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Magnificent Mekong

Dip your toe into the many magnificent cultures located along the Mekong; enjoy hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City alongside your eight-day cruise down the magnificent river.

Traveling aboard the Viking Saigon, you’ll have the opportunity to pay a visit to UNESCO World Heritage site temple Angkor Wat and many other historical buildings, enjoy a front-row seat to lush landscapes that pay homage to the river’s impactful role in fishing and farming and enjoy a mix of both local and international cuisine.

Enjoy the beauty and grace of gentle landscapes, friendly locals, thriving villages and traditional foods. Connect with other people on this unique journey arranged by Viking.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Saigon
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: Jan-Mar/Aug-Dec
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Magnificent Mekong Cruise Itinerary

Your eight-day cruise along the Mekong river is sandwiched between stops at hot-spot hotels in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City. Explore towns frozen in time, wander the temple ruins, observe locals engaging in traditional practices such as sedge grass weaving, working in the rice fields and dying silk.

Day 1


Arrive and check in to your hotel.

Day 2


Explore the Old Quarter, its labyrinth of bustling streets offering you the opportunity to sample products that have been produced and sold for centuries.

Day 3

Hanoi & Siem Reap

Spend your morning exploring the Vietnamese capital – famous for its delicious street food.

In the afternoon, fly to Siem Reap to explore the temple of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 4

Siem Reap

Explore the lasting legacy of the Khmer Empire, known for their construction skills and economic links. Pay a visit to Bayon.

Day 5

Siem Reap

Explore a number of stunning smaller temples;. Including the ruins of Ta Prohm Temple. Stroll through the city centre to choose from a variety of eateries offering both local and international cuisine.

Day 6

Kampong Cham (EMBARK)

Check out of your hotel and journey to Kampong Cham, the sixth-largest city in Cambodia.

Day 7

Kampong Cham

Admire the serene riverside setting; venture off the beaten path to discover quiet streets full of friendly locals and a waterfront promenade. Pay a visit to Wat Nokor, a 12th-century temple complex.

Day 8

Phnom Penh

Take the chance to explore this bustling capital, once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. Enjoy the city’s park-like waterfront boasting cafes, restaurants, museums and other institutions.

Day 9

Phnom Penh

Marvel at the city’s rapid urbanization, resulting in a thriving cultural and food scene. Make sure to take up the opportunity to sample its signature dishes.

Day 10

Mekong River (scenic sailing)

Pass Mekong rice fields, villages and towns that seem frozen in time. Enjoy lush landscapes and evidence of the river’s role in farming and fishing.

Day 11

Tân Châu

Enjoy the views of this thriving border town within the rural district. High-quality silk is produced here, expertly dyed in bright colours and traditional patterns. Sedge grass weaving is another tradition, producing mats, baskets and other useful items.

Day 12

Sa Ðéc & Cái Bè

Enjoy the sights at the French colonial river port and agricultural trading centre Sa Ðéc. Lined with trees and flower markets, the streets of this sleepy town are perfect for a leisurely stroll.

View remarkably preserved houses in the town of Cái Bè. Surrounded by fruit orchards, this Vietnamese enclave projects an intimate village air.

Day 13

Ho Chi Minh City (DISEMBARK)

Disembark your ship and check into your hotel at Vietnam’s largest city, formally founded as a small fishing village. Enjoy the bustle of French colonial grandeur mixed with old-world marketplaces and modern skyscrapers.

Day 14

Ho Chi Minh City

Explore jewels such as the Opera House and Central Post Office, or simply peruse the streets offering local specialties of a heady mix between French and Vietnamese cultures.

Day 15

Ho Chi Minh City

Take a trip to Tao Dan Park, where locals can be spotted engaging in their daily exercise with a round of badminton, tai chi or any of the outdoor gym equipment. After breakfast, check out of your hotel to begin your journey home

Magnificent Mekong Cruise Ships

Viking Saigon

Designed to navigate the unique features of the Mekong River, the Viking Saigon is reassuringly Scandi in design, with the understated and elegant interiors for which Viking is famous. Explore this legendary river in style and luxury.

Spa & Fitness Centre
Swimming Pool
80 Guests

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See the Magnificence of the Mekong with Viking Cruises

14 Nights
Jan Mar
Aug Dec

Magnificent Mekong

  • Hanoi
  • Hanoi & Siem Reap
  • Siem Reap
  • Kampong Cham (EMBARK)
  • Kampong Cham
  • Phnom Penh
  • Mekong River (scenic sailing)
  • Tan Chau
  • Sa Ðéc & Cái Bè
  • Ho Chi Minh City (DISEMBARK)
  • Ho Chi Minh City
£5,445pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Saigon  

Magnificent Mekong Cruise Review

“I really enjoyed this trip. The hotels I stayed at were pleasant and a nice change of scenery from the cabin I would be spending the majority of my nights in. Cruising down the Mekong was really awesome, I ate a lot of food and am definitely a lot fatter now.”

Robert Walker, Exeter

Magnificent Mekong FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will I have access to a fitness centre?

Yes, there is a fitness centre available to all guests during their stay aboard Viking Saigon.

How many days are spent cruising?

The trip as a whole is organised to be fifteen days long, however only eight days of that is spent cruising down the Mekong aboard the Viking Saigon.

Are there any trips to UNESCO World Heritage sites?

On day 3 of your journey, in Siem Reap, there’s the option to visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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