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Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort

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Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
+856 71 252 417
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Elephant Village in Luang Prabang, Laos 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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“mahout training” (72 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

A beautiful rescue station for elephants where you can ride them without a howda directly sitting behind their head. Such great fun! We only went on a short ride through the river and then on by longboat to the pretty waterfalls where you can bathe...More

Thank micki61
Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Dear micki61, Thank you very much for your amazing review, we are very pleased that you enjoyed our camp so much :) Thank you also for noting that we take great care in looking after our elephants as this is our number 1 priority. We...More

Reviewed 24 November 2016

We were very disappointed in the experience we had at the Elephant Village. I believe that the experience that a group has depends on how many people are booked and the tour group they have used. They do not limit the number so if you...More

Thank Elaine F
Reviewed 22 November 2016

After so much bad press about elephant sanctuaries, it is great to visit one that is really looking after the elephants. Crossing the river on the back of one of these magnificent animals is something we will remember forever

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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

This was my favorite experience in Laos! The Elephant Camp was an approximate 30-min drive outside the City. We were split into pairs per elephant & were then taken on a very nice, 30-min ride. The guides offered & took pics along the way. The...More

Thank Sherry C
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

My three friends and I arranged a private one-day Mahout training experience at The Elephant Village earlier this month and it was an exceptional day. We learned about their mission to rescue elephants, met with the elephant vet (an especial treat for my veterinarian husband),...More

Thank Amosnali
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Prior to leaving for my holiday I tried to do some research regarding the elephant camps around Luang Prabang and found it all very confusing. Having eventually found my way to the Elephant Village by way of recommendation, we booked a two day (one night...More

Thank H5560
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This was one of the most amazing and inspiring experience I've had in South East Asia! We did the full day on Mahout Training. The best part was bathing the elephants. What a joyful experience! Happy elephants.

Thank Lara S
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We spend 1 day with the elephants under supervision of Mr. Mack. He knows a lot about elephants and can answer every question. First we had a Mahout-training, a walk, lunch and the bathing. Then we left the elephants and went to the Tad Sae...More

Thank JlnienVL
Reviewed 16 November 2016

My husband and I had a one night stay here and would have loved to stay longer. Most of the guests did a day trip from Luang Prabang, but it really is worth it to spend longer. The luxurious tents were extremely comfortable and private....More

Thank Jeanine21
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Is good to know that you can enjoy te company of these magnifecent animals in a place dedicated to conserve them. Thanks to my great guide Mr. Joy I can learn more about the elephants and how this place take care of the ones can...More

Thank Erika R
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justbrowsingaro... J
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
6 February 2016|
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Response from Derek P |
Don't worry, they do not use the chairs. You ride the elephants on their bare neck and they only let the elephants be risen for a max of 4 hours per day to ensure they are not overworked. They have a beautiful philosophy and... More