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Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips

Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856(0)71 252417
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Ranked #10 of 36 activities in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Elephant Village in Luang Prabang was set up by Markus Peschke in 2003. Our sales office is located on the main street in town close to the National... more » Owner description: Elephant Village in Luang Prabang was set up by Markus Peschke in 2003. Our sales office is located on the main street in town close to the National Museum.Our beautiful elephant camp is located next to the village Ban Xieng Lom. Elephant Village focuses on three objectives:1. Saving Elephants2. Community Support3. Nature PreservationWe 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. For example, older elephants and elephants which have injuries due to accidents. We currently have 9 elephants in our care. Our most recently acquired elephant is a disabled female who was injured when she stepped on a ‘UXO’ (Un-Exploded Ordinance) some time ago. She is happily living in our herd. « less
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Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We did the 1 day mahout experience and loved it. after learning the relevant words needed to "drive" we mounted the elephants for a brief ride followed by a longer ride across the river. the highlight of the day was the bathing of the elephants in the Nam Kham river. the project looks like it treats the elephants well and... More

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

Dear guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review as every review is appreciated and gives us the determination to keep going! We are very happy that you enjoyed your mahout experience and many guests often comment that washing our elephants is the highlight of that particular tour. We make every effort to ensure that... More

Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

What an awesome two days. Our favourite experience in all of Laos. The Elephant Village is doing amazing things for the rescued elephants of SE Asia. I researched for a long time before deciding on an elephant experience as I didn't want to visit a place that wasn't a genuine sanctuary for the animals. The mahouts are so kind and... More

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

Dear valued guest, We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time with us and it is great that you chose the two day trip so you could really get a feel for the jungle and our elephants. We also appreciate it when our guests really see the effort that we put in to help our elephants... More

The Hague, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We just got back from the two days mahout experience. We were picked up right on time and our guide was very friendly and helpfull. We were with a group of four and our guide told us a lot about the camp, the elephants and about the Tad Sae waterfall. The camp itself looks very nice and clean. The food... More

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

Dear Guest, Let us first say a great big dank je for taking the time to write a review, and such a lovely one at that. We are very pleased to hear that your time with us was so great and that you had an experience you will never forget. We absolutely love it when we hear that our guests... More

Perth, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a beautiful setting on the Nam Keing river, these people have done a truly great and noble thing by rescuing these incredible jungle souls. Lao was once known as the 'Land of a Million Elephants, but now there are less than 1600 remaining throughout the country. The grounds and setting are magnificent and more importantly the animals are just... More

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

Dear valued guest, We would like to thank you for such a lovely review and express our joy that you had the good time that you did. It seems that you did some research before choosing a camp to do elephant riding with and we are happy that you chose us. As you saw from our camp, we are very... More

Villingen-Schwenningen
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We booked the 2 day Mahout training and had a wonderful time! Seeing how Mahouts and elephants can interact in a respectful and loving way was eyeopening. Touching, riding and especially bathing the elephants was heartwarming. Plus for us, due to the lowseason we were the only one staying overnight and had the pool, the Hotel and the Restaurant for... More

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

Dear guest, Thank you for your review and we are happy that you enjoyed your time with us so much. Our mahouts have spent a significant amount of time with their elephants and as such develop a bond over the years. We also have an onsite veterinarian to help educate our mahouts further to ensure they adhere to good practices.... More

Nha Trang
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We got a half day tour with fun. Everything was well set up, pick-up on time, friendly and helpful guide, we felt really welcomed by the people there. We had a conversation on the way to learn about elephants and Elephant Village before we spent time with the elephant in real. That helped! You'll expect your new quality experience with... More

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

Dear valued guest, we are very pleased that you had so much fun. Our guides make every effort to provide as much information as possible and be friendly and helpful to our guests and this is a great source of pride for us. Certainly it can be somewhat scary when you first encounter such large animals, but as soon as... More

Sydney
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had a great day with the elephants. We were able to ride them without seats, bathe with them and feed them. The elephants were so placid and very much gentle giants. We saw the baby elephant around lunch. We had been told that the sanctuary is for females only. So we asked what would happen to the baby male.... More

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

Dear guest, We are very happy that you had a fun time with us and enjoyed our camp. Regarding our elephant calf Maxi, I am not sure who or why one of our employees would have told you that he will be used for logging in 4-5 years as this is certainly untrue. Elephant Village are committed to the welfare... More

Okinawa, Japan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We booked a half-day elephant adventure at the Elephant Village because we rode elephants in Thailand and wanted a similar experience. Despite the claim that the elephant village is a sanctuary for elephants, they mistreated the animals during the entire trip. From the moment we began our elephant trek, we wanted it to be over. The guides hit, kicked, punched,... More

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

Dear Guest, this review shocked and horrified everyone here at Elephant Village and we take these kinds of reviews incredibly seriously. We immediately began an investigation to see if this had happened in our camp. We are also investigating the possibility of this being a case of mistaken identity. We believe that you may have mistaken our elephant camp with... More

Delray Beach
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

These guys are humane as dedicated to the well being of the elephants. You get to spend quality time with these incredible animals and the caretakers. I had done this years earlier, with a different company and hated every minute of it. They were cruel to the animals, used nails to control them and the poor elephants had to go... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our camp and we are are very pleased to hear your experience was both fun and educational. We are dedicated to looking after our elephants and bringing them away from the logging industry with which they earned their living before coming to us. We strive to create the... More

Perth, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We chose to go for the walk with the Elephants and then do the bathing. The power of the animals is intimidating, it was hard first getting onto the elephant saddle due to pure fear. When the mahout (trainer) hops onto the elephant's neck with you though you feel much safer. The highlight of the trip was definitely the bathing.... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for writing such a nice review and we are delighted that you had a good time. Many of our guests also love the elephant bathing and it is proving to be very popular. Although it can be quite scary, the experience is definitely worth it! Thank you again for your review and we hope to see... More

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