Chau Dak (Chaudok) is a major tourist center in the south-west of Vietnam. The city is located on the border with Cambodia. It stretches along the bank of one of the branches of the Mekong – the Bassac River. Through this territory passes the route of the water journey along the river “Nine Dragons”. The delta is best visited during the dry season from December to April.
More than 150 thousand people live in the city. Perhaps someone will be confused by the slums located on the shore, but tourism has long been one of the directions for the development of the economy of Chau Dac (the second direction is trade). The resort area is ready to offer vacationers picturesque natural landscapes, interesting sights, comfortable hotels, clean air, impressions filled with the romance of ancient Vietnam.
The local highlight is the houseboats. Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy the views of rice fields and the Bassac River, visit the Bird sanctuary reserve, the floating market, the memorial complex of Emperor Ngoc Howe, who ruled the country in the first half of the 19th century.
Pilgrims visit Buddhist temples. Here is the highest pagoda, decorated with hieroglyphs and carvings. Six kilometers from the city is a low Mount Sam, to which a route for hikers is laid. Experienced travelers are advised to rent a car to visit other interesting places. Chau Dac hotels provide shuttle services and help organize tours of the region’s main attractions. The best hotel complexes are presented in the review.
Sang Như Ngọc Resort is located in a natural area near Mount Sam. Guests are offered rooms in one-storey villas (without kitchen). The food is taken care of by the coffee shop, where you can order an Asian breakfast and à la carte dishes. In the center of the complex there is a swimming pool with a compartment for bathing children. Younger guests can not only swim in the warm water, but also take a ride from the water slide. There is a sun terrace around the perimeter of both pools. The hotel has a rental office for sports and water equipment, the administrator will tell you the best mountain trails for walking. Free parking is available for motorists. In the evening, guests like to gather in the bar, order cocktails and share their impressions of the past day. Despite the fact that the hotel is not marked with comfort stars, tourists like to stay in it. They highly appreciate the location of the complex and the service.
«Victoria Chau Doc Hotel 4*» is built on the banks of the River Barsak. The main focus of their activities the owners chose the organization of water travel along the Mekong Delta. For these purposes, hydrofoil boats and guides are provided. Victoria speedboats for 7 and 22 passengers cruise along the Mekong River to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and vice versa. All tourists need is valid Cambodian and Vietnamese visas in their passport and a natural craving for adventure. The hotel’s luxurious rooms offer views of houseboats and the market, fishing and Cham villages. For accommodation there are 48 rooms of the category Superior Rooms, 40 Deluxe Rooms, 4 Suites. All rooms are decorated in a classic style, each has a balcony, coffee machine, air conditioning, private bathroom. A minibar is available at an additional cost. Overlooking the river, the gourmet Bassac Restaurant serves traditional South Vietnamese cuisine as well as international cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining rooms are popular for breathtaking views of the sunrise.
“We loved the hotel and the tour service. We rode along the river on a speedboat, visited the Ta Su Bird Sanctuary, attended a wonderful culinary master class. Chau Dak is a colorful place that combines Chinese, Khmer and Hindu cultures, and it is very interesting” Fernando, Italy
Travelers who prefer to organize their own holidays often stay at the Little Saigon Homestay Hotel. It receives guests in the format of “bed + breakfast”, which suits tourists who go on excursion tours from the very morning. The hotel is a colonial-style villa with spacious rooms, antique furniture, carved mirrors and a lot of interesting art objects. The ceilings and walls of all rooms are decorated with beautiful stucco. The chairs in the restaurant are covered, as in the good old days of the Victorian era. A special feature of the hotel is the presence of its own farm. The entire harvest of organic food ends up in the restaurant’s kitchen. After breakfast, guests go on their excursions to gather on the spacious terrace in the evening and exchange impressions. The restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, serves an à la carte menu.
In recent years, three-star hotels have begun to appear at the resort. The most popular of these is the Victoria Nui Sam Lodge. It is built on the slope of the mountain, has an interesting architectural structure. The project is thought out in such a way that neighbors do not interfere with each other to relax and enjoy landscape views. For accommodation are provided rooms of categories Superior Bungalows, detached family bungalows, Deluxe Bungalows. All of them are decorated in colonial style: four-poster beds, armchairs of ancient designs, panoramic windows, glazed french balcony doors, spacious loggias. On the lower terrace there is an outdoor swimming pool with a lounge area. In the morning, La Giang Restaurant serves breakfast for all guests. You can order Asian, vegan or gluten-free options. During the day, the à la carte kitchen serves international cuisine. There is a good library, paid bike rental and yoga classes.
