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2016 winter bookings

posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:46 PM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Dec 26, 2017, 6:21 AM ]

The guesthouse would like to inform that we are full on the following days:
- 23, 24 Dec 2016
- from 31 Dec to 5 Jan 2017

For other check in, please contact us at murrayguesthouse@outlook.com

We also have free breakfasts for the guests
Other meals are on request on our roof top restaurant at guesthouse


A festival in Chau Doc

posted Sep 19, 2014, 1:01 AM by Long Quoc Tran

festival in chau doc
Ba Chua Xu Temple (the local tutelary goddess) lies at the foot of Sam Mountain, Chau Doc Town, An Giang Province. It is said that the goddess is so sacred that anyone who offers incense to her can realise all his/her wishes. 

Time to take place: From the 23rd to the 27th day of the fourth lunar month, main festival day is on the 25th of the fourth lunar month.
Location of the festival: Ba Chua Temple at Sam Mountain, Chau Doc, An Giang Province.
Objects of worship: Ba Chua Xu (local goddess).
Characteristic: 5 strict and solemn rites.  

Therefore, during the festival of Ba Chua Xu (also called the Via Ba ceremony), numerous pilgrims from everywhere flock to the temple. The festival is held annually from the 23rd to the 27th of the fourth lunar month with the ceremonies as follows:
 

This rite takes place at midnight of the 24th day. The first ritual is to light two big candles in front of Ba Chua statue. It is followed by the rites of offering  incense, wine, tea, burning joss-sticks and praying. A group of four or five women that selected before open the curtain to go inside and perform the bathing ritual for the statue.
At the foot of the statue is a small fragrant water basin. These women wash the statue of Ba Chua and spray it with perfume. And then, they change the statue into a new robe and hat. This rite often lasts one hour. After that, pilgrims burn incense pray for good things. The procession from Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum to Ba Chua  Xu Temple
At 3 p.m. of the same day, locals hold a procession that starts from Ba Temple to Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum. They want to express their gratitude to Thoai Ngoc Hau who had merit to reclaim this land.
The members of procession offer incense and flowers to Thoai Ngoc Hau. Then, they bring three tablets of Thoai Ngoc Hau, ladies Chau Thi Te and Truong Thi Miet, and one tablet of those who had merit to help Thoai Ngoc Hau to the Ba Temple. These four tablets are placed at the sanctuary.
 
Tuc Yet rite
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The rite begins at midnight of the 25th and continues into the early morning of the 26th. Participants dressed in smart traditional costumes stand on the two sides and the master of ceremonies stands in front of the statue of Ba Chua. The offerings include a white pig, a dish of pig's blood and a little hair, called mao huyet, a tray of sticky rice, a tray of fruits, a tray of areca and betel, a dish of rice and salt, which are place on a table before the statue.
The master of ceremonies and notables burn incense on the altar. Following are the rituals of offering incense, wine, tea and an oration. One person reads the oration, and then the master of ceremonies burns this oration and votive papers. The pig is turned over before it is taken away. It marks the end of the tuc yet rite.
 
Xay chau rite
The xay chau rite is performed after the tuc yet rite. In order to prepare for this rite, people replace the table before the altar with a drum.
The master of ceremonies holds two drumsticks and says his prayers before the altar. After that, he dips a branch of willow into a water bowl on the left of the altar, and sprinkles water on the floor.
When he finishes the ritual, he put the bowl and the willow branch on the altar, and beats three salvos of drumbeat to begin the hat boi (classical opera) performance.
 
Chanh te rite
The chanh te rite takes place at 4 a.m of the 26th with the rituals similar to tuc yet rite. On the afternoon of the 27th day, the four tablets are brought back to Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum, marking the end of the festival.
During the festival days, many traditional cultural activities are organised, including unicorn dance, dance with dishes and cups. Ba Chua  Xu Festival is rich in the national identity and the southern colours. 

Source: Murray Guesthouse in Chau Doc

Thien Minh Group opening Nui Sam Lodge

posted Jul 31, 2014, 1:38 AM by Long Quoc Tran

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Hanoi, 18/10/2013 - On 16 October 2013, Victoria Hotels & Resorts introduced Victoria Nui Sam Lodge - the latest property of the luxury boutique hotel chain in Vietnam.
The opening ceremony was a big success with the witness of nearly 100 guests who are business partners, clients, local authorities and the internal staff. Following the hotel site inspection was a special tree planting program, where all guests had a chance to plant their own tree around the property. Each tree has it's own name tag from the guest as a way for us to remember all the visitors.
Set deep in the Mekong Delta, on the hillside of the famous Nui Sam Mountain, Victoria Nui Sam Lodge offers clients magnificent panoramic views of the delta in a truly unique location. The Lodge will also serve as TMG’s first vocational training hotel, the first of its kind in Vietnam.
“The introduction of Victoria Nui Sam Lodge is a great addition to the unique collection of Victoria Hotels & Resorts, offering our guests the chance to experience more fascinating regions in Indochina and maintain the high standard of service & facilities that the Victoria brand is famous for” – said Tran Trong Kien, Chairman & CEO of TMG.

