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LUANG PRABANG | Elephant Trekking
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Enjoy a new perspective and the wonderful surrounding nature on this elephant ride, through which you support the rescue of former logging Elephants. Ride your elephant through the jungle and even try your hand at bathing the creature if you wish, and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Nam Khan River. Finally, a short boat ride will bring you to the amazing Tad Sae waterfalls . It's a simple life close to the animals and close to nature
Name Luang Prabang - Elephant Trekking
Duration Full Day
Price from 40 USD / pax (based on 2 pax)
Pick-up point Hotel in Luang Prabang
Drop-off point Hotel in Luang Prabang
Places to visit     Nam Khan River, Huay Sae Valley, Ban Xieng Loum, Tad Sae Waterfall


• Schedules and itineraries are approximate and subject to change due to seasonal conditions in the jungle and at the camp
• Visit to Tad Sea Waterfall is not available in dry season - February till August

Pick up at your hotel, we head for Elephant Camp, located 15km out of Luang Prabang on the bank of Nam Khan river. We drive through the beautiful but bumpy Laos countryside for about one hour until we reach the village

Arrival at the Elephant Village Camp: Welcome greeting by our camp manager and participate in a short briefing about elephants. Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants (Lane Xang) but the elephant in Laos is now a profoundly endangered species. Some 1600 remain, of which an estimated 560 work in the forest industry harvesting timber. But harvesting timber in Laos is diminishing and it’s just a matter of time before this becomes obsolete. This translates into hundreds of jobless elephants. Keeping an elephant is very costly and labor-intensive, above all because elephants need tremendous amounts of food. Elephant Village employs a full time veterinarian who works not just with the elephants but trains the mahouts and local people how to care for their elephants in an internationally recognized way

After the briefing, enjoy the elephant ride through real jungle (3km) and walk along beautiful Nam Khan river. Don’t forget to bring your camera as you can take nice shots in misty mornings. Being a “mahout” requires some skills of the Laotian language. “Pai sue sue” for example means “Go straight”. “Pai sai” (Left) or “Pai Kwaa” (Right) are some useful phrases to give directions to your animal porter.
When coming back to the village, feed your elephants, a great photo opportunity and say thank you to your elephants.

Around 11h00, Continue your trip to Ban Xieng Loum “Village” We then take a long tail boat to Tad Sea Waterfall. The Tad Sae Waterfall is a naturally formed wonder where water flows over flat slabs of limestone, and creates pools of still water at the base, perfect for swimming (Note : Tad Sae has only water in the first months after the rainy season and is dried out by the end of February.)

Arrive at Tad Sae, enjoy Lao-style Lunch. Swimming at the Tad Sae and enjoy jumping.

Around 14h00, we take a long-tail boat to come back to Ban Xieng Loum village for a transfer back to Luang Prabang

This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on the number of people in your group and time of travel. Please send us your enquiry for availabilities & the most up dated price.

• Round trip transfer to and from the Elephant Camp
• English speaking guide
• Elephant ride
• Return boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall
• Waterfall entrance fee
• Picnic lunch
• 1 small bottle of mineral water
• Fresh napskins
• 24/24h assistance from our company
• Service charges and government tax

• Travel insurance
• Visa
• Camera fees (if any)
• Personal expenses
• Tips for guide & driver
• Other items than mentioned in the program
• Surcharge in peak season (Christmas, New Year, local public holidays)

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