Angkor Wat was the only thing left on my bucket list. I was turning 70 and we were celebrating our 10th anniversary - what better way to make those events memorable than with a 14 night cruise on the Magnificent Mekong River with Viking River Cruises. From the moment we arrived at the airport in Hanoi , the Viking tour director was there to see to our every need. A more professional operation I have never experienced. The accommodations were 5 star, the restaurants for the most part were delightful - we loved the regional food - plus I had special dietary restrictions but our program director was able to made sure that at each restaurant, wherever we went, was most accommodating. On board the Viking Saigon - the entire staff was personable and extremely professional. The scheduled itinerary was educational and often entertaining - think monkeys! As our tour guide said " you are not on vacation - you are on tour" . We were "on tour" and soaked up every experience happily. The only drawback in our on board stateroom was the lack of usable drawer space to stash clothing. But if that is my only complaint - I'd have to say that all in all it was an experience not to be missed. After reviewing all of the pictures I took, I realize why were were so happy to lay down at the end of every day. We did A LOT!! It was THE BEST! Thank you thank you to our Viking tour program directors/guides Bob and Lee. Thank you Viking Saigon ship captain, management and personnel. From our wonderful hotel manager Enrico Schiappapietra, to the restaurant maitre d' Phalla, our wait and bar staff Rithy, Chandy, Soth - to Zsolt Noszko the Hungarian chef (and other chefs), to the gals at the ships desk, Anet Pum, always there and ready to help with a personal greeting morning and night, to our personal cabin attendant Sam who turned down our bed every night. It was truly a WONDERFUL trip and we thank you greatly for taking such good care of us. Best to you all in the New Year 2023 - from Lindy and Bill
For a stateroom with a veranda - I was really disappointed that the only real usable drawer for clothing was in the bathroom behind the door. It seems pretty obvious a woman did NOT design this room. The clothes line was too high for me to reach - being a lady of 5'3" - and the magnifying makeup mirror too was too high to be of any use to me. thankfully I brought along a small magnifying mirror that I stuck to the outside wall of the shower - and then darn it - forgot it when we left. There was a rather large deep shelf below the drawer with the room safe, and another under the drawer in the bathroom. What were these for? UN-usable space as far as I could tell. There were 2 shallow drawers in the desk and a small set of drawers on either bed stand but again not a lot for someone traveling 8 days on a river and wanting to finally unpack. Loved the amenities. Thank you for those.