14 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 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
Friends recommended Viking and we both wanted to cruise the Mekong. The trip was made infinitely more enjoyable due to the two tour directors - Kong and Lee - they were exceptional at every turn. Additionally, our local guides were also ... Read More
Friends recommended Viking and we both wanted to cruise the Mekong. The trip was made infinitely more enjoyable due to the two tour directors - Kong and Lee - they were exceptional at every turn. Additionally, our local guides were also excellent - knowledgeable and very personable. A further part of the trip that made it enjoyable was the other passengers we made friends with - definitely a plus, although not within the control of Viking. My wife had some concerns before the trip as to the food on board as well as during field trips. She was very pleasantly surprised with the excellent meals we had on board, as there were "Western Food" choices at every meal that satisfied her needs. The support staff on the boat were also excellent - friendly and efficient - knew our names after one day. A further highlight of the trip was the hotels we stayed in - absolutely mindblowing, particularly the Reverie in Saigon - possibly the most opulent hotel we have ever stayed in. Shore excursions were always on time, and beautifully organised... local guides very knowledgeable and each entertaining in their own way. Weather was spectacular - never rained during our on shore activity - weather was controlled by Kong! Based on this trip, we will definitely cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The cruise was excellent from start to the end. Our Guide received us at the Ho chi Minh City Airport and stayed with us to the end. It was a small intimate ship where we got to know all the fellow passengers. The cabin was adequate and ... Read More
The cruise was excellent from start to the end. Our Guide received us at the Ho chi Minh City Airport and stayed with us to the end. It was a small intimate ship where we got to know all the fellow passengers. The cabin was adequate and very well appointed considering the small size of the ship. The crew of the ship made every effort to cater to each passenger and their special needs with a smile. The shore excursions were planned and conducted by experienced guides who had intimate knowledge of the history and the culture of the places and loved to share it with us. The choice of hotels for this cruise vacation were also great, which included really the most luxurious hotels located conveniently near the city centers. Me and my wife had a great experience and I would really recommend it to any one who is looking for an extra-ordinary cruise vacation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our seventh Viking river cruise and 4 months later we still say it was our best ever. We started in Ho Chi Min City, ended in Hanoi and included the Ha Long Bay extension. All the hotels were excellent but we really loved the ... Read More
This was our seventh Viking river cruise and 4 months later we still say it was our best ever. We started in Ho Chi Min City, ended in Hanoi and included the Ha Long Bay extension. All the hotels were excellent but we really loved the Hanoi Metropole. We know to expect a perfect balance of comfort, good food and culture with Viking but the people we met on this trip made this a unique experience. I have to mention our excellent programme director, Henry and also Ut who accompanied us to Ha Long Bay. They worked brilliantly together. I can't mention individuals without mentioning the Cambodian guides we had, Mao, Sky and Sim. We really felt we were learning about their culture and way of life. All excursions were included and all added something different. I lost count of the number of different means of transport we used. The optional excursion to the Viking sponsored school was a highlight for us. Not many people went on this because it was a very hot day and we had had a busy morning but I highly recommend it. The children showed us around their school and village. The cabins are not as well-designed as the European ones. The boat is also smaller but this meant we got to know the mainly Cambodian crew really well, adding to the cultural experience. I could go into a lot more detail but I would find it difficult to know where to stop. It is all good. If you like Viking (we have already booked our 2018 river cruise with them) or if you are thinking of this holiday then just book it. It is wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I can't say enough good about this cruise. First, the ship was a throwback to the old British colonial days with teakwood and shuttered doors. We felt like we were reliving history as we along the Mekong. Our room was compact but ... Read More
I can't say enough good about this cruise. First, the ship was a throwback to the old British colonial days with teakwood and shuttered doors. We felt like we were reliving history as we along the Mekong. Our room was compact but comfortable. The foods prepared by our chef was exceptional. He prepared special foods daily for those, like myself, with food allergies. The staff from captain to Enrico the Hotel Director to our cabin steward dedicated themselves to passengers having an enjoyable experience. Travelers on this cruise were genuinely nice and everyone seemed to enjoy each other's company. Our tour director Sinh made sure each of us had a great trip. Our local guides were very knowledgeable and informative. They were very candid about life in Vietnam and Cambodia. I couldn't have asked for a better itinerary. This is our third Viking cruise and it won't be our last. Although we've done more than 50 cruises, this was truly a totally wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We arrived 2 days early to not be jet lagged. The Viking staff arranged a room. We stayed at the Hotel Sofitel which was modern and has a wonderful buffet. We paid for the expensive breakfast buffet at the hotel and we're extremely ... Read More
