CRUISETOUR

Magnificent Mekong (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Mekong  |  3 Reviews
Hanoi, Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Hanoi, Vietnam

Fly to Hanoi, former capital of French Indochina, then transfer to your hotel. Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. Check in for a 2-night stay, then relax or take a walk to stretch your legs and get acquainted with the city.

DAY 2
Hanoi, Vietnam

After breakfast, take a tour of this unique, thousand-year-old Asian capital where old and new combine in a lush setting of parks and lakes. Visit the Museum of Ethnology, which includes a number of fascinating exhibits that bring Vietnam's history and astonishingly diverse culture to life. Then tour the notorious "Hanoi Hilton", the Hỏa Lò Prison where American POWs were held captive during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, visit Hanoi's Temple of Literature. Founded in 1070 as Vietnam's first university, this maze-like compound features inviting courtyards, gateways, pavilions, walkways, lakes, and a museum. Continue on to the One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th-century monument that was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. En route, pass some colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Relax this afternoon before dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 3
Hanoi, Vietnam
Air travel
Siem Reap, Cambodia

In the morning, take a leisurely ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter by "green" electric car. Enjoy some free time before your short afternoon flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Check into your hotel for a three-night stay; tonight's dinner is accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance show. (B, D)

DAY 4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Begin your day with a visit to one of Angkor's largest Khmer temples, Angkor Wat, built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century AD. With its beautiful proportions and extensive, intricate bas-relief stone carvings, it is one of the most spectacular sights in Southeast Asia. Spend some time exploring the fortified city of Angkor Thom, which houses several of Angkor's most popular sights such as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King with their dramatic bas-reliefs. Today you also visit the mysterious Bayon Temple, known for its giant, stone-carved faces with their enigmatic smiles. Dine at a local restaurant and relax this evening. (B, D)

DAY 5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Banteay Srey, Cambodia
Ta Prohm, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Today, ride to the spectacular 10th-century Hindu temple Banteay Srei ("Citadel of Women") to see magnificent carvings of Shiva and Vishnu. Then, journey to Ta Prohm, one of the most popular of the Temples of Angkor. Unlike many other buildings, it has been left as it was discovered, with trees and large shrubs growing over the ruins. After lunch on your own, visit a local village supported by Viking River Cruises, observe school children at work and find out how you can "adopt" a child to help support their education. This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant followed by a Cambodian Circus show, which uniquely blends together theater, music, dance, acrobatics, jugging, and aerial acts. (B, D)

DAY 6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kampong Thom, Cambodia
Kompong Cham, Cambodia

After breakfast, check out of your Siem Reap hotel and begin your coach tour through the Cambodian countryside, which brings you to your ship in Kampong Cham, via the provincial capital of Kampong Thom. Due to its central location, this area is rapidly becoming an important hub for fishing and agriculture. It also has a rich archaeological heritage, to which the 200 temples, some of which predate the Khmer Empire, attest. This afternoon, board your ship. After you get settled in, meet the ship's officers over a welcome cocktail. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Kompong Cham, Cambodia
Phnompros, Cambodia
Kompong Cham, Cambodia

This morning visit the Twin Holy Mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey with their many temples and pagodas, still used during traditional Khmer festivals. After, visit a Kampong Cham orphanage where students create beautiful paintings that are available to purchase. This afternoon the ship will set sail toward a silk-weaving village. Take a walk through the village and admire the rich silk fabrics. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Oudong Port, Cambodia
Oudong, Cambodia
Oudong Port, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This morning's excursion takes you through a Cambodian village. Afterwards, take a short ride to Udong Monastery for a tour and to receive a blessing by the monks. Then continue to the next village, famous for its silversmiths. Rejoin your ship and have lunch as we cruise into Phnom Penh. Your afternoon is free to explore Phnom Penh's historic riverfront area with its restaurants, art galleries, and silk shops, or perhaps visit the distinctive Central Market or the "Russian Market" where you can buy jewelry, curios, clothes, and souvenirs. You might prefer to visit more of the city's wats (monastery temples): Wat Langka, Wat Botum, Wat Koh, or Wat Ounalom, each with its own special character and purpose. Late this afternoon, there will be an onboard presentation about recent Cambodian history by a local expert. Dinner is served aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

