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“Beautiful day with the elephants!”

Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 13 June 2014

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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

All I can say about Elephant Village is that the elephants were not happy and free animals. They were chained, and when we were supposed to ride them, they didn't want to walk. The men that was "guiding" us had to threaten them to make them move and the elephants were clearly very scared of the stones they were threatened with. It seemed like they knew what pain of the rocks felt like. Sometimes I thought the guide were about to throw rocks at the elephants, and we told them to stop, but they just laughed. Do not support this kind of animal cruelty!

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

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Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

Me and my wife decided to go on this tour even before our departure from Brazil. As we got to the village, all our expectations were fulfilled. The guides and trainers were all nice and you have a chance not only to learn some commands as well as bathe your elephant, what is really cool. Just a warning, you get totally wet so bring appropriate clothes. One more thing, it is a good idea to stretch a little first! Riding an elephant is not as easy as it looks.

Thank Gustavo F
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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Dear Guest, we thank you for writing your review.

We are incredibly happy that you had such a great time. The mahout course is definitely one of our most popular and most people have a lot of fun learning all of the commands.

As for washing the elephants, that is some very good advise as our elephants and mahouts certainly enjoy watching guests getting wet !

Thank you once again and we hope to see again the future,

Kind Regards,

Elephant Village Team

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