Viking to build new ship on the Mekong

80-passenger Viking Tonle to launch in late 2025

Viking is adding a new ship to its fleet in Southeast Asia in 2025, when the new Viking Tonle begins sailing. Designed for the Mekong River, the 80-guest vessel will join its identical sister ship, Viking Saigon, which debuted in 2022. Viking Tonle will sail between Kampong Cham, Cambodia and Mỹ Tho, Vietnam as part of the cruise line’s popular 15-day Magnificent Mekong itinerary.

The ship is under construction and is currently scheduled to debut in October 2025. To meet strong demand for Mekong River voyages, Viking has added sailing dates in 2025 and has now opened the entire 2026 season for booking.

Designed for the Mekong River, the new 80-guest Viking Tonle (rendering pictured here), will join its identical sister ship, the Viking Saigon, which debuted in 2022, and will sail between Kampong Cham, Cambodia and Mỹ Tho, Vietnam as part of Viking’s popular 15-day Magnificent Mekong itinerary starting in 2025. For more information, visit

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

“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 comprise 40 outside staterooms. 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 and 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;
  • taste the distinctive fresh ingredients from bustling markets and local restaurants;
  • wander the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
  • visit Ta Prohm, where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins;
  • and see 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.

From now through 30 November 2023, Viking is offering the Explorers’ Sale, with a reduced airfare and special fares on select ocean, expedition and river voyages, including the Magnificent Mekong itinerary.

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