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Shangri Lao Explorer Camp (2 days)
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More an experience than simply a lodge, the Shangri Lao Classic Explorer Camp has taken elephant trekking to an entirely different level in Lao. Set on the banks of the Nam Khan River, 12 km from Luang Prabang, the camp is more akin to an African safari experience and your 'home' is a luxurious safari tent, complete with 4-poster bed, fixed wooden flooring and en suite facilities that include a bathtub or whirlpool. Throughout your stay you will engage with the elephants and their mahouts in a wide of array of situations ranging from feeding, trekking and to joining in the fun at bath time. The experience can be as hands on as you please and there are a number of additional treks and village visits that you can make with the camps resident guides when not with the elephants.
Name Shangri Lao Explorer Camp
Duration 2 days / 1 night
Price from 180 USD / pax (based on 2 pax)
Itinerary in short Day 1 : Luang Prabang / Shangri Lao
Day 2 : Shangri Lao / Luang Prabang



• Considering the limited number of elephants (only 8, updated in December 2013), we can’t provide enough of them for everyone at once so you may need to wait for your turn (especially with the elephant training, trekking and bathing). The 8 elephants do the 1 hour ride only 3 to maximum 4 times during the day, so the camp can have a total maximum of 64 travellers during the day (16 people on 8 elephants in 1 hour * 4 times). However, some people can go first and others need to wait for their turn, which can sometimes be a total of 3 hours. Our elephants still only work then 4 hours a day and we are not overbooking them. So you may need to wait for a while in such a case. We apologize for this uncovenience
• Inside Shangri Lao Camp, water for the shower and toilets comes from a natural spring, which is 5 km away from the camp. All 3 resorts and 2 villages in this area depend on that spring.  Due to a heavy road construction nearby,  the water pipelines may be cut. We’ll try our best to fix the problem but please expect a short water cut-off in such a case.

8:00 – 8:30 am Your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel in Luang Prabang. Transfer by VIP minibus to the “Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp” 15 km outside Luang Prabang (around 45mn through dirt tracks). After arrival, you leave your luggage at the reception and get an introductory tour of the camp. Your guide will teach you about elephants, you can talk with our veterinarian, feed the elephants and relax by the riverside.

The expedition begins with an approximately 1.5 hour elephant ride through forests and over hills to a hidden valley. After reaching the protected Huay Sae Valley you leave the elephant and enjoy a luxury lunch with traditional Lao food and wine by a secluded waterfall. Depending on the water level you can swim in the natural pools.

Continue with an approximately 1.5 hours trekking on foot. The adventurous trail crosses bamboo bridges and passes waterfalls with blue pools in dense jungle. Where the trail leaves the valley, traditional horses from the hill tribes are waiting for you to carry your bags. They will accompany you for another approximately 30 minutes trekking along fields and forest.

Down at the Nam Khan River, a luxury bamboo raft is waiting for you. Slowly floating downstream, a relaxing approximately 1.5 hour journey plus an optional approximately 30 min stop at the Tad Sae Waterfall will bring you back to the camp. NOTE : the best time to visit Tad Sae is between June to January since you are in rainy season and the fall is not empty. In dry season, because of low water level, the boat rise is not possible. Have a coffee break, relax and watch the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen along the river.

In the late afternoon you will arrive at the camp where your room is ready for Check In. Spend the rest of the day at the Jacuzzi swimming pool or go for a walk with your guide to visit the local village nearby.
In the evening a delicious barbeque dinner will be served under the starry sky.

Retiring for the night in a luxury style tent which will touch all of your senses with its unique surrounding

Get up early and meet the elephants down at the river to join their daily bath. After a short Mahout instruction you ride bareback on the elephant’s neck, wash it, scrub it and guide it through the river to the camp. 

NOTE  : In order to avoid any disappointment, please take into account the following facts:
- We recommend you to bring your own bathing suit, towel and a change of clothes because you’ll get wet when you walk in streams and mud at time.
- When bathing the elephant, wear long pants because  the elephant has spiky hairs that chafe your thighs.
- In peak months, there are a lot of travellers staying at the camp and as a result, we can’t provide individual elephant bathing for everybody, considering the limited number of them (only 9 elephants, updated in 2013). We apologize for this unconvenience in such a case.
- You may need extra money for tipping your Mahout, your guide and buying bananas to feed elephants, etc. So we recommend you to bring money but keep it in your pocket in a waterproof bag.

Following breakfast you check out from your room. 10:00 am leave the camp and return by VIP minibus to Luang Prabang where your guide will drop you off at your hotel

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.

• Transfer and transportation by private car, including pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Luang Prabang
• Accommodation in Shangri Lao Explorer Camp, in twin or double sharing room basis with daily breakfast
• Meals: as indicated in above itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Sightseeing and entrance fee as per the mentioned itinerary
• An approximately 1.5 hour elephant ride in Howdah seat with roof
• An approximately 1.5 hour trekking + an approximately 30 min trekking with porter-horses
• An approximately 1.5 hour bamboo raft + an approximately 30 min optional stop Tad Sae
• Camp introduction with talk about elephants and feeding
• Drinking water and welcome drink
• Short Mahout instruction and elephant bathing
• English- speaking guide
• 24/24h assistance from our company
• Service charges and government tax

• Travel insurance
• Visa to Laos
• Drink and beverage
• Personal expenses
• Bananas for elephant feeding
• Camera fees (if any)
• Tips for guide, mahout & driver
• Surcharge in peak season (Christmas, New Year, local public holidays)
• Other items than mentioned in the program
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.

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