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מסע האודיסאה בדרום מזרח אסיה

גלו את המקומות המרתקים ביותר באזור דרום מזרח אסיה (תאילנד, קמבודיה, מינמאר, וייטנאם ולאוס) במסע זה בן 12 יום, שיקח אתכם אל אתרי מורשת עולמית של אונסקו ויגלה לכם אזורים בתוליים מקסימים שעדיין לא קולקלו ע"י התרבות המערבית. כל זאת על גבי סיפון הספינה היפיפיה המפוארת והמפנקת - Mekong Explorer! אחרי שתיהנו מסיורים מודרכים באחד מן האתרים המרהיבים ביותר בעולם - מקדשי אנגקור וואט בקמבודיה, תגיעו למערב לאוס, שם תוכלו להכיר את התרבות המקומית ולבקר באתר מורשת עולמית של אונסקו - וואט פו (Vat Phou). ב-Isaan, הפרובינציה הצפונית של תאילנד תעלו על סיפון הספינה המדהימה שלנו. לאורך ששת ימי ההפלגה על הנהר, תיהנו מהנוחות האקסקלוסיבית של מלון הבוטיק הצף וגם תתוודעו לאזור מיוחד ואותנטי של תאילנד. תוך כדי טיולים מלהיבים על היבשה בכפרים מלאי חיים, אתרי צליינות בודהיסטים או פארקים לאומיים אקזוטיים, תבחינו שהשפה האנגלית כמעט ואינה נשמעת מחוץ לספינה, מה שאומר שאתם מטיילים בנתיב חלוצי באמת בחלק מתגמל ביותר של האזור, שעדיין אינו מתויר לעייפה, כמו מקומות אחרים בדרום מזרח אסיה. כשתגיעו ללאו (Lao) בירת ויינטיאן, תמשיכו ללואנג פראבנג (המוגנת ע"י ארגון אונסקו), כנראה העיר היפה ביותר בכל דרום מזרח אסיה, עם המגוון המיוחד של המנזרים הבודהיסטיים והארכיטקטורה הקולוניאלית הצרפתית.





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משיאי הטיול

  • אנגקור וואט, המונומנט הדתי הגדול בעולם (אתר מורשת עולמי של אונסקו)
  • 6 ימי שיט נהר מיוחדים ומרהיבים בסגנון בוטיק, מצפון מזרח תאילנד לבירה לאו של ויאנטיאן (Vientiane)
  • העיר העתיקה של לואנג פראבנג, המוגנת ע”י אונסקו, אחת מן הערים היפות ביותר בעולם
  • קבלו הצצה לדרך החיים המסורתית של תושבי דרום מזרח אסיה (Indochina)
  • בקרו במקדשים הבודהיסטיים של וואט פו בלאוס (אתר מורשת עולמי של אונסקו) ושל דאט פנום (That Phanom) בתאילנד
  • נצרו בליבכם את הנופים הפנטסטיים של נהר המקונג העצום, ‘אם כל הנהרות’

מסלול הטיול

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN SIEM REAP (D)

On arrival at Siem Reap international airport you will be welcomed by your driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in town. (Cambodian visa on arrival can be obtained by most nationalities in Siem Reap.*) Siem Reap has been now transformed into a sophisticated tourist centre for receiving visitors, thanks to the temple of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.

Relax today from your long-haul international flight (early check-in at the hotel upon request).

Dinner will be served at your hotel.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 2: SIEM REAP (B,L,D)

In the morning, you will visit Angkor Thom which was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square. You will enter the city from the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in splendour and Cambodian architecture. The exterior gallery walls have extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

Today, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

Then, you will be back to the unique Ta Prohm which has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

End of the day, enjoy the spectacular view from above as you depart on a tethered Helium Balloon ride which will lead you 200 meters straight up in the air. From this height you will have amazing aerial views of Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, West Baray and other ruins amongst the surrounding jungle and rice paddies glimmering in the best evening light.

In the evening a dinner show will get you acquainted with the ancient Khmer traditional Apsara-dances in a local restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 3: SIEM REAP – PAKSE (B,L,D)

After breakfast, depart by your private vehicle on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolising the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the over 2.000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken some thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Early lunch will be served at local restaurant before you are transferred to the Siem Reap International Airport for your onward flight to Pakse in the afternoon. (Lao visa on arrival can be obtained by most nationalities in Pakse*). In the provincial capitol in Southern Laos you will get an authentic insight into the local life during your visit the local market and monastery.