We arrived 2 days early to not be jet lagged. The Viking staff arranged a room. We stayed at the Hotel Sofitel which was modern and has a wonderful buffet. We paid for the expensive breakfast buffet at the hotel and we're extremely glad we did. You really don't need lunch if you do. I strongly recommend the high tea in the bar. I also suggest you pick up some small toys and candy to give to children on the rural parts of the tour. The Viking tour director Mr. Ut was incredibly knowledgeable about Saigon. The river boat was immaculate. The teak decks beautiful. I loved the open deck on top with the bar for coffee before breakfast and drinks after dinner. The rooms are small but the bath area was larger than i expected. The staff could not have been better. The wait staff knew our names by the 2nd day and we did not have assigned seating. The food was excellent with unlimited drinks with meals on board. The spa staff was so good my husband and i each had 3 massages.Every day but one we had 2 excursions such as the silversmith village, silk weaving village, floating fish farms, ect. This was all incredible. The stay in Siem Repp was great. The Hotel Sofitel there was gorgeous. The staff arranged an elephant ride early morning around one of the temples. Spectacular. We viewed a local circus, no animals. That was fun. A group of us went to the fish pedicure spa. $4 for a beer and as long as you liked the minnows nibbled your toes. What fun. Bring plenty of small American dollars to buy trinkets. Cambodia uses dollars more than local currency. The people were wonderful. Bring bug spray! Treated clothes are best (we had only 1-2 bites). Sunscreen is a must. They provide local head gear which works very well. The staff constantly provides bottles of water. Arm cover is needed for some temples. No tank tops on those days. An umbrella for shade is a good idea. It is very hot and moist. Expect to shower 2-3 times a day. Hanoi was more rushed than the rest of the trip. Lots to see. If you can stay longer see the water puppet show. Less people speak English in Hanoi than the rest of the trip. However the staff at the Hotel Continental were top notch. I recommend a walk by the nearby lake with tea or drinks at one of the local tea shops. Our trip was beyond what we expected and i would do it again in a minute. We did travel at the least crowded time of the year which was worthwhile because Angkor Wat was not crowded. Our group included some younger members but most were 50-70 years old and well travelled. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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
The Viking Mekong cruise not only afforded the opportunity to experience the Mekong Delta, the breadbasket of Vietnam, but also the ability to visit Cambodia. I knew from my days as a soldier in Southeast Asia in the 1960's that ... Read More
The Viking Mekong cruise not only afforded the opportunity to experience the Mekong Delta, the breadbasket of Vietnam, but also the ability to visit Cambodia. I knew from my days as a soldier in Southeast Asia in the 1960's that travel in that part of the world could be challenging for a westerner. The Viking Mekong cruise was an ideal way to experience not just large cities but small cities, villages, and farms and still enjoy western accommodations. The ship was a replica of a colonial era riverboat and was nicely finished with teak throughout. The rooms were fine, not large but large enough, for sleeping since at almost all other times there were activities going on that you did not want to miss. With a maximum of 56 guests, the ship was perfect for mingling and getting to know other passengers. Every meal was a social experience with new friends. The diet was western for the most part but every lunch and dinner had a choice for a regional dish such as pho, steamed fish etc. If you are a loner this would not be the cruise to embark on. The crew seemed to be exclusively Cambodian and were wonderful. The staff spoke fairly good English and I got to know them easily. We had two Vietnamese guides onboard, who also were with us on a pre-embarkation two days in Saigon and post-embarkation trips of three days in Siem Reaf (Angor Wat) and two days in Hanoi. Along the way we also had local guides in the Delta and in Cambodia. The guides were fantastic and filled us in on current and recent life in both Vietnam and Cambodia. Their stories personalized what happened after the recent wars in both countries and during and after the genocide in Cambodia. If you like drama, you will not need to bring a novel with you on this cruise because the drama is present with the guides and locals. The days were often very busy with excursions, everything from walking tours, bus tours, sampan rides to remote backwaters, rickshaw tours, and tuk tuk tours. The nights were often full with lectures, films, and movies on the areas visited. Probably the highlight of the trip was several days touring the temples around Siem Reaf. The guides did a good job filling us in on the history of the temples and the ancient Khmer empire as well as getting us around the crowds of other tour groups. There were 7 nights in hotels on the trip all 4-5 star with excellent restaurants. Once in the hotels it was hard to believe you were in SEA instead of Paris or Rome. Viking really pulled off a winner here when you consider the whole package and extent. Probably a pre-requisite for the trip is some interest in SEA and if you have it you will not regret this cruise. Mostly Americans on the trip but I met a South African couple, several English couples, a Canadian couple and a South American couple. I will stop here because if I keep writing about how much I enjoyed it I might be tempted to sign up again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Interesting trip along the Mekong River. We began our trip in Ho Chi Min City and explored this busy and populous city. And the trip to the ship included a visit to Cu Chi tunnels which the Viet Cong used during the war to attack US ... Read More
