34 Viking River Viking Mekong Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date December 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
Sail Date October 2015
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
I had a difficult time finding reviews, and after I got there realized that the boat itself was called Tonle Pandaw, so if you're having difficulty that may be the reason. The weather is hot and humid. Right now they have a drought ... Read More
I had a difficult time finding reviews, and after I got there realized that the boat itself was called Tonle Pandaw, so if you're having difficulty that may be the reason. The weather is hot and humid. Right now they have a drought going on, so we had little rain. So there were a few things I did right. 1. Bought baby powder w/ cornstarch at $ store 2. Took Lemon Eucalyptus oil (bought at Nat'l Grocers instead of deet. That was info I found online. Bought it because I didn't want to smell at night. Liked it so well that I used it all the time instead of the Max 30% deet I also bought. Got it online...green spray bottle. No mosquito bites...and they like me. 3. Bought cool cloths on HSN and used them around my neck. Actually, liked the necktie one best. Things I did wrong: 1. I had a choice between Golite clothing and Eddie Bauer travel. Took 3 capris in Golite. 1 in Eddie Bauer. Should have gone the other way. The Eddie Bauer breathed MUCH better and was much cooler. 3. Should have carried an umbrella each day. 4. Lt.wt. purse..when you're hot a purse sticking to your side isn't great. 5. Should have taken more cash..esp. $1's and $5's. Take $75 1's Our tour director Bob was fantastic. I'd give him 10 stars out of 5. Tour directors carry repellant, pills for anything you might need, rain ponchos, and Viking gives you cleaning cloths each time you get on bus after tour..plus water is available always. I only gave cruise 3 stars, not because Viking wasn't great, but because I had great difficulty w/ the heat. Angkor Wat was 93...felt like 115 according to Weather channel. And it did. I don't do well in heat. Saigon was the 88 w/ 88 humidity I was expecting. That was tolerable. Knew that going in, but my husband wanted to revisit Vietnam. Highlight was electric "cars" in Hanoi. Be prepared for POVERTY. Didn't go to brick factory and school. People said we didn't miss anything. I think Viking could rethink some of their tours. Floating markets and any other markets were great. Viking gives you a great emersion into all vehicles used ..except motorcycle, which was okay w/ me. Went to Raffles in Phnom Penn. Just nice to sit and chat. Much of cruise folks showed up. Saigon has changed a lot in 50 years according to him..now a BIG city. Sofitel is excellent. People in Vietnam are outstanding, no animosity towards Americans, and most speak English. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The ship with 44 passengers was everything a 81 year old traveller with an 80 year old spouse could ask for The crew were fantastic and very helpful. I was on a limited diet and the maitre d made sure that there was food that I could ... Read More
The ship with 44 passengers was everything a 81 year old traveller with an 80 year old spouse could ask for The crew were fantastic and very helpful. I was on a limited diet and the maitre d made sure that there was food that I could eat at every meal. All our shore excursions were excellently planned and if I or any other passenger needed any assistance because of the steep steps or anything else, there was always some on to assist. The guides furnished were exceptional and knowlegeable and helped make the trip an exceptional trip. We participated in everything that was offered. The ship had guest lelcturers and movies. The food was excellent and the service even better. I highly recommend a cruise on Vikings mekong Delta. Ina ddition to the cruise we started at Hanoi and there were three days in Cambodia at Siem Reap and three days in Viet Nam ending at Saigon. The only draw back to the entire 15 day trip was the fact that our flight from the US to Hanoi had us arriving at about midnight instead of late in the afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Our 21 day tour began in Bangkok and ended Cambodia at Angkor Wat. The guides and service staff were outstanding. The tours were interesting, however, they did not include a downtown tour of the city of Bangkok. It would have been much ... Read More
