4 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Asia Viking River Viking Mekong Cruise Reviews

Wanted to see and learn about viet nam. Could not do it in a better fashion than a vrc. It was outstanding from a historic,cultural and shopping point of view. Returned home being much more knowledgeable about vietnam and throughly ... Read More
Wanted to see and learn about viet nam. Could not do it in a better fashion than a vrc. It was outstanding from a historic,cultural and shopping point of view. Returned home being much more knowledgeable about vietnam and throughly enjoyed the trip. The tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the history and was honest in his assessment. Service on board was great as usual with the quality of food being outstanding! The land portion was well organized and the hotels were first class. most of the land excursions were of interest but not all of them. However the balance was great. The captain was always present and interacted with the passangers which made the atmosphere much more friendly. We have certainly cultivated new friends as a result. I would strongly recommend this one to friends who want to do something different and learn a lot about a country rich in history. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
There are a few different companies that offer similar cruises up the Mekong, but we had sailed with Viking River Cruises in the past and were happy with them. I booked the April sailing, the last of the season because we could not sail ... Read More
There are a few different companies that offer similar cruises up the Mekong, but we had sailed with Viking River Cruises in the past and were happy with them. I booked the April sailing, the last of the season because we could not sail earlier. This meant that we had to deal with the summer heat, which made the trip uncomfortable at times, but still well worthwhile. We took the 3 day Bangkok pre cruise extension and the 2 day Halong Bay post cruise extension. I would recommend both if you have the time, since the 12 hour difference in time from North America causes some jet lag that needs to be overcome. Both places are worth a visit if you travel that far. We enjoyed the company of 52 other passengers, most were about the same age group of active 60 and 70 year old travelers. We got along well. The ship (boat) is very nice, built for Viking by Pandow, and is named Pandow Tonle, after the Cambodian Lake of that name. Cambodian regulations did not allow Viking to put their name on a boat until they have done business there for many years. Perhaps they will design and built a new vessel in the future, but this one was just fine, and described in detail in previous reviews. We enjoyed the stops along the river and the activities Viking included. There were many opportunities to shop. We were always glad to get back to the air-conditioned boat because the temperatures were usually in the 90's or even 100 F, with high humidity. By the time we got to Phnom Penh some people opted to miss some trips because of this, but we did not want to miss anything. The "Killing Fields" were a must see, there were few people that did not lose a family member during this time. It really makes an impression. So my only complaint was the heat, and we knew that it would be bad in April, and the locals said that it was worse than usual for this time of year. Our cabin was fine, but the air-conditioner was working full time and an electric fan in the cabin would have helped in the early evening. Most of all, I was impressed with how this part of the world has recovered from the times I was there between 1965 and 1974. I could not recognize Saigon, only a few of the buildings. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this cruise and land excursion to get a good understanding of the culture of SE Asia. Unlike others I found the ship quaint and it fit the area we were traveling in. While the stairs were steep and there were some tall banks ... Read More
We chose this cruise and land excursion to get a good understanding of the culture of SE Asia. Unlike others I found the ship quaint and it fit the area we were traveling in. While the stairs were steep and there were some tall banks to climb. The itinerary stated that this trip was for people that could climb stairs and navigate uneven terrain. Viking went out of their way to accommodate people that were physically challenged. The food was excellent on the ship. There were two meals that were served away from the hotel and the ship that were less than spectacular. I would suggest that Viking revisit those locations. Excursions were excellent. The only excursion that I would do away with is the one to the lacquer factory. It turned out to be a shopping stop a a cheap souvenir shop. All of the rest of the stops were extremely interesting. We also found our tour guide Lee to go out of his way to insure that we having a good time. He was well trained and very knowledgeable about all the areas and history of the region. Viking also brought in secondary guides in parts of Vietnam and Cambodia. The tour included a visit to a school and a orphanage. Most of the people on the tour only went to the orphanage. I would suggest that one of these tours be replaced with an alternate excursion. Vikings plan to include all excursions as part of the tour makes it easier for planning and keeping the group together. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My wife had wanted to see Vietnam and Cambodia for sometime and we were able to tie this into a reunion in the Australia. Because this was and land and river cruise adventure we were able to see and experience much of the region. The ... Read More
My wife had wanted to see Vietnam and Cambodia for sometime and we were able to tie this into a reunion in the Australia. Because this was and land and river cruise adventure we were able to see and experience much of the region. The ship was exceptional in all areas and perfect for the region. It is not a large ship but is very comfortable with exceptionally well appointed cabins. Food was very good and included opportunities to taste local cuisine. The use of san pans to move us to the ports in Vietnam was well done and required minimum athletic ability to board. Once on board it was a comfortable ride to shore while the local guide gave interesting information and side lights about the pace we were visiting that day. The ships wifi was sufficient to be able to keep in contact. Ports and excursions were different than in Europe. Some ports in Cambodia other than Penom Phen were reached by pulling up to a river bank. Excursions were varied and all informative and enjoyable. The only downside was the heat and humidity. Since we expected the weather, we had prepared for it by exercising ahead of time. Land tours in Hanoi were well managed with buses and motorized rickshaws. The rickshaws were used in the old city because the roads are original and not very wide. Entertainment before and after the cruise was very good. The two countries both had their own flavor in the dining and entertainment. Overall we felt the trip was exceptional and was another Viking success story that will keep us coming back to Viking Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Viking Mekong Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 3.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 2.0 3.3
Family 1.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 5.0 4.9
Value For Money 5.0 4.7
Rates 4.0 N/A

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