from boat to boat. There’s also a visit to a fruit garden and an opportunity to see demonstrations of noodle making.
For a more extensive trip try the Song Xanh Sampan, which has private cabins with bathrooms, perfect for an overnight trip on the river. An attractive destination is Le Longanier Restaurant in Cai Be, situated in a recreation of a turn-of-the-century French colonial home, by the river. This serves exquisite Vietnamese food in the refined atmosphere of traditional Indochina.
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Rooms at the Victoria Can Tho start at £115 per night.
Vietnam Airlines offers the UK’s only nonstop flights to Vietnam, with daily Dreamliner services from Heathrow T4 to Hanoi or Saigon.
Experience Travel Group (0203 468 6268) can tailor-make 7 night holidays to Southern Vietnam from £2,101 per adult, including 2 nights at the Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 nights at the Victoria Can Tho, 3 nights at La Veranda, Phu Quoc, including daily breakfast, a Saigon city tour, private guides and transfers and return flights with Vietnam Airlines. Upgrade to Premium Economy from £728 per person.