Dinner at hotel.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 4: PAKSE – THAILAND (B,L,D)

After breakfast departure from Pakse for Champassak, heading south aboard a local long tail riverboat, zigzagging through mild rapids and sand banks. You will tour the mysterious pre-Angkorian 10th century temple of Vat Phou a UNESCO world heritage site. Recorded on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Wat Phou with its atmosphere is a pre-angkorian temple built upon three levels. When the temple has been erected, it was the most important economic and political centre in the region. The lower level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and the promenade to join the second level with the galleries and the quadrangular pavilions. The upper level is the sanctuary itself.

After your visit you enjoy and riverside lunch before continuing Westbound to cross into Thailand, where you will spend a night in your hotel with great views of the mighty Mekong. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

DAY 5: NAKHON PHANOM - EMBARKATION (B,L,D)

You will continue today to the holy pilgrim center of That Phanom. Legend has it that Buddha himself came here to command that after his death one of his breastbones be treasured in That Phanom as a reliquary. The devoutness of the local pilgrims, which you will notice during your visit of the temple and its Buddhist mural-walls and well kept garden is quite impressive. Afterwards drive to Nakhon Phanom, where you will get acquainted with the town during a short city tour on a motor-rikscha/Tuk Tuk or by foot. In the late 1920s, Ho Chi Minh planned and organized the Vietnamese communist movement from his exile in Nakhon Phanom, you will visit the house where he lived during these years. By a short bus ride along the mighty Mekong – “the mother of all waters” as the locals call the river here – you will reach the Mekong Explorer boat.

Your cruise director and friendly crew await you this afternoon with a warm welcome upon embarkation Attend our welcome reception and enjoy the Southeast Asian specialties served during your dinner menu on board. Overnight onboard your river vessel.

DAY 6&7: PIONEERING EXPERIENCE THROUGH REMOTE NORTH-EASTERN THAILAND (B,L,D)

While enjoying your breakfast on board you will reach the starting point for your first shore excursion. You will cross the river back into Laos (As the next immigration office is several driving hours away, Mekong River Cruises arranges for a special permit by the provincial Lao government that their guests can enter Laos today without having to pass immigration). Continue to the small village of Pak Khading, where we join a longtail boat for a trip up the Nam Khading River to visit a remote village. Returning back to Thailand and your boat, you will continue your cruise.

This cruise caters especially to those travellers who fancy discovery tours and an authentic Asia more than a fixed cruise schedule without having to miss the comfort and atmosphere of a Boutique river cruise ship such as the Mekong Explorer. At night your vessel is moored at a secluded sandbank or at a small village pier. After dinner, a documentary shows e.g. the river flow of the Mekong from the Tibetan highlands all the way to the South China Sea.

The next day a short drive brings you to an impressive cliff monastery, which stands seven levels high above local rice paddies. Western visitors are sighted very seldom – just like most of the times during your entire tour.

Overnights onboard your river vessel.

DAY 8: BIZARRE SCULPTURES IN NONG KHAI (B,L,D)

Today your cruise experience continues. Along both sides of the quiet river banks you may spot every once in a while small golden temple spires, while a presentation on tropical fruits grown in this region provides with possibly surprising insight benefits used in traditional local medicine. A guided tour will get you acquainted with the bizarre, yet interesting Buddhist-Hindu sculpture park.

Overnight onboard your river vessel.

DAY 9: THE LAO CAPITOL OF VIENTIANE (B,L,D)

Today you will cross the Thai-Lao friendship bridge back into Laos (2nd Lao visa on arrival needed today*) by bus for immigration and go on a sightseeing tour of the highlights of the Lao capitol of Vientiane. You will visit the national symbol of Laos, the That Luang Temple, and the picturesque Arc de Triomphe. Back on board you will celebrate your farewell dinner together with your crew and captain at night in Vientiane!

DAY 10: VIENTIANE –LUANG PRABANG (B,L,D)

After breakfast you will disembark. On the way to the airport you get to know a local non-profit organisation that provides prosthetics and rehabilitation services to survivors of war-related accidents and other people with disabilities. Then continue with a short flight to Luang Prabang in Northern Laos (aprox. 1h)

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, you enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant, before setting off to explore this remarkably beautiful town (UNESCO world heritage)

You visit one of the most photographed temples in Luang Prabang, the Wat Xieng Thong. Continue on foot to visit Wat Mai, with its unique 5 tiered roof and golden bas-reliefs. During Pimai, the Lao New Year, the small Buddha statue called Pra Bang normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum is brought and put on public display in this temple.

Prior dinner you can join in a local Lao traditional ceremony, the Baci, before enjoy your dinner in town.

Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang.