For homestay accommodation, it is recommended to pay attention to the hotel “FaMi Nguyễn Homestay Châu Đốc”. It consists of several bungalows. These are separate houses with a spacious bedroom, a terrace and the possibility of installing extra beds in the room. The restaurant’s kitchen itself is engaged in the cultivation of vegetable crops and greens. There are several greenhouses on the farm, in which the crop is grown all year round. Therefore, on the tables of guests there are always fresh and organic food. On the territory of the hotel there is a pond for fishing, a volleyball court, a spacious parking lot with awnings from sunlight and rain. Transit travelers like to stay here. They are mainly attracted by the availability of a comfortable parking lot and loyal prices for accommodation. Parking is free, and for towels and bed linen you will have to pay or use your own accessories. This hotel complex can be a good starting point for tourists who want to travel around Vietnam. A free pick-up service is available from Raja Airport. You can stay in the hotel for a few days to acclimatize, and then go on a trip in a rented car.
KHÁCH SẠN BẾN ĐÁ NÚI SAM 3* is a hotel complex located on the territory of buildings during the French colonization. It is beautiful and very atmospheric. Outdoor pools of unusual shape are decorated with sky-azure mosaics, the dining area is located on an open terrace under the vault with columns. In the rooms after the last renovation were installed stretch ceilings, new beds, air conditioning. But even the new furniture is made according to old drawings. The restaurant serves an à la carte menu. Free parking is available on site.
“The main advantage of this hotel is its location. From here it is easy to go on an excursion, and in the mornings or evenings to observe the life of water markets and houses. It is calm and spacious, there is where to walk. The territory is vast, everywhere there are paths” Minh, Vietnam
Khách Sạn Yên Châu 3* is a five-storey building located next to the highway. The architecture of the building and the interiors of the rooms are created in the style of the era of French colonization. Fans of antique furniture will be pleased with massive wooden beds with carved backs, antique cabinets and floor lamps. Caring staff will bring food and drinks to your room upon reservation. A parking space is available at an additional cost. At night, the building is spectacularly illuminated and is one of the decorations of the urban landscape. Spacious balconies are designed to explore the surroundings in the evening, drink a cup of fragrant coffee, and in the morning meet the dawn. There is no restaurant in the hotel itself, but just a few meters away there is a restaurant of Vietnamese cuisine and an Italian cafe with a bar.
«Chau Pho Hotel 3*» is a great place for a vacation or business trips. It provides comfortable rooms (without balconies), tennis courts, a bar with a large selection of alcoholic beverages, conference rooms, a restaurant. In the morning, a buffet breakfast is served in the dining room, followed by an à la carte menu of international favourites. Meals and drinks can be enjoyed in the comfort of your room. Hotels in Chow Dac often use colonial-style décor, but the Chau Pho rooms have a classic tradition without unnecessary decorative elements and bright colors. For guests it is possible to rent a car for any period. For the safety of their valuables and documents, a safe is provided. Concierge services and a tour desk are available at the front desk. The staff speaks English.
Dong Xanh Hotel is awarded two comfort stars, but this does not prevent it from remaining one of the most popular places to stop while traveling or spending holidays. The fund has 60 cozy rooms, the hotel building is located on a fenced territory, a beautiful garden is laid out around the house and other buildings, walking paths are laid. Tourists note not a very good location, but the lowest prices for accommodation, as well as the opportunity to stay in a room with a pet. For motorists there are free parking spaces, there is a currency exchange office. There is no restaurant, but the staff will deliver food and drinks to the room from the nearest café. Breakfast orders are accepted. Of the services, the organization of excursion tours is also noted.
“I liked the service and the kind attitude of the host to his guests. I didn’t pay very much money for the room. I was given a place for my motorcycle, a spacious room with air conditioning, fridge and TV. Breakfast was served in the morning. Great service for a ridiculous price” Dawn, England
Hotels in Chow Dac, of course, can not be compared with the modern complexes of Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, but they have their own zest. It lies in the simplicity of provincial life and maintenance. None of the tourists complained about the service. On the contrary, all guests had enough warmth of hospitality and friendly attitude. The best place to stop for local sightseeing is Sang Như Ngọc Resort. For transit travelers, FaMi Nguyễn Homestay Châu Đốc is quite suitable, and for fans of water walks – Victoria Nui Sam Lodge.