Viking Mekong

Former name: RV Mekong Pandaw

Specifications of Viking Mekong

Year of build2002  /  Age: 22
ClassMekong river cruiser
Ferry route / homeportsSaigon-Kampong Cham (flight Siem Reap-Hanoi)
Speed9 kn / 17 km/h / 10 mph
Length (LOA)55 m / 180 ft
Gross Tonnage900 gt
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesRV Mekong Pandaw
OwnerIndochina Sails
OperatorViking River Cruises Asia

Viking Mekong Review

Review of Viking Mekong

RV Viking Mekong ship cruises on Mekong River (in Vietnam and Cambodia) departing from homeports Saigon Vietnam and Kampong Cham Cambodia (bus travel to Siem Reap, flight to Hanoi).

Viking Mekong (brand name for the Pandaw Cruises-owned riverboat RV Mekong Pandaw) is a handcrafted vessel, designed specifically to navigate the remote waterways of Mekong River.

Viking Mekong's fleetmates deployed in the Cambodia-Vietnam region are the newbuild boats/sisterships Viking Saigon (2021) and Viking Tonle (2025).

Last refurbished in 2018, the riverboat has max passenger capacity 56 (plus 25 staff-crew). It offers magnificent riverside views from every stateroom due to the large windows and plenty of open-deck space.

The atmosphere onboard is extraordinarily friendly, with exceptional service provided by professionally trained English-speaking crew. The sights, flavors and sounds of one of the most fascinating places in the world are unforgettable.

RV Viking Mekong cruise ship (Mekong River)


Viking Mekong staterooms (a total of 28) are all outside cabins (each fitted with floor-ceiling, slide-opening door-windows opening to a Promenade deck / common terrace). Cabins are in 4 grades and located on 2 decks (out of 4) - decks Middle and Upper.

All staterooms feature quality-wood furniture, hotel-style beds (with drawers, headboards, premium bedding sets, optional twin-bed configuration), bedside tables (with lamps), en-suite bathroom (with WC-toilet, washbasin, glass shower, hairdryer, deluxe bath products, bathrobe/slippers are upon request), walk-in closet (large wardrobe with hangers, suitcase storage space), electronic safe box (in the closet), LCD TV (satellite reception, English-language channels with news and movies), IDD phone (international direct dialing), mini-fridge/ minibar, tea/coffee maker, bottled water (complimentary replenished daily), 220V voltage, individually-controlled air conditioning.

The ship has 2x Junior Suites (category JR, no-Balcony staterooms) located on the bow / forward on Upper Deck (Jasmine Deck) and sized 230 ft2 (21 m2). The rest are Standard Staterooms which are equally-sized (170 ft2 / 16 m2) and also with French doors (slide windows opening to a common terrace). Standard Staterooms are in categories A (forward on Upper Deck), B (aft on Upper Deck) and C (forward on Middle Deck/Lotus Deck).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

Viking Mekong riverboat's facilities include Mekong Restaurant (full-capacity Dining Room with adjacent Galley/ship kitchen and storage rooms), indoor Bar Lounge (doubles as Conference Room), SPA (Massage Room), Shop (traditional hand-made gifts and souvenirs), Sun Deck (Wheelhouse/Navigation Bridge, show and observation outdoor lounge area / Sundeck Bar, canopy-shaded seating, padded sun loungers).

Viking Mekong cruise ship Sundeck

Viking Mekong cruise deals are inclusive of Internet (Wi-Fi with shipwide coverage), all Vietnam and Cambodia tours/excursions, flight and coach transfers, live evening entertainment, daily expert lectures, food tastings, 24-hour coffee/tea, replenished daily bottled water. Also complimentary are the concierge room service and the onboard laundry and tailor services. Medical service (onboard doctor on call) costs extra.

Viking Mekong river cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative cruise rates which might be different when you book your Viking River Cruises Asia deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates. On some Viking Mekong cruisetours, the company offers roundtrip USA airfare discount deals (on select cabins or itineraries/departure dates).


Viking Cruises Mekong River Itineraries (MAGNIFICENT MEKONG)

On Mekong River, Viking Cruises ships Viking Mekong (2002-bult) and Viking Saigon (2021-newbuild) operate the MAGNIFICENT MEKONG cruisetour itinerary between Hanoi (Vietnam's capital city) and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest city).

"MAGNIFICENT MEKONG" are 15-days river cruises leaving from Vietnam (Hanoi to Saigon, or the reverse from Saigon to Hanoi), visiting 2 countries (Vietnam and Cambodia) and inclusive of 16 (complimentary) land tours (shore excursions included in the cruise fares).

Viking Cruises' MAGNIFICENT MEKONG deals are inclusive of 2-night Hanoi luxury hotel package, museums visits, scenic electric car ride), flight transfer from Vietnam to Cambodia (Hanoi to Siem Reap, 3-night hotel package), bus travel from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat (temples, Angkor Thom, local craft workshops visits, bus travel through the countryside and boarding the Viking Mekong riverboat in Kampong Cham Cambodia.

Follows Twin Holy Mountains excursion, Kampong Cham (orphanage visit, coach ride to Udon Monastery, Phnom Penh (1-night hotel package, cyclo touring, Killing Fields excursion /Khmer Rouge detention center, Choeung Ek site), crossing the Cambodia-Vietnam border (Tan Chau overnight dock, rickshaw/trishaw bike ride, small boat ride to Vinh Hoa Island (aka Evergreen Island), tendering to Sa Dec (boarding sampan boat for Mekong Delta scenic cruising, Cai Be floating market), disembarkation in My Tho (river port to Ho Chi Minh City /aka Saigon), bus transfer to Saigon (2-night luxury hotel package).

Prices start from GBP 4650 pp (~USD 5950 / ~EUR 5100). Next is the Viking Cruises Mekong itinerary map.

Viking Mekong River cruise itinerary map (Cambodia-Vietnam)

Optional is the 3-night Bangkok Thailand hotel package. Departures from Saigon include two 2-night hotel packages (Saigon and Hanoi) or 2-night Halong Bay Vietnam hotel package.

Note: You can see CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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To/from Viking Mekong boat transfers and airport meet&greet services in Vietnam and Cambodia are included in the fares only when airfares are purchased through the Viking Cruises line.

RV Viking Mekong is the line's only ship cruising on Mekong River. Also operating Southeast Asia river cruises are the Viking ships Mandalay and Orient (both sailing on Irrawaddy River in Burma, leaving from Thailand /Bangkok).

Cambodia and Vietnam river cruises on Mekong River operated by other major lines with similar itineraries are offered on (AmaWaterways) AmaLotus and AmaDaraAvalon Siem ReapUniworld River OrchidScenic Spirit, (CroisiEurope) Indochine and Indochine II, (Travelmarvel) La Marguerite.

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.