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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Just got back from our 2 day elephant trip and we couldn't be happier! So happy to see the level of care for the animals and upkeep of the property was beyond my expectations. The rooms that we stayed in were very nice as well. Our guide, Lae, was informative, friendly and funny and all of the mahouts and elephants... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have been at elephant village for 1 day tour. I exept to see happy elephants, and place that save the elephants in the nature. Actually, the elephants working all day, the baby elephant live in a cage, and the elephant don't seem happy :/ The guide didn't provided any information, and the pool was close.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We booked for half day including going into the river with the elephant. We paid for but we couldn't do it. They said that the river was high. Of course they knew that the day before. Any refound was possible.

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

Dear Guest, We are very sorry to hear that you were not happy with your experience. Unfortunately due the unpredictable weather of Luang Prabang, it is sometimes very difficult to carry out our tours without endangering our staff, guests and elephants. As such we occasionally alter some aspects of our tours to make sure we can continue our rides with... More

Singapore, Singapore
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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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
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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

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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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

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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

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