Part 1: Coasting Along the Mekong on Viking River Cruise's 15-Day Trip

This is Part One of a two-part series focusing on Viking River Cruises Mekong itinerary through Cambodia and Vietnam. In this section we'll discuss the ship itself, what to expect in Cambodia and some of our favorite aspects of the trip. Part Two will focus on Vietnam, highlighting the best of the journey and insights into life aboard the ship.

In my years experiencing Viking River Cruises, my love affair with the brand and its itineraries has grown even stronger. And I’m not alone in my adoration. Among its laundry list of awards, Viking was recently awarded “Best Cruise Line for Luxury River Cruises” at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence.

Since my last three Viking trips were all one-week cruises in Europe, I decided to embark on a 15-day Magnificent Mekong cruise which goes through Vietnam and Cambodia. Initially, I had some reservations about the hassle of a hotel/cruise ship combo and the longer time frame. Plus, this time I wouldn’t be luxuriating on one of their signature Longships. The Viking Mekong, which was specifically built to traverse the “Mother River of Southeast Asia,” is a much smaller wooden ship, accommodating just 56 guests. However, it turned out to be my favorite Viking trip to date.

Janice Nieder

Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. She was a specialty food consultant for 12 years in New York, with a client list that included Tavern on the Green, Dean & Deluca and Sign of the Dove. After being bitten by the travel bug, her culinary adventures took her to over 90 countries, where she shared a smoked monkey dinner with a generous Shuar Indian family deep...(Read More)

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