Had the opportunity to stay overnight at the Mahout Lodge (part of All Laos Elephant Camp?) last week and do some elephant riding as well. The camp is set out on a nice piece of land on a site accessible only by boats run by the camp. While at the camp one is completely dependent on provided camp facilities and food.
This dependency is exploited by the camp, and that makes the place untrustworthy.
We discovered that they had two menu cards at their one restaurant with hugely different prices. Innocent guests get fleeced via the higher priced menu card unless they know!!! All this at a place where you have no options, so a boiled egg at 10,000 kips is what you have to pay if you want that egg.
Our experience with the elephant rides also showed a lack of ethics. The staff insisted that money for the ride be paid upfront, and after we had done that we got a ride that was 50 minutes long instead of the 80 minutes promised when the ride was sold. And even that short ride missed sections that they had said would be done when they had shown us the promotional pictures.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and experience the peaceful serenity of The Mahout Lodge situated on the banks of the Nam Khan River and surrounded by incredible jungle. On the outskirts of Luang Prabang, an incredible UNESCO designated World Heritage destination, you will find 16 idyllic chalets each with their own bathroom and private balcony. Each is different with either 1x King Bed, 2x King beds or a family chalet with 4x King Beds in total. Inspired by Laotian culture these cabins are rustically charming, surrounded by beautiful gardens and ideal for the adventurous spirit and authentic traveler. Our majestic 20 room Resort will be open in October 2015. Beautifully designed each room has a private balcony overlooking the Nam Khan River, a mini bar, air conditioning, private bathrooms and full hotel services. Surrounded by jungle it is a peaceful haven to watch elephants play and renew your mind, body and spirit. Join us and wander the gardens, watch the elephants, enjoy our swimming pool, café, bar, and restaurant, and/or book one of our many tours we have on offer here at the Mahout Lodge. Learn how to be a mahout (elephant caretaker), kayak or bamboo raft down the Nam Khan river, hike or mountain bike, visit hill tribes and villages, or simply rest and relax. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mahout Eco Hotel Luang Prabang