Viking has announced that the Viking Saigon, its newest river ship, has begun its inaugural season of sailing on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. The 80-guest ship sails between Kampong Cham, Cambodia and Mỹ Tho, Vietnam as part of Viking’s 15-day “Magnificent Mekong” itinerary. With the 2022-2023 season underway, regular sailing dates are available through March 2023; the 2023-2024 season begins in July 2023.
Purpose-built for the Mekong River, the Viking Saigon hosts 80 guests in 40 outside staterooms. Sporting the 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 ship also enjoy a spa and fitness center, infinity pool and open-air Sky Bar on the upper deck.
During the 15-day journey, guests will explore Vietnam and Cambodia through upwards of 16 guided tours. Hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) bracket an eight-day Mekong River voyage on this itinerary, during which guests can explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi and enjoy a performance by Apsara dancers. They can visit local markets and local restaurants and visit the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat. Other highlights include visiting Ta Prohm, where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins, and sightseeing in Phnom Penh by cycle rickshaw. On the river-voyage portion of the itinerary, guests can discover silk towns, fishing villages, monasteries and floating markets.
Deal: Until August 31, 2022, Viking is offering discounts on select river and ocean voyages, with a limited-time $25 deposit as part of the company’s 25th Anniversary Sale.