Our 21 day tour began in Bangkok and ended Cambodia at Angkor Wat. The guides and service staff were outstanding. The tours were interesting, however, they did not include a downtown tour of the city of Bangkok. It would have been much more interesting to see this city than do the railroad market. The tours left a lot to be desired in regard to seeing life in the larger cities. I grew up on a farm and did not need to see a pepper field or go to a brick factory. In regard to the later, this was an area that was not safe to walk around in. Industrial clutter was everywhere and easily one could have hurt themselves. The junk rides were fun but the areas to disembark were steep, wet and again very unsafe. The saving grace was the guide, Ut, who was wonderful. Viking needs to consider a more modern and up to date ship. The "cute little ship" we were on was the worst one we have taken on a river cruise. The stairs were very narrow and steep much like on a naval vessel. There were thresholds everywhere at each door. This is not a good thing when the travelers were all over 60! I tripped on one and broke my ankle while on the tour. No wheelchair was available either and no elevator! As a temporary measure I had to use an office chair with wheels to try to get around my room. I had to convince the administrator to get a wheelchair which he did for me. The lounge area for movies and spa was in the lower level of the ship with again a very steep narrow stairwell. This was very poorly supplied with old worn out furniture I would have had placed in my basement for the grand kids to jump on. I would recommend the tour but not on the current ship. Avalon had one of their ships pulled up next to us and it was a smaller version of the big Viking ships. If I had known this ship was available I would have selected them to travel with. The evening briefing was held on the sundeck with another steep and narrow naval stairwell to climb. With the broken ankle I was left with the choice of not to go or slide on my butt up each stair to the top of the ship. Don't get me wrong I have taken many tours with Viking and been very happy with them. This simply is an issue that Viking needs to correct and upgrade. The staff and the tour guide made this tour as great as it could be. Bravo for hiring and training great people! Read Less
Sail Date April 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
We began our Mekong adventure by flying in early to Hanoi just before the Chinese New Year. The city of Hanoi was lit up like our Christmas lights all around the lake and in the neighborhoods. It was delightful! Everyone should experience ... Read More
We began our Mekong adventure by flying in early to Hanoi just before the Chinese New Year. The city of Hanoi was lit up like our Christmas lights all around the lake and in the neighborhoods. It was delightful! Everyone should experience Chinese New Year at least once in their lives in Hanoi. The next day we took the Viking extension to Ha Long Bay and saw the hundreds of rock islands. Beautiful and so different from anything we've ever seen. We then went back to Hanoi and began the Viking River tour, including Siem Reap, Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. Our tour group consisted of approximately 40 people and we were split into two groups of 20 and spent the land portions of the tour in the same bus and with the same tour guide "Bob". By splitting into the same tour group we were able to get to know our fellow travelers better and become familiar with our guide. Bob was fabulous! Friendly, knowledgeable, great sense of humor - it was a great experience being part of "Bob's family" for 15 days. Our first experience getting onto the boat was eye-opening to us. We climbed over a short wall and crew members helped us climb down to the ship on dirt steps dug out of the hill. It was quite an introduction! Thankfully crew members carried anything we needed onto the ship and held our hands as we came down the make shift ramp. The food was great - no complaints in any way. It was fun to try Cambodian delicacies one evening (fried frogs, silk worm larvae, bugs), but you didn't have to join in - all the other food was aimed at American, Canadian, Australian, English tastes. There were so many activities along the way. All educational and new experiences for most of us. A wonderful time. I think one thing that surprised me was how tranquil it was sailing on the Mekong. Passing fishing villages, farms, fish pens - life on the Mekong is vibrant and awesome. I couldn't go inside to rest for our next adventure because I didn't want to miss any village or temple we were passing. One last significant note - the Cambodian & Vietnamese people are extremely friendly. Children would come out to wave to us. Parents didn't mind us taking their children's picture - and they would even invite us to come into their homes or boats to see how they lived. Lovely people! If Cambodia & Vietnam were not so far away - I'd be going back again and again. The only negative from our trip - I was eaten alive on my legs from the mosquitoes - even with bug spray on and wearing Off ankle strips. Take precautions if mosquitoes like you! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Viking Mekong Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 3.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 3.0 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 2.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.3
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.9
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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