2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Interested in going to Vietnam and Cambodia to experience the culture, history, people and the food. While I knew it would be hot, I was not prepared for the humidity. The humidity permeated everything, even the air conditioned rooms. ... Read More
Interested in going to Vietnam and Cambodia to experience the culture, history, people and the food. While I knew it would be hot, I was not prepared for the humidity. The humidity permeated everything, even the air conditioned rooms. We chose Viking because we have cruised with them 6 previous times This was a combination land and river cruise. All of the hotels were Outstanding! The ship was a disappointment. The crew, food, and service was excellent but the ship was too small. Dining was cramped and our cabin was the largest on the ship but small compared to other Viking river boats. Our tour director, Tony, who was with us the entire trip was the best we have ever had. He made the trip! He I would recommend the trip because of the destinations and shore excursions ( especially Hanoi, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Saigon). However, I would not do it again unlike other trips (Egypt, China, Russia etc) that I would do again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
This was a wonderful journey, part land tour and part cruise with a company, Viking, that we've come to trust and enjoy. We started in Hanoi, a group of 54 people. We were divided into two groups with each of us having an escort for ... Read More
This was a wonderful journey, part land tour and part cruise with a company, Viking, that we've come to trust and enjoy. We started in Hanoi, a group of 54 people. We were divided into two groups with each of us having an escort for the complete journey. Our escort was from Saigon (the other from Hanoi) and I very much appreciated his frankness and being able to fill in the gaps when talking about the history of Viet Nam and Cambodia. To start, the hotels Viking uses are 5+ star accommodations, from old classic hotel in Hanoi, to a resort in Siem Reap Cambodia, to modern resort in Ha Long Bay, to ultra modern high rise hotel in Saigon. The excursions in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Siem Reap (Ankor Wat) was very well organized and very educational. We did the elephant ride among the temples in Siem Reap on our own and would recommend it. The air flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap was on a new Airbus A321; airport terminals were nice and modern. We had a 3.5 hour bus ride from Siem Reap to the Mekong river port to pick up the Viking Mekong riverboat. It is much shorter than their riverboats in Europe, but there are only 26 staterooms on the boat anyway, so it's much more intimate. The first thing that impresses you is the mahogany wood trim and finish all over the boat. The staterooms are slightly smaller that European boats, but all had a queen/king size bed. Each stateroom opens onto an exterior passageway large enough for a couple of chairs and small table to sit and enjoy the river sights. The food was typical Viking, excellent, with many local and standard choices every day. The riverboat only travels during the day (anchor in the river at night except in Phnom Penh where it's tied up, so you're always able to see river sights everyday. We got to our excursions on the river via large sampans which was exciting. Our escorts presented several lectures on the life and history of Viet Nam/Cambodia which were very well done. Viking had a couple of local groups come aboard for entertainment after dinner which was well presented. The bus ride at the end of the river portion into Saigon took us to the Cu Chi tunnels first which was very educational. We had two nights in Saigon at The Reverie, a wildly luxurious hotel, that was included in the basic Viking journey. We wish we had stayed longer. The whole journey including the embarkation and debarkation were effortless; Viking takes care of it all. I strongly recommend this trip and arriving in your departure city (either Hanoi or Saigon) a couple of days early to adjust to time differentials. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Expect the days to be HOT and humid at each port you visit. If you can stand the heat and like to sweat, then you'll have a great time. I enjoyed the food offered on the ship, the chefs had nightly special, that gave you a chance to ... Read More
Expect the days to be HOT and humid at each port you visit. If you can stand the heat and like to sweat, then you'll have a great time. I enjoyed the food offered on the ship, the chefs had nightly special, that gave you a chance to try foods that you wouldn't have a chance to enjoy otherwise. The crew couldn't have been more helpful, from keeping the room clean, deck dry, and even cleaning your shoes after coming back from shore excursions. The entertainment on board the ship was limited, except they showed several movies about the area, which help you gained a better understand of their culture and customs. Enjoyed visiting villages, palaces, temples, and homes while on the cruse. Took the pre-excursion to Bangkok, Thailand and was glade that I did. Bangkok is truly a colorful city to visit and their temples have the WOW factor that you just can't miss if you want an enjoyable vacation in Asia. