Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
What We Love
- Large riverfront outdoor pool with a traditional fishing net pulley system suspended over the top
- The charming center of Chau Doc is a short walk away
- Hotel speedboat makes daily trips to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh
What To Know
- A five percent service charge, per night, will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Dry season, in March and April, can push temperatures into the mid-90s
- Limited international dining options outside the property
- Mosquitoes can be plentiful during the rainy season, particularly between July and October
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This low-slung French colonial–style property may be compact, but it packs a punch, from the pillared, open-air lobby to the lushly landscaped outdoor pool, a refreshing place to end a long day of exploring the labyrinthine canals of the Mekong Delta. The riverside location gives guests front row seats to the wonders of the Mekong, from floating fishing villages to waterborne markets.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 92 rooms has gleaming hardwood floors, handsome colonial furniture and a muted palette of cream and gold. Upgrade to a Deluxe Room or Suite for views of the bustling Bassac River, or gaze upon the riot of activity in Chau Doc from the Superior and Standard Rooms.
The hotel arranges excellent excursions, including cooking lessons in a small Cham village, water safaris in the Tra Su Nature Reserve, river journeys in traditional sampans and hikes among the cave pagodas of Sam Mountain. Afternoons and evenings are spent on more leisurely pursuits, including herbal massages on the rooftop spa or games of billiards, backgammon or bridge. But the best seats in town are at the hotel’s riverfront café tables, the perfect place to sip beer as the sun sets over Chau Doc’s busy watery highway.
How to Get There
As part of the Mekong Eyes trip we stayed here overnight after travelling down the river from Phnom Penh. You land at a jetty right on the riverside outside the hotel where your cases are taken in for you and an efficient check in process begins. We were up graded to a river side room without asking which was very picturesque.
Breakfast was a buffet with a broad selection of food and fast and efficient staff providing coffee and freshly prepare omelettes.
We did not stay for our evening meal so cannot vouch as to its quality but it was relatively expensive as compared to going to a local restaurant. That being said, it is a relatively small town with few tourists. Restaurants do not routinely cater for non-Vietnamese e.g. menus.
Also, if you have travelled from Cambodia you will need to have Vietnamese Dong as virtually nowhere takes Riels or USD.
We enjoyed our stay at this property immensely and quite literally didn't want to leave. The service was top-notch from the beginning to the end. We were upgraded to a larger room overlooking to the fabulous Bassac River. Unfortunately, the air-con didn't work properly. NO PROBLEM - We were promptly moved to a new room with much more efficient air-con. The staff, on multiple occasions, went out of their way to check that we were happy with the new room (where we were). Our utmost thanks goes to Nhi (from guest service counter) - "She warmly smiled and treated us with the utmost sincerity & care, we love it". Everything was also clean and well designed. The pool, bar and restaurant offered nice view, satisfying food taste. We shall miss sitting at the terrace having a cup of Vietnamese coffee, reading books & watching the lively river. Truly wonderful! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this hotel!
We first saw our hotel as we approached it's dock by fast ferry from Phonm Penh
and it's location is fabulous. We had hotel staff on the dock to collect our luggage and a short walk took us to check in and get a cold towel and a cool drink.
Our room on the third floor was well appointed with a comfortable bed, the usual fruit bowl, a good TV and excellent air conditioning. The ensuite was a good size, well laid out with an excellent shower.
We loved the outlook onto the rivers joining each other as we had breakfast. In all the Vietnam hotels we stayed in the breakfast was very good to excellent and this hotel was no exception. Prompt attentive service and good coffee.
We wished we had cut our stay short in Kep short and stayed here longer but unfortunately it is always easier looking back.
We highly recommend this hotel and we hope you will enjoy the hotel and its location as much as we did.
We stayed one night at this elegant hotel on the Mekong River, and travelled to Phnom Penh the next morning via the hotel’s speedboat (and guide). The hotel room is lovely - we were in 111 facing the pool and the river. Great beds and reasonably firm pillows (at long last!) gave us a great sleep. After a long day of travel and knowing we had another early start, we ate in at the hotel restaurant, which was surprisingly well priced and tasty. The border 5 hour speedboat ride the next morning was very well organised, and our guide, Trang, made the two passport/visa checkpoints very smooth and fast. The river is a great way to travel - the boat is very comfortable, refreshments are provided, and we could even change the last of our Vietnamese dong to Cambodian riel at the Vietnam border checkpoint, at a very good rate. I highly recommend both this hotel and the transfer
The hotel was great right on the river and close to town. But the best part was the fabulous guide I had who works at the hotel. Her name is Huynh Nhi and she took me on a couple of the best tours I have ever had. We had a great time and she tailored the tours for me so I could really take my time and enjoy them. I highly recommend staying at the hotel and using Huynh Nhi as your guide.