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Victoria Chau Doc Hotel Organizes 4th Annual Dragon Boat Races

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel Organizes 4th Annual Dragon Boat Races (Forimmediaterelease.net) Victoria Hotels&Resorts will run its 4th “Dragon Boat Races” at Victoria Chau Doc Hotel on May 25th, 2008 in collaboration with the Chau Doc Sports Center, to promote Chau Doc as a destination for local and foreign tourists. The Dragon Boat Races are held annually in celebration of the Chau Doc Lady Xu Festival and takes place on the Bassac River from the Chau Doc Basa Fish Park to just past the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel. Around 15 teams from neighboring areas will compete this year in 3 categories: 500, 700 and 1000-meter races.

The past Dragon Boat races proved to be a very successful event coinciding with the Lady Xu Festival which is held annually at the Lady Xu Temple from the 23rd night to the 27th day of the 4th lunar month. The washing of the statue is the main event of the festival. Although the temple is fairly recent, the statue actually dates from the 6th century and is more reminiscent of statues found in India, Cambodia or Laos rather than Vietnam.

Program of the event:
Organizers: Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
Chau Doc Sports Center

Venue: 30th April Park-Basa Park (50 meters from Victoria Chau Doc Hotel)
Date: May 25th , 2008
Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM
1000 meter Prizes: from VND 700,000 to 2,000,000
700 meter Prizes: from VND 500,000 to 1,500,00
500 meter Prizes: from VND 300,000 to 1,200,000

About Victoria Hotels&Resorts

Victoria Hotels&Resorts is a boutique group of six luxury Indochina retreats embracing off–the-beaten-track mountain and beach spa resorts in Vietnam, two colonial-style hotels in the Mekong Delta, and an elegant spa resort at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

With a passion for Indochina’s rich cultural and historical diversity, enchanting landscapes and delightful people, the group’s resorts and hotels are uniquely distinguished for their charm and locations in the most authentic and unspoiled areas of Vietnam and Cambodia.

The group operates a luxury Victoria Express Train from Hanoi to the Victoria Sapa Resort&Spa in the remote northwest highlands of Vietnam. In the Mekong Delta, guests explore one of the world’s great inland waterways and travel from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh aboard Victoria Speedboats and a converted rice barge.

Victoria Hotels&Resorts does not follow the crowds of mass modern-day tourism – it forges a path ahead of them.

Victoria Sapa Resort&Spa:
In the remote north-west highlands of Vietnam, Victoria Sapa Resort&Spa is a traditional mountain chalet, complete with stone-hearth fireplace and luxurious new spa 1,650 metres above sea-level in the Hoang Lien Mountains, close to the Chinese border. Amid spectacular scenery beneath Vietnam's highest peak, the 3,143-metre Mount Fansipan, the cool, pristine region is home to more than 30 colourful hill tribes – with tours to their minority villages and markets the highlights of any visit. The region is also emerging as an exciting new trekking destination.

Guests arrive aboard the romantic and elegant Victoria Express Train, a unique travel experience in its own right, operating along a 380km railway journey from Hanoi. Overlooking the mountain village of Sapa, blending sensitively with the unspoiled environment, Victoria Sapa Resort&Spa was voted ‘Best Hotel in the North-West Region’ in both 2004 and 2005 by The Guide, a publication of the Vietnam Economic Times.

Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort&Spa:
On a pristine white-sand beach on the outskirts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An in central Vietnam, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort&Spa is a warm, restful retreat replicating a traditional fishing village with small streets, water ponds and village houses with clay-tiled roofs.

The historic sea port of Hoi An is uniquely preserved as a 15th century trading post on the ancient silk route, while other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the vicinity include the Cham temple ruins at My Son, the historic capital of Vietnam’s ancient Champa civilization, and the former Imperial capital of Hue.

Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort&Spa
At one of Vietnam’s most idyllic seaside resorts, 200km north of Ho Chi Minh City, Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort&Spa is located beside a vast, palm-fringed private white sand beach on the South China Sea, with 60 bungalows designed in the style of traditional Vietnamese country houses in exotic gardens. The Guide, a publication of the Vietnam Economic Times, voted it ‘Best Resort’ in its southern province.

The resort is close to Phan Thiet, a charming fishing village with archaeological remnants of the Cham Empire, and the beach is backed by desert-like sand dunes that are home to rare flora and fauna.

Victoria Can Tho Resort and Victoria Chau Doc Hotel in the Mekong Delta
On the banks of one of the world’s greatest and most mysterious waters in Vietnam’s ‘Deep South’, Victoria Can Tho Resort opened in 1998 as the flagship of Victoria Hotels&Resorts in the Mekong Delta — and first luxury hotel in the region. Amid bustling floating markets, myriad of canals and vibrant green rice paddies, the splendid colonial-style hotel is set in magnificent gardens on the banks of the Hau River, one of the delta’s nine estuaries. To experience the pulse of delta life, sunrise and sunset cruises to the local floating market aboard the resort’s private traditional wooden rice barge, the Lady Hau, are a highlight.

Deeper in the Mekong Delta, close to the Cambodian border in a region famed for the climax of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel is a grand hotel built in colonial style with low-rise French architecture opened in 1999. From this unique location beside the Bassac River at the ‘Three River Crossing’, guests can explore life deep into the delta traveling aboard a fleet of private Victoria Speedboats from the hotel to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and vice versa.

Victoria Angkor Resort&Spa in Siem Reap, Cambodia
The newest jewel in the crown of the group, Victoria Angkor Resort&Spa is just 10 minutes from the World Heritage Angkor Wat temple complex, one of the great wonders of the world. Neighboring the King’s Residence in Siem Reap, overlooking the Royal Gardens, the resort styled gracefully in 1930s colonial style is a tranquil haven with the elegant refinement of the French ”art de vivre”. It is within walking distance of the Old Market and river, 7kms from the airport, and has a partnership arrangement with a Nick Faldo-designed championship golf course, recently opened nearby.

For an online tour of Victoria Hotels&Resorts in Vietnam and Cambodia, please visit www.victoriahotels-asia.com.

Ms Lina Nguyen – Marketing & Communication Coordinator Victoria Hotels & Resorts – Head Office 101 Tran Hung Dao St., Dist. 1 Ho Chi Minh City Tel: 08 – 837 3031 Fax: 08 – 836 4108 Email: marketing.coordinator@victoriahotels-asia.com Reservations: reservation@victoriahotels-asia.com website: www.victoriahotels-asia.com

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