Interesting trip along the Mekong River. We began our trip in Ho Chi Min City and explored this busy and populous city. And the trip to the ship included a visit to Cu Chi tunnels which the Viet Cong used during the war to attack US troops. We will take excursions off the ship daily to see and experience life along the river in both Viet Nam and Cambodia. Phnom Penh was particularly interesting stop and we sampled all thing made of rice and some snake wine as well. We tried every type of transportation from ox carts to tuk tuks. Embarking and disembarking went smoothly. The staff was very accommodating and professional. Rooms and exterior areas were always spotless. Our room opened up with pocket doors on to the walkway with chairs for each cabin right outside their doors. Meals were varied and very good with the opportunity to sample some local fare. Taste of Cambodia was one such dinner. The sun deck was the an excellent location for relaxing during afternoon and post dinner sailings. Our tour guide Henry was excellent. Informative, with a very can-do attitude. Read Less
Sail Date March 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
We loved this cruise. The staff friendly and helpful. The guides (Ut and Tony) were outstanding, very helpful and gave us interesting insights into the two countries we visited (Vietnam and Cambodia). We visited out of the way places we ... Read More
We loved this cruise. The staff friendly and helpful. The guides (Ut and Tony) were outstanding, very helpful and gave us interesting insights into the two countries we visited (Vietnam and Cambodia). We visited out of the way places we would never have done on our own. The local guides were all very good too and shared their love for the places we saw and their special knowledge. The city tours and Angor Wat temples were wonderful and well organized. We took the extended tour to Halong Bay and it was worth the extra time and cost. What a beautiful sight! We got the chance to visit a couple of schools during the trip and talk with the children and teachers. It was very heartening to see the efforts made by the new generation to overcome the hardships caused by the country's recent history. We liked being able to contribute something to these efforts. The ship was a nice size, about 50 passengers, and we were happy to get to know the others in the group. The food was varied and very good.The cabins were lovely and comfortable -- wood paneled like the boat itself. We loved the old-timey feel -- but appreciated the air-conditioning! The weather, even in January, is pretty hot and humid, so pack accordingly. We enjoyed the pre-breakfast tai-chi lessons on the top deck each morning, watching the sunrise and seeing the fishing boats making their way along the river. We enjoyed the cocktail hour on the top deck every evening, watching the sun set on the Mekong. Beautiful photos! All the hotel stays were luxurious. The hotel in Siem Riep (near the Angor temples) was heavenly. I'd go on this cruise again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date January 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
Our Viking trip to SE Asia was excellent. We had expectations regarding this part of the world based on what thought we knew as Americans; we found many other points of view freely expressed in countries just coming to enjoy a less ... Read More
Our Viking trip to SE Asia was excellent. We had expectations regarding this part of the world based on what thought we knew as Americans; we found many other points of view freely expressed in countries just coming to enjoy a less repressed life. Viking's approach, as usual, was comprehensive , offering very comfortable accommodations, good food, and interesting cultural experiences. This is a part of the world that has suffered greatly and paid an awful price because of war and brutal governance. Rebirth is underway, more so in Vietnam than Cambodia, with great optimism for a brighter future. Be prepared for hot and humid weather. Our individual cabins were air conditioned as was the restaurant and the bar. There was a large shaded upper deck with comfortable seating but the intensity of the sun could still be felt. A large room on a lower deck, also with a.c., was used for educational talks and films. However the furnishings ware physically large and too much crowded together. Dining experiences off the ship provided only fair Westernized food, not what we were hoping for. Excellent guides in both Vietnam and Cambodia; solid hotel choices for the land portions. Shore excursions were all interesting but in both countries the tourist infrastructure is a work in progress. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This cruise included a land package. We visited Cambodia. The tours all included were excellent. Not only did we have a Viking guide with us at all times, but also a local guide. There is not a lot of entertainment, but plenty information. ... Read More
This cruise included a land package. We visited Cambodia. The tours all included were excellent. Not only did we have a Viking guide with us at all times, but also a local guide. There is not a lot of entertainment, but plenty information. Not a good cruise for handicapped, as there are no elevators and embarking and disembarking is difficult. Plenty walking. A great learning experience. Beautiful countries. People very gracious. Read Less
Sail Date January 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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