Viking has announced the expansion of its river fleet in Southeast Asia with the new Viking Tonle. Designed for the Mekong River, the 80-guest vessel will join its identical sister ship, the Viking Saigon, which debuted in 2022, and will sail between Kampong Cham, Cambodia and Mỹ Tho, Vietnam as part of Viking’s 15-day “Magnificent Mekong” itinerary. The ship is under construction and is slated to debut in October 2025. To meet strong demand for Mekong River voyages, the line has added sailing dates in 2025 and has also opened the entire 2026 season for booking.
Viking Tonle will accommodate 80 guests in 40 outside staterooms. With Scandinavian design for which Viking is known, all staterooms have hotel-style beds and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a Veranda or French Balcony. Guests on the three-deck Viking Tonle also enjoy a spa and fitness center, pool and open-air Sky Bar on the upper deck.
The 15-day “Magnificent Mekong” itinerary offers an exploration of Vietnam and Cambodia via 16 guided tours. Hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City bracket an eight-day Mekong River voyage on this itinerary, during which guests can explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi and attend a performance by Apsara dancers; visit the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; explore Ta Prohm, where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins; go sightseeing in Phnom Penh; and savor local cuisine. On the river voyage portion of the itinerary, guests can discover silk towns, fishing villages, monasteries and floating markets.
Good to know: Until November 30, 2023, Viking is offering the “Explorers’ Sale” with a $25 deposit, reduced airfare and special fares on select ocean, expedition and river voyages, including the “Magnificent Mekong” itinerary.