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because I have always wanted to return to Vietnam after servicing there in 1970-71. Being able to visit Cambodia and Thailand were added benefits that provided a very unexpected and memorable experience. Our first ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I have always wanted to return to Vietnam after servicing there in 1970-71. Being able to visit Cambodia and Thailand were added benefits that provided a very unexpected and memorable experience. Our first night destination was Hanoi which proved to be a very nice experience. The Sofitel Legend Metropole was beautiful and the service and restaurant were outstanding. The next morning we departed the hotel on the additional trip to Ha Long Bay. We experienced beautiful scenery, a fun trip on a junk with a nice lunch and a trip to a cavern that was a total surprise. Then we were delivered to our hotel by boat. The Vinpearl Hotel was luxurious and welcoming on its own private island. The next morning we visited a cultured pearl farm and learned about the technique and method used to culture a pearl. Then we were off back to Hanoi. We enjoyed and felt safe going out at night to walk through the city to enjoy all of the weekend festivities around the lake. Our next adventure was to fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Visiting the many temples was unbelievable. The pictures you see just don't do them justice.The tour guides, both Viking and local for the entire trip were very knowledgeable and entertaining. After many memorable experiences on land we embarked the Viking Mekong. The ship was beautiful on board (not much to look at from shore). Stateroom was very nice and comfortable, food on board was the highest of quality and the service provided made us feel like we were the only people on board. Perfect! As mentioned earlier our guides were absolutely amazing. The care and concern for our well being was far beyond our expectations. We we got to Saigon our guide, Smiley arranged for me to visit the village in Vietnam that I worked in during the war. The day was a day I will treasure the rest of my life. I felt very proud of what we accomplished and the progress that had been made since 1971. All of the hotels, restaurants and excursions were the best of the best! Handling of luggage and moving us from place to place was perfectly executed. I would make this trip again and again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We had been on trips with Viking before and met people that highly recommended this cruise. We were not disappointed! This was our fourth Viking cruise and all have been great, but we think this one was the best yet. The service, food, ... Read More
We had been on trips with Viking before and met people that highly recommended this cruise. We were not disappointed! This was our fourth Viking cruise and all have been great, but we think this one was the best yet. The service, food, and guides were amazing. We already loved Viking and didn't think they could do better, but they did. The guides were with us through out and all had wonderful stories and history to tell. One of our local guides in Cambodia lived through the Khmer Rouge era, and we also got to meet a gentleman that survived a brutal time in a prison there. We toured small villages and children and adults came out to greet us. The heat and humidity was tough at times, but our guides always had plenty of water for us and they were very attentive to our needs by asking how we were feeling. The ships crew was very friendly and eager to help as well. I would love to go on this cruise again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Choose Viking for thismcruise because we had previously traveled with them and had an emergency which they handled beautifully. Know they would be able to handle any possible problem that might come up. Our group leader, Lee, was ... Read More
Choose Viking for thismcruise because we had previously traveled with them and had an emergency which they handled beautifully. Know they would be able to handle any possible problem that might come up. Our group leader, Lee, was informed, helpful, so willing to share insights of growing up in the area. For the most part, very good local guides. Loved the itinerary as we saw villages and off the beaten track areas, local businesses as well as had time to explore the larger cities on our own. Plenty of time for,shopping but not too much. No expensive add on excursions. Had opportunities to eat local foods, excellent onboard and off educational programs on history, culture, etc. Ship is out of an Agatha Christie novel, beautiful Mahoney, so well cared for. Each cabin had a small outside area. Staff is AMAZING. So well trained, pleasant, willing to,share their experiences and plans. Excellent food with variety as expected. Very nice and varied land accommodations. The only snafu was booking through a third party who did not let us know the problems we would face once we left the Viking itinerary. Got dropped like a hot potatoe, despite all of Lee's efforts. Didn't know we had to reserve our own room for,the first night, didn't know we had to arrange our own transport from airport to hotel by arriving one day early. That really was a mess. Long story. At the end of the tour we continued o our own, again not transfers, help. Etc. if Viking is not going to provide the transfers for independent add on travel, they should pay for the, or refund that portion of the trip. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our second trip with Viking. We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Southeast Asia and we had had a great experience with Viking on our last cruise. This cruise exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend it. I ... Read More
This was our second trip with Viking. We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Southeast Asia and we had had a great experience with Viking on our last cruise. This cruise exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend it. I would say that this is a higher end cruise-specialty cruise. The cruise consists of both a land portion and a cruise on the Mekong. We started at Hanoi, then went to Seim Reap and then drove to the boat. Our last stop was Saigon. We added an additional package to Bangkok at the end. The Mekong Viking is a small (54 passenger) boat. The rooms are very small but nicely decorated. Each room opens up to an outside walkway around the boat. We had a least expensive stateroom but it was more than sufficient.The restaurant is on the main level and has windows to look out. There are long tables sitting about 10. These facilitate getting to know others. Seating is by choice. