Viking Mekong River Cruises
Viking Mekong River Cruise delivers an intimate cruise experience along Asia’s most legendary river.
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Viking Mekong delivers an intimate cruise experience along Asia’s most legendary river. With gleaming mahogany and polished brass, this 56-passenger vessel was built in 2012 and has been designed with a look and feel unlike any other Viking vessel - more French colonial than Scandinavian. However this vessel nonetheless features touches that the line's guests have come to expect, such as L’Occitane bath products and walking tours ashore. This vessel is chartered from Pandaw Cruises and bears the name Tonle Pandaw.
The Mekong is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, lacing a tableau of rapids and whirlpools; sedate backwaters and emerald floodplains. During its passage through Vietnam and Cambodia, the Mekong becomes a vast and gentle life force. The air-conditioned accommodation on the 56-passenger Viking Mekong is spread across Jasmine and Lotus Decks – all have river views and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass French doors that lead out onto a wraparound teak promenade deck. With slatted wood panels enhancing the colonial ambiance, Standard Staterooms are 168 sq ft, while the two Junior Suites come in at 232 sq ft. Each has a small writing desk with a bench seat, mirror and wardrobe; bathrooms have modern fixtures, with sink and shower.
The Sun Deck has plenty of lounge chairs and rattan settees and is kept at a comfortable temperature thanks to an overhead canopy and ceiling-mounted fans. This is the ship's main social hub - everything from cocktails to lectures happens here. There's often a Cambodian fashion show presented by the crew; a performance by an ethnic music troupe or local children demonstrating folkloric dance. There is a small spa with two treatment rooms for massages; early morning Tai Chi is offered on deck.
All meals are served in the sun-lit main restaurant on Lotus Deck where most of the tables are set for six; complimentary soft drinks, beer and house wines are served at lunch and dinner. Cuisine caters to European palates, yet there are plenty of authentic Vietnamese and Cambodian dishes available at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The salads are fresh and flavourful, while soups are fragrant and delicious. During one night of the cruise, a Cambodian family-style dinner is served, offering passengers the chance to try more unusual items.
We are impressed at the well-planned excursions led by local guides with outstanding knowledge allowing passengers to glean more about the fascinating and sometime turbulent history of Vietnam and Cambodia.
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Stateroom size: 168 sq. ft. Upper & Middle deck staterooms have floor-to-ceiling, sliding French doors. All staterooms have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration. Private bathroom with shower. Safe, hair dryer & air conditioning. Bottled water replenished daily. Voltage: 220V.
Year Entered Service 11/06/2013
Total Passengers 0