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Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips

#1 of 32 Outdoor Activities in Luang Prabang Features Animals
Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Elephant Village in Luang Prabang was set up in 2003 and is now owned by a group of passioante Lao nationals. Our sales office is located on the main street in town close to the National Museum and our beautiful elephant camp is located next to the village Ban Xieng Lom. Elephant Village focuses on three objectives:1. Saving Elephants 2. Community Support 3. Nature Preservation. We take elephants out of the very dangerous logging industry and provide them with an alternative way of earning their income. We try to help the elephants which desperately need help the most such as older elephants and elephants which have injuries due to accidents. We currently have 14 elephants in our care including 2 baby elephants which will never have to work in the logging industry. We are also home to a female elephant called Mae Uak, who was injured when she stepped on a 'UXO' (Un-Exploded Ordinance) some time ago, before we rescued her. She is now happily living in our herd.
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Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We traveled for an entire month and this was by far my favorite experience. The animals are well taken care of and the staff is amazing. You do get to ride them, which is controversial, however they do not saddle the elephants and you ride...More

Thank Symmondsa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the full day mahout tour with bathing and it was great. While it's not cheap it is was worth every cent. To ride the elephants bareback by your self with the mahout always close by was exhilarating and safe. Our guide Mr Saek...More

1  Thank Tracey and Mart... B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience. We did the mahout training visit which consists of a short introduction to the commands used by the mahouts followed by a short ride around the garden. Then a boat ride and walk back on the elephants through the river for lunch. After...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Words don't do it justice this experience is simply amazing. They do some amazing and inspiring work here and they deserve every ounce of applause and recognition they get. Staff, shout out to our guide Sak, are friendly and helpful and the elephants are clearly...More

Thank SG0092
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an amazing visit to the Elephant Village, thanks to our tour guide Deth Vilayvanh. We was very informative, and answered everything we needed to know. Having travelled through SE asia a few times, it was one of the best experiences I've ever had....More

Thank Travis H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything about The Elephant Sanctuary was fantastic, From the great guide and mahouts full of information to the fun and freindliness and the The Magnificent Elephants themselves, Amazing could not in anyway describe my experience ,feeling or memories of these wonderful, awesome souls that I...More

Thank Falcon811
Reviewed 20 May 2017

they provide day tours to the elephant village. it is a great experience to visit this site. the sad thing is the elephant are like prisoner. but they are well fed and taken care.

Thank jeff1955malaysia
Reviewed 14 May 2017

I spent 2 days in Elephant Village. It was really great experience I've ever had. Joining the tour means I can save elephants and help them. I really miss the camp, my fritnd tour guide Mr. Tha, my partner Elephant Mae Ourk. The food is...More

1  Thank TaeHee L
Reviewed 13 May 2017

My husband and I signed up for the full day Mahout experience. It was fabulous. Loved every minute of our time with Lem and Kumon!

Thank Londonhrh72
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I visited Elephant Village Sanctuary last December 2016. I had such a wonderful experience, one of the best in my life and one that I keep bringing to conversation. It is such a memorable experience that made me write this comment even after a few...More

Thank Rena1010
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justbrowsingaro... J
Hi, Im going to visit Luang Prabang next week, and was wondering should I book this tour online or can I take the tour on the spot at the office when i reach Luang Prabang?? Because I cant confirm the exact date I reach Luang Prabang, there might be one or two days discrepancy. Hope to get reply from fellow Trip Advisors! Thanks! :)
15 August 2016|
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Response from Elephant V | Property representative |
Hi there, you can book online to secure your place, but if you feel more comfortable by booking through our sales office, you can also do that :) Kind rgeards Elephant village team
Hello I would like to visit the place but I wonder why do they organize elephant riding using the chairs, as it´s well known that it is too heavy for the elephant (2 persons plus the heavy chair plus the mahout) I would sugget to stop doing it. To stay near the elephant, observe them free in their environment, touch them, bath and even ride on the neck is more that enough to have a real amazing and unforgetable experience. Please, help me to understand why you do that riding, and please tell me if you plan to stop that activity. Thank you very much
6 February 2016|
Response from MK S |
I am wondering about this too!! for people to be able to ride elephants, they usually do this process called phajaan or elephant crushing (crushing of the elephant's spirit emotionally and also harming them physically). I... More