Viking bolsters river fleet with addition of Viking Tonle to sail the Mekong River from 2025

Viking bolsters river fleet with addition of Viking Tonle to sail the Mekong River from 2025
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Viking has announced the expansion of its river fleet in Southeast Asia with the addition of the Viking Tonle which will cater to 80 guests on the Mekong River. 

    The new ship will be identical to its sister, the Viking Saigon which debuted in 2022 sailing between Kampong Cham, Cambodia and Mỹ Tho, Vietnam, as part of Viking’s popular 15-day Magnificent Mekong itinerary.

    The ship is under construction and is scheduled to debut in October 2025.

    To meet the strong demand for Mekong River voyages, Viking has added sailing dates in 2025 and has now opened the entire 2026 season for booking.

    “The rich history and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia have always made the Mekong River a fascinating destination for our guests,” chairman, Viking Cruises, Torstein Hagan, said 

    “With the addition of an identical sister ship in 2025, we look forward to introducing even more curious travellers to the treasures of this fantastic region in the years to come.” 

    The Viking Tonle

    Built specifically to navigate the Mekong River, the new Viking Tonle will host 80 guests in 40 outside staterooms.

    The lush ‘Rendering Lounge’. (Supplied)

    Featuring the clean 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 & Fitness Center, Pool and open-air Sky Bar on the Upper Deck.

    Magnificent Mekong

    During this 15-day journey, guests explore the cultural treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia with 16 guided tours.

    Hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) bracket an eight-day Mekong River voyage on this unique itinerary, during which guests can enjoy exploring the Old Quarter of Hanoi and attending a performance by Apsara dancers, tasting the distinctive fresh ingredients from bustling markets and local restaurants; wandering the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; visiting Ta Prohm, where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins; and seeing the sights of Phnom Penh by cyclo rickshaw.

    On the river voyage portion of the itinerary, guests can discover silk towns, fishing villages, monasteries and floating markets. 

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