Viking River Cruises will have a 15-day itinerary on the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia for the 2010-11 season.

AMA Waterways began offering Mekong sailings in September 2009, when the 92-passenger La Marguerite was launched.

Earlier this year, AMA said it plans to introduce a second 124-passenger ship on the Mekong that will launch in summer 2011. AMA will have partial ownership of both ships.

VikingRiverTonleViking has partnered with Pandaw River Cruises, a Singapore-based company with head offices in Scotland, to charter the 66-passenger RV Tonle.

The Tonle was built in 2002 with 28 deluxe and 10 single, outside-facing staterooms. The cabins all have air conditioning, private bathrooms, safes and hair dryers.

The ship also features a sun deck with a shaded sitting area, a restaurant with panoramic viewing windows, an observation bar and lounge, a library and onboard boutique.

Viking’s 15-day Magnificent Mekong cruise includes stops in Hanoi, Sa Dec, Cai Be and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, as well as Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Tonle Sap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

There is one departure on Dec. 27, 2010, followed by 17 departures in 2011.

Cruise prices start at $3,399 per person, based on double occupancy. Prices includes accommodations, all onboard meals, daily guided shore excursions and port charges. Viking also offers extensions to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; and Bangkok, Thailand.

Correction: More than two U.S. companies offer Mekong River cruises. 


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