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style. There were generally three choices for dinner and they accommodated people with special health needs. Lunches included a wide variety of foods and some specialty items. Fried insects were served for dessert one night. We felt the food was excellent both on the ship and on the land portion. On the top floor of the boat, the sides are open but most of it is covered to protect from the sun. This is where everyone spend most of their time. There was also an enclosed bar. Usually there was nightly local entertainment. (Most people were older and tired at night so entertainment tended to be low key but good.) The ship had a mixture of people from the US, Britain, Canada, and Australia. On this cruise, all tours are included. The passengers were divided into two groups. Each group had a program manager for the duration of the trip. I can't say enough good things about ours-Kong. He was very knowledgeable, fun, resourceful and had a great personality. I know the other group also enjoyed their program manager. Kong was always with us and met our every need. We enjoyed all of the excursions. While on the river, we stopped at many small villages which gave us a more rounded picture of Vietnam and Cambodia. We had excellent tour guides-all local. Their personal insights and openness about their lives deeply enriched our experience, especially the guides in Cambodia. The hotels we stayed in were first class. The Metropole in Hanoi is a classic old French built hotel in downtown Hanoi. In Seim Reap, we stayed at the Sofitel Angkor Wat. In Saigon we also stayed at the Sofitel. We particularly liked the hotels in Hanoi and Angkor Wat. The breakfasts were huge buffets. The rooms were roomy, and beautifully designed. In Angkor Wat, for example, we had fresh fruit in the room. We had lunch poolside in Angkor Wat. Service in these hotels was excellent. We felt the hotel in Saigon was more dated in decor. Our only glitch was with Viking's air travel department which initially made the wrong airplane arrangements. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
This was more than a sightseeing trip, this was emersion into a culture unlike my own. This trip provided a well balanced insight into the Vietnamese/Cambodian culture, lifestyle, topography, religions, history and current lifestyle. ... Read More
This was more than a sightseeing trip, this was emersion into a culture unlike my own. This trip provided a well balanced insight into the Vietnamese/Cambodian culture, lifestyle, topography, religions, history and current lifestyle. Led by local guides, overseen by tour coordinator Ute, we were given an insider's view that left me re-examining my own culture and lifestyle and how we interact with other parts of the world. Our accommodations were top notch, the local foods were there for the tasting, and evenings were often filled with local entertainment. The visits to a local school, an orphanage and the Siem Reap Circus enlightened us on how today's youth are overcoming the challenges of the past. Visits to a country home not only provided us with insights on day-to-day living, but gave us a chance to interact with locals, discussing the past and our collective hopes for the future. I rate this the best trip I have ever taken. It was not merely sightseeing, It stimulated reflection on my own country and culture for better and for worse. This was a chance of a lifetime. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Pre-trip Ha Long Bay, (Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City) Hanoi, Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Mekong River Cruise, Ho Chi Minh City We have never been taken care of so well on any other Viking River Cruises as we were on the Viking Mekong. This ... Read More
Pre-trip Ha Long Bay, (Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City) Hanoi, Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Mekong River Cruise, Ho Chi Minh City We have never been taken care of so well on any other Viking River Cruises as we were on the Viking Mekong. This was our fifth river cruise with Viking (Danube, Paris/Normandy, China, and Russia prior). Bob(Tuyen Nguyen) met us at the airport in Hanoi, he took us under his wing and catered to us with knowledge, humor, care, and sensitivity throughout the entire trip until we left Ho Chi Minh City to fly back home. There was no problem with anything because of Bob. He performed all details necessary for us, so we could just sit back and enjoy .He always was concerned about our well being and satisfaction. His knowledge of Vietnam helped us meld with the culture. His assistant guide for Cambodia, Hang "Phany" was as good as they are. His knowledge of Cambodia was outstanding. Along with his caring demeanor, the service he provided was 5 Star. Bob also gave us a wonderful memory of our trip by photographing the highlights of everything we saw, along with candid pictures of our group. The hotels we stayed at were all 5 star. The dining arrangements on board the ship, the hotels, and throughout the trip were great. The rooms aboard the ship were comfortable. The crew were the happiest most accommodating people we have encountered with Viking. The excursions and special activities provided by Viking made this itinerary unique to all others. This trip was an amazing adventure for my husband and I, along with four others traveling with us. Doubtful if another itinerary could top this one; although, maybe if Bob (Tuyen Nguyen) was the guide???? Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
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
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I felt that I was out of my element going to these countries alone. I didn't want to do "touristy" things. I wanted to learn about the countries. I wanted a smaller group. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and very ... Read More
I felt that I was out of my element going to these countries alone. I didn't want to do "touristy" things. I wanted to learn about the countries. I wanted a smaller group. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. The crew couldn't have been more charming. The atmosphere was very relaxed. No need to dress up. Being on a small boat, we were able to stop and see farms and the way of life. Needless to say, the temples were exquisite. I felt that I got a true insiders view of the countries since the tours were lead by locals. I am so glad that the time in Hanoi and Saigon was short. I got to see the important sites, but not hang around a hotel room. This was a trip of a lifetime! I have recommended it to so many people. I feel so lucky that I chose Viking for this trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