After breakfast, disembark in Cambodia's lovely waterfront capital and explore the city in style, in a cyclo. This mode of transportation provides many Cambodians with a source of income and visitors with a speedy and enjoyable way to move around. See the magnificent Royal Palace with its spectacular Silver Pagoda, built in the 19th century by the French, but inspired by the centuries-old architecture of the Khmer. Then take a tour of the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses treasures of Khmer art and craftsmanship and also displays art that predates the mighty empire. After lunch, join an excursion to the sobering memorial in the Tuol Sleng detention center, a former high school in which thousands of victims of the Khmer Rouge died, and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, or explore the city's maze of small alleys, markets, and busy streets on your own. Tonight's dinner is accompanied by a folkloric performance. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Mekong River

Sail down the Mekong, one of the world's great rivers, toward the Vietnamese border. The Mekong is truly the "Mother River of Southeast Asia", sustaining civilizations through the centuries. Pass by some of the Mekong rice fields. The Khmer Empire was founded on a rice surplus, and rice is still the main staple of Vietnamese cuisine. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
Tân Châu, Vietnam
Vinh Hòa, Vietnam
Tân Châu, Vietnam

Today you will have a rare glimpse of rural life as it has been lived for ages. Begin your morning with a ride on a traditional rickshaw in Tân Châu. Observe the making of floor mats from sedge and slippers from uzu. Afterward, visit the floating fish farm by wooden sampan, then take a boat ride to Vĩnh Hòa, known as "Evergreen Island". Here you can take a short walk to see various methods of traditional Vietnamese farming and the crafts and other daily activities of local people firsthand. Set sail in the afternoon, observing daily life along the way. This evening, enjoy a screening of the film L'amant (The Lover), which will prepare you for tomorrow's visit to Sa Ðéc. (B,L,D)

DAY 12
Sa Déc, Vietnam
Cái Bè, Vietnam

This morning, board a sampan to explore the backwaters and canals of the Delta. Small factories line the river channels; get a glimpse of industry in the region with a visit to a brick factory. Stop in Sa Ðéc and see the house of Mr. Huỳnh Thủy Lê, the protagonist in best-selling autobiographical novel, L'Amant (The Lover), by Marguerite Duras. After lunch, visit the colorful floating market of Cái Bè; see local workers producing rice noodles, coconut candy, and a host of other handmade products. This evening, attend an onboard screening of the 2002 film The Quiet American, based on Graham Greene's novel set in 1952 Saigon. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
My Tho, Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bid farewell to your ship this morning as your cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam comes to an end. Disembark in Mỹ Tho, a busy river port not far from the capital of South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. On your way to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll tour the Cu Chi tunnels, mysterious once-secret tunnels used as supply routes, hospitals, and living quarters by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. These subterranean passageways outside Ho Chi Minh City are a tiny part of a huge network that extends through much of Vietnam. Upon arrival in the city, check into your hotel for a two-night stay, then spend the rest of the day at leisure, getting acquainted with Ho Chi Minh at your own pace. See some of the historic French colonial architecture and soak up some of the city's youthful energy. Tonight's dinner is in a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 14
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

After breakfast, begin another tour of this bustling metropolis with a visit to its historic center. Take a stroll along Đồng Khởi Street, the main shopping boulevard in the old colonial heart. See the grand City Hall, Reunification Palace, the old Opera House with its soaring arched entryway, the Chinatown area, and a lacquer factory. Complete your morning tour at Bến Thành Market. The rest of your afternoon is free. Explore the city's neighborhoods or do a bit of last-minute shopping at the local markets before this evening's festive final dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 15
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. Or, continue your Southeast Asia adventure with a 3-night stay in Bangkok, Thailand's exciting capital. (B)

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About the Ship

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Viking Mekong

From your intimate river cruise ship on the Mekong or Irrawaddy or China’s deluxe Yangtze River cruise, you will sail past unforgettable scenery, visit destinations rich in history, enjoy wonderful cuisine and meet the region’s fascinating, friendly people.

What's Included

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    Viking built the river cruising category—and we offer the best experience, with all you need included plus the ability to customize

    Included in your cruise fare:

  • ONE SHORE EXCURSION in each port of call, led by a knowledgeable local guide

  • ALL ONBOARD MEALS, featuring regional specialties made with locally sourced ingredients and always available American classics

  • YOUR CHOICE OF MULTIPLE DINING VENUES and times (including open seating)

  • WINE, BEER & SODAS with onboard dinner and lunch

  • SPECIALTY COFFEES & TEAS available 24 hours

  • BOTTLED WATER replenished daily

  • INTERNET/WI-FI so you can remain connected

  • FIRST-CLASS HOTELS for overnight stays during our cruisetour programs and pre & post cruise extension packages

  • IN-ROOM INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM features movies on demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more

  • ALL PORT CHARGES & GOVERNMENT TAXES—no nickel and diming

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

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