Viking Mekong joined the Viking River Cruises' fleet in 2002 with its compact and state-of-the-art design built specifically to navigate the Mekong River. Small yet intimate, this stylish ship accommodates 56 guests and boasts sweeping river views, hotel-style amenities, and a casual atmosphere with an attentive crew. Days onboard are spent at a leisurely pace; the Sun Deck is the social hub of the ship during the day to sunbathe, sip cocktails, and watch your spectacular passing views. Check in back home with friends and family with use of the Wi-Fi access or shop 'til you drop in the boutique. Invest in a thrilling story with the added peace and quiet of the library or unwind with a revitalising massage. Discover the spacious cabins and staterooms spread across two specially appointed decks and equipped with floor-to-ceiling sliding French doors, hotel-style beds, air-conditioning, daily replenished bottled water, and a hairdryer for your comfort. See Asia's favourite ports in comfort and style aboard Viking Mekong.
Enjoy your meals in the main sun-lit dining room; tuck into breakfasts of bread, pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses, cereal, yogurt, and hot cooked breakfast options. Expect a wide salad bar for lunch as well as flavourful soups, sandwiches, fresh fish, and vegetarian options. Feast on a menu of regional specialities at dinner time and one night of your cruise you can look forward to a Cambodian family-style dinner.
Find the bar situated on the Sun Deck. Sip your favourite drinks and look forward to performances, Cambodian fashion shows, folklore shows, and live music. There's often a special drink during cocktail time.
Attend engaging talks in the lecture room on the Main Deck to hear from the program directors and guest speakers on the region's history. Pick yourself up an enticing read from the library and enjoy some rest time on the Sun Deck to sit and read your book in the shaded area, sip refreshing drinks, or work on your tan. If you feel like loosening up treat yourself to a massage onboard or shop for gifts in the boutique.
Day 1: Fly UK to Hanoi, Vietnam
Fly from your selected UK airport to Hanoi and be transferred to your hotel for a two night stay.
Day 2: Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi sits on the banks of the Red River and is the capital of Vietnam. Take a stroll through the bustling Old Quarter to explore the Bach Ma Temple and taste the street food at Dong Xuan Market. Escape to nearby tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and cross a red bridge to one of the lake's islands, home to Ngoc Son Temple. Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Military History Museum, Fine Art Museum, and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology are a must for culture fans. Stop by Hoa Lo Prison Museum, better known as the place where American POWs were held during the Vietnam War. No visit here would be complete without watching one of Hanoi's water puppet shows at the Municipal Water Puppet Theatre or walking alongside Tay Ho Lake to view the Tay Ho and Tran Quoc Pagodas.
Day 3: Hanoi, Vietnam > Siem Reap, Cambodia
Check out of your hotel and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, once arrived be transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.
Day 4-5: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. The city is the country's major tourist hub, due its proximity to the world-famous temples of Angkor. Spend an afternoon exploring the surreal Angkor National Museum and discover the ancient history of Cambodia. Stop by the Artisans Angkor and admire the stunning handmade crafts and silk. Get lost in the sights and aromas at Senteurs d’Angkor Botanic Garden, filled with wonderful spices, soaps, tea, and local cuisine. Visit the heart of Siem Reap and admire old French shop-houses, shady tree-lined boulevards, and slow-flowing rivers.
Day 6: Siem Reap, Cambodia > Kampong Cham, Cambodia
Check out of your hotel and be transferred to Kampong Cham where you will embark on board Viking Mekong for your cruise.
Day 7: Kampong Cham, Cambodia
Kampong is a city on the Mekong River in southeastern Cambodia known for its French colonial buildings and towards the south Koh Pen Island can be reached via a long bamboo bridge. Visit the local markets in the area to pick up gimmicks and goods, as well as meat, spices, clothing, hardware, and toys. Enjoy a sunset boat tour along the Mekong River, where your guide will tell you all about Kampong. Perhaps hire a biycle and cycle around Koh Paen Island or explore Mountain Pros and Mountain Srey, two mountains located west of the city. Phnom Hanchey Hilltop Temple is a great visit for many; its striking colours and calm ambience will take your breath away. Head to the top of the French Lookout Tower up the 100 rickety steps for the chance to take in fantastic views of the town.
Day 8-9: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh is Cambodia's busy capital city. Discover the bustling riverfront on foot or tour the nearby food markets to experience the local cuisine. Take a tuk tuk to explore the city's colonial buildings, the Central Market, and its art deco architecture. Visit the National Museum and Royal Palace, both of which are popular attractions that showcase the history of the region. Alternatively, visit the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
Day 10: Cruising the Mekong River, Cambodia
Day 11: Tân Châu, Vietnam
Tan Chau in Vietnam is famous for its silk making; the locals produce quality natural silk which is famous for its softness, toughness, long-wear, and high absorbency. The secluded region is a typical Asian city which remains untouched by time. Experience the local culture first-hand as you discover its country landscape and its friendly people. The quiet atmosphere created by the lovely natural environment around the village offers seclusion to the area.
Day 12: Sa Ðéc, Vietnam
Sa Dec is a Provincial city in Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. Visit the atmospheric 1895 Huynh Thuy Old House along the riverfront, once the residence of a son of a rich Chinese family. Wander the small nurseries and canals of Sa Dec Flower Village, most famous for its beautiful roses. Shop in the riverside Night Market lively with restaurants as well as brimming stalls with delicious grilled food. Take a stroll through Tram Chim National Park; perfect for nature lovers to discover over 200 species of bird. A riot of colour, Cao Dai Temple on the far side of the river is a brilliant visit or perhaps marvel at the spectacular architecture of Kim Hue pagoda.
Day 13: Mỹ Tho, Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Disembark in Mỹ Tho and be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City where you will check into your hotel for your two night stay.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Dock at Phu My and travel to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Vietnam's capital city has a strong heritage and vivid culture with plenty of modern twists. Explore French colonial architecture, shop at a designer mall and sample some street food as you wander around the energetic avenues. You can visit the colourful floating markets of Mekong Delta, before heading to the city's famous landmarks — including Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the National Museum of Vietnamese History. Discover wartime Vietnam at the Cu Chi tunnels and Independence Palace, then treat yourself to port, sticky rice and seafood dishes flavoured with lemongrass, coconut milk and peanut dipping sauce!
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to UK
Check out of your hotel and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.