I am interested in history, current culture and architecture. I was able to experience all on this cruise. The guides were locals and extremely knowledgeable. The tours of different areas were small so that you could ask questions as ... Read More
I am interested in history, current culture and architecture. I was able to experience all on this cruise. The guides were locals and extremely knowledgeable. The tours of different areas were small so that you could ask questions as you went along. The boat was small and intimate. You get to know everyone on the cruise. That was great because the other passengers were from all over the world. The staff was fantastic. Because on the smallness of the boat, they were able to anticipate your needs. The hotels when we were not on the boat were beautiful and really captured the area we were in. My only complaint about the trip has nothing to do with the actual cruise. The travel service was not helpful at all. We got our itinerary very late which made it hard to arrange work coverage. Our flight was cancelled and they did not help at all with different options. We spent 13 hours in the Philadelphia airport. Our luggage was lost for almost 1/2 of the trip. Again, no help. The hotels and our guides did most of the work. We did not want to spend our vacation hunting down our luggage. That was not the purpose of our trip. My whole purpose of travel is to learn. I learned so much on this cruise. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
This was our 5th Viking Cruise and like all the others it was great. All the Viking personnel were always there to help with every situation. The Viking Guide was just the best and all the local guides were so knowable regarding their ... Read More
This was our 5th Viking Cruise and like all the others it was great. All the Viking personnel were always there to help with every situation. The Viking Guide was just the best and all the local guides were so knowable regarding their area's of the trip. All the accommodations were first class along with the transportation used for excursions. The food and wine was good and seemed to accommodate everyone's taste buds. We rode elephants in Siem Reap and ox carts, rickshaws and tuk tuk's along the way We did both the pre cruise which included Ha-Long Bay and the extension at the end which was in Bangkok . We packed in a lot of sight seeing with the Viking excursion but still had time for ourselves to explore the different ports. We would recommend the Magnificent Mekong to anyone who loves an elegant adventure and wants to see a completely different culture. . Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
A wonderful experience, attention to every detail. The crew were incredible, we could not have asked for more. Our tour guide/ tour director was the most incredible person who took care of every last detail and more. The boat was ... Read More
A wonderful experience, attention to every detail. The crew were incredible, we could not have asked for more. Our tour guide/ tour director was the most incredible person who took care of every last detail and more. The boat was older but very classic, had everything one could want. The itinerary is so well thought out, a lot of variety and superb excursions, so much to learn, to see, to experience and enjoy. We had a downfall of being an exceptional small group, 11 passengers in total. Although there were many advantages of being this small group, the social and group demands were difficult at times. The meals were superb, a great mix of local ethnic and western choice. Always freshly prepared, beautifully presented and very plentiful. The staff catered to everybody and individual tastes and culinary preferences. Land arrangement both together with the cruise group as well as the add on trips were convenient and very well organized. Outstanding hotels, great locations allowed us so much more than an ocean cruise. We encountered so much human interaction and loved meeting villagers and city dwellers alike. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
I had been to Vietnam during the Vietnam war in the late 60s and wanted to see and experience it in a different light. Angkor Wat was also on our bucket list. We found the Vietnamese people very warm and likable, but their tourism ... Read More
I had been to Vietnam during the Vietnam war in the late 60s and wanted to see and experience it in a different light. Angkor Wat was also on our bucket list. We found the Vietnamese people very warm and likable, but their tourism industry needs a little help finding better venues to see. Cambodia was phenomenal as were there people and the ruins. Angkor Wat is a must see. Bangkok was interesting but very busy, 10 million people with 6 million motor bikes. Canal boat trips were a treat and the off tour restaurants were very good. The weather was exceptionally hot and the air conditioning on the River Boat was hit and miss in the dining room and hard to control in the cabin(too cold or to hot). Cabins are quite small. Cabin access is from the exterior passageway where the pubic could pass, so it was not comfortable to leave our curtains open to view the passing scenery. The crew were exceptional, nice and very accommodating(primarily Cambodian). Dining on the boat was also quite good. Shore excursions were interesting and educational. Our Vietnamese tour guides were exceptional, and very educational. All the Hotels on this trip were luxurious, especially in Bangkok, where we were right on the river and could view the boat traffic which was educational on its own. The Hotel in Siem Reap was the absolute best on the trip. The Buffet meals were exceptional with multi international choices. The cuisine in all of Southeast Asia was delightful, and the markets a real treat. Read Less
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 5.0
Value For Money 5.0 4.7
Rates 4.0 N/A

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