Get around to Tra Su

posted Jul 31, 2014, 1:09 AM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Jul 31, 2014, 1:34 AM ]

Murray Guesthouse News: Beyond Sam Mountain, the varied attractions at Tra Su, Tup Duc and Ba Chuc could all be covered in a busy day’s travelling, though this remote area is not a place for hurrying. This bird sanctuary is located about 23km from Chau Doc and consists of a protected forest of cajuput trees and wetlands that attract a great variety of birds including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl and water cocks. A boat ride around the sanctuary combined with a walk to a viewing tower takes a couple of hours and costs around $7 per person depending on how many in the group. Even if you’re not a dedicated birder, you’d probably enjoy floating around this watery wonderland with its huge lily pads and moss-shrouded trees

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Opening new Hung Cuong Hotel in Chau Doc

posted Jul 30, 2014, 8:39 PM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Dec 26, 2017, 6:22 AM ]

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Vietnam– June 16, 2014 – Hung Cuong Hotels, the signature brand of Hung Cuong announces today the opening of the 45-room Hung Cuong in Chau Doc, the company’s first hotel in Vietnam.  The hotel is positioned in a prime location in Dong Da Street, near the town attractions such as Con Tien Bridge, Victoria Chau Doc Resort and Spa, Sam Mountain, Chau Doc Stadium, Bus Stop.

Hung Cuong guest room
The 45 spacious and thoughtfully designed guestrooms feature large flat screen televisions and high speed internet.  Executive guestrooms have complimentary access to the 24/7 executive lounge which serves breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day, and cocktails and canapés in the evening.  The extensive leisure facilities include a fitness centre and tennis court.     

Meetings and events may be held in any of the two elegantly designed meeting rooms, which offer 150 square metres of space.  Accommodating over 120 people, the light and airy meeting spaces feature modern integrated technology to promote productivity.   



hungcuong chau doc hotel overview
Chau Doc is a dynamic hub of commerce, industry and thriving culture, home to more than 30 scientific research institutions and internationally acclaimed cultural establishments. The Hung Cuong Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk to the bus stop, shops and major attractions and a convenient overnight stop for travellers to Phnom Penh by speedboat. 

ROOM RATE
Standard room with one double bed: US$ 20
Superior room with one double bed: US$ 28
Deluxe room with 1 double bed: US$ 33
Deluxe room with 2 single beds: US$ 33

Surcharge US$ 9/room/ night on the following days:
National Holidays
Christmas
New Year
Tet holidays

The room rate excludes breakfast, VAT 10% and service charge 5%
The room rate includes wifi, 2 bottles of water, transferring service to Ba Mieu Su temple


BOOK HUNG CUONG HOTEL
You can contact our sales at Murray Guesthouse or Chau Doc Travel for the reservation

Hung Cuong Hotel
Tel: +842963568111

Restaurant in Hung Cuong
At Hung Cuong Restaurant guests will discover a diverse choice of "All Day dining" options. The chef and his team have produced a selection of dishes in traditional Vietnamese and Western cuisines providing endless culinary taste-bud.

Sitting by the Hung Cuong Restaurant or Up- Terrace is and ideal environment for relaxing with a choice from beverages selection, or an old fashioned cocktail from the bar.



WESTERN CUISINE 

STARTER

1. GREEK SALAD 140,000 VND
Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Black olive, Sweet pepper and Feta chesse 

2. MIXED SALAD 120,000 VND
Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrot, Olive, Onion,
Sweet Pepper and House Dressing 
3. CAESAR SALAD 140,000 VND
Roman, Lettuce, Bacon, Eggs, Chicken , Croutons, Anchovi
and Parmesan Cheese top up

4. TUNA SALAD 140,000 VND
Lettuce, Black Olive, Cucumber, Baby tomato and Tuna


SOUP / VND /net

1. PUMPKIN CREAM SOUP 100,000
Pumpkin, Cream with Bread

2. MINESTRONE SOUP 100,000
Carrot, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Potato, Spinach and Pasta
3. MUSHROOM CREAM SOUP 100,000
Mushroom, Fresh cream


PASTA / VND /net
Spaghetti, Penne
1. BOLOGNESE 140,000
Beef, Garlic, Tomato Sauce
2. CARBONARA 140,000
Fresh Cream, Egg, Bacon, Parmesan and Parsley
3. FROSFESTIERE 140,000
Mushroom, Onion, Cream sause.
4. SPAGHETTI WITH SEAFOOD 160,000
Prawn, Squid, Pamersan and Tomato sauce


SANDWICH & PIZZA VND /net


1. CLUB SANDWICH 120,000
Toast, Lettuce, Chicken, Cheese, Tomato, Eggs, Ham
and French Fries

2. TUNA FISH SANDWICH 120,000
Tuna, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayonnaise and French Fries
3. BLT SANDWICH 120,000
Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and French Fries
4. NAPOLITANNA PIZZA 160,000
Tomato sauce, Mozarella chesse, Anchovies, Capers, Oregano, Basil
5. CARBONARA PIZZA 160,000
Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Bacon, Eggs.
6. HAWAII PIZZA 160,000
Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Cooked Ham, Pineapple.
7. BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA 160,000
Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, BBQ Chicken, Mushroom and Oregano.



MAIN COURSE / VND /net


1. GRILLED AUSTRALIANN BEEF TENDERLOIN 380,000
Served with Peper Sauce and French Fries
2. GRILLED STEAK T-BONE (350g) 450,000
Served with Green Peper Sauce and Potato
3. GRILLED LAMP CHOP WITH RED WINE SAUCE 380,000
Served with French Fries
4. GRILLED RIB EYE STEAK 360,000
Served with Peper Sauce and French Fries
5. GRILLED CHICKEN SKEWER WITH PEPPER SAUCE 180,000
Served with French Fries
7. GRILLED SALMON STEAK 380,000
Served with Lemon, Capers, Cream Sauce and French Fries

8. GRILLED SEABASS 360,000
With Fresh Lemon and White Butter Sauce, Potato

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