DAY 11: LUANG PRABANG (B,L,D)

At your discretion: For early-risers (05h30), there is a very special dawn visit to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from Luang Prabang residents. Should you wish to participate, your guide will be able to help you arrange food and learn the proper, solemn method of donating alms. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

Afterwards you will be picked up from your hotel at 0830 and transferred to the Luang Prabang countryside. You will proceed to the Elephant Village, which is a drive of approximately 40 minutes. The setting is among lush vegetation on the banks of the Nam Khan River.

Here you will be greeted by the camp manager and introduced to the protected Asian Elephants, before going out for a scenic ride in the natural setting along the river. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful nature on this ride of approximately 3km, taking 30 – 45 minutes. Part of cost of your trip goes to supporting the rescue of former logging elephants. Transfer back to Luang Prabang and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Start in the afternoon on a boat trip to the Buddhist caves of Pak Ou. Here you count thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff, a destination for local pilgrimages. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. On the way back you stop in a village where traditional Lao Whiskey and other local products are produced.

Back in Luang Prabang you enjoy your farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 12: LUANG PRABANG – DEPARTURE (B)

Until its time for your transfer to the international airport of Luang Prabang for your return flight, you can explore this beautiful town on your own (late check-out available only on request) or shop for some souvenirs for your loved ones at home. End of service with the drop-off at the airport.

NOTE: Every tour and river cruise along the upper Mekong is a pioneering experience and is subject to constantly changing road and river conditions, including floodwaters and shallows. Therefore please understand that we must reserve the right to alter the itinerary of this tour due to the logistical complexities involved. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather and river conditions. For safety reasons and according to navigating conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.

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חשוב לדעת

כל טיול במקונג הוא חלוץ בתחומו ולכן כפוף  לשינויים בהתאם לתנאים של הנהר, כולל שטפונות, מים רדודים ותנאי ערפל. חשוב שתהיו ערים לכך שמסלול הטיול עלול להשתנות בגלל עניינים לוגיסטיים. לעיתים נדרשת חריגה קטנה במסלול, בהתאם למזג האוויר ותנאי הנהר. תוכנית זו עלולה להשתנות ללא הודעה מוקדמת, למען ביטחונכם ובהתאם לתנאי הניווט.

כלול

המחיר כולל:

  • לינה בבתי מלון נבחרים מדרגה ראשונה או במלונות בוטיק בחדר טווין או דאבל
  • 5 לילות על סיפון כלי השיט Mekong Explorer המפואר והבוטיקי
  • טיסות מסיאם ריפ – פקס וויינטיאן – לואנג פראבנג במחלקת תיירים
  • מדריך מקומי דובר אנגלית במשך המסע
  • טיולים, סיורים והעברות כמצוין בתוכנית הטיול בכלי רכב ממוזגים
  • דמי כניסה לאתרים המצוינים בתוכנית הטיול
  • סיורים כמצוין בתוכנית הטיול
  • מי שתיה בכלי הרכב הממוזג ועל הספינה
  • ארוחות כמצוין בתוכנית הטיול (B= Breakfast, =Lunch, and D=Dinner)
  • קפה, תה ומי שתיה בזמן הארוחות על סיפון ספינת Mekong Explorer
  • הרצאות ומצגות שיועברו ע”י מנהל הטיול על סיפון ספינת Mekong Explorer 

המחיר אינו כולל:

  • טיסות בינ”ל
  • ארוחות ושרותים שאינם מצוינים בתוכנית הטיול
  • אשרת כניסה לקמבודיה ולאוס
  • כביסה, שיחות טלפון ושרותים אחרים בעלי אופי אישי
  • טיפים למדריכים, נהגים, סבלים, צוות הספינה
  • הוצאות אישיות
  • משקאות אלכוהוליים
  • ביטוח נסיעות
  • צ’ק אין מוקדם או מאוחר בבתי המלון

 

תאריכי יציאה

יציאה חזרה כיוון מסלול כלי שיט
28.12.15 Siem Reap to Luang Prabang Mekong Explorer
23.1.16 Siem Reap to Luang Prabang Mekong Explorer
20.2.16 Siem Reap to Luang Prabang Mekong Explorer
19.3.16 Siem Reap to Luang Prabang Mekong Explorer

מחירים

סוג תא מחיר לאדם
טווין קלאסי 4,276$
תוספת ליחיד: 576$
טווין סופריור 4,853$
תוספת ליחיד: 864$
טווין דה לוקס עם מרפסת 5,285$
תוספת ליחיד: 1,152$
תוספת ליחיד עבור 6 לילות במלון: 670$

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