2 Viking River Viking Mekong Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

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
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
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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