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Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips

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Address: Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Phone Number:
+856 71 252 417
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08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Elephant Village in Luang Prabang was set up in 2003 and is now owned by a...

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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Seriously, the BEST experience

I have previously done an elephant sanctuary/mahout training experience in Thailand a few years ago, and this completely exceeded my prior experience! I did the 2 day 1 night... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have previously done an elephant sanctuary/mahout training experience in Thailand a few years ago, and this completely exceeded my prior experience! I did the 2 day 1 night trip and am so glad I opted for this. You get to spend more time with the beautiful and sweet gentle giants and the accommodation and pool are such a clean... More 

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Sundridge, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide was Mr. Mack and my mahout was Mr. Lay. From the moment we were picked up at our hotel this was nothing but a positive and exhilarating experience! I went into this with a broken foot so couldn't wear my walking cast but rather jammed my foot into a shoe. So Mr. Mack. Ask for him! He is... More 

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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips, responded to this review

Dear Dawn D Thank you for writing your recommendation, we are extremely happy you enjoyed us so much. We are also very proud to have such wonderful guides and staff as they are really what can make a good tour; great! Thank you once again and we hope that we can see you again. Kind Regards Elepahnt Village Team P.s.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This a one of the mot brilliant experiences of my life! I have lived in South East Asia for 7 years and so have heard many horror stories about elephant riding companies, but Elephant Village really is a fantastic place that practice RESPONSIBLE TOURIM! Other reviews I have seen criticize the elephant riding and them being chain up at night,... More 

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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips, responded to this review

Dear Daisy G, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and amazing support. We always try to educate our guests about what we are and what we do, however we always make sure that everyone understands how we work. You are correct about them not being able to roam at night, but it is actually for a different reason... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Elephants are not well treated and are very old. Not the best place to visit. Cannot compare this place to Chang Mai.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 3 young children (aged 11, 9 and 8) to this sanctuary and were so impressed. It was laid back, never felt we were being rushed through. We had a practise ride on one elephant then we were off on our trek through the river on our elephants. It was such an experience to be riding right there... More 

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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips, responded to this review

Dear BanyardsAbroad, Thank you for your lovely review, it sounds like you had a great time! We take great pride in making sure that our tours are relaxed and fun, we understand that many people visiting Luang Prabang only have a few days to do things and on a time budget, so we want to provide the best possible experience... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the most wonderful day visiting the Elephant Sanctuary. Elephants very well looked after, they were able to roam freely even taken back to the jungle by their manhouts on a night time! We were taught how to communicate with the elephants before being allowed to ride them ( no saddles strapped to them sat on them bare back )... More 

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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips, responded to this review

Dear Tom R, Thank you for taking the time to write you fantastic review, we really appreciate it. Each day in the mid afternoon, all of our elephants will go back into the jungle with their mahout so that they can rest and relax. Thank you once again, Kind Regards Elephant Village Team More 

Shrivenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read a lot of reviews on here and some people said they didn't get much time with the elephants. We did the 1 day Mahout, it was brilliant. We got 3 rides on an elephant. One when we first got there after they teach you how to get on, the words of command, etc. This was just a taster... More 

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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips, responded to this review

Dear scasken, Thank you for your amazing review, we really appreciate it. The 1 day mahout experience is actually the most popular tour we do if only for the bathing! We try to make our tours more rounded than just purely riding on the elephants which is why we have a museum, dung paper making facility, gallery and so on.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 2 day 1 night tour and would absolutely recommend it. After the day trippers left we had the place to ourselves with the best tour guide ever - JOY. As if the experience wouldn't be great on its own - JOY made sure we were always looking out to make sure we had the best time possible... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This company is worth every penny. Its more expensive the other in town but when you get there and hear the stories about the rescues and the cost it takes to save these amazing creatures you know its worth it all. Our guide Tha was Amazing. So kind and knowledgeable. Just a lovely young man. I cant recommend this enough.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did a half day trip to the elephant sanctuary. We were looked after very well by our guide Mr Phon who spoke brilliant English and was amazingly knowledgeable about pretty much everything (having been a mahout and a monk amongst other things). It was just my husband and me on the tour when we went which was lovely as... More 

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