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Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips

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Address: Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang, Laos
Phone Number: +856 71 252 417
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Description: Elephant Village in Luang Prabang was set up in 2003 and is now owned by a...
Elephant Village in Luang Prabang 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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An unforgettable day with elephants

Nothing much I can add to previous reviews, except to say that for me, this was an unforgettable day with the elephants and their mahouts. I travelled with my adult son, and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Nothing much I can add to previous reviews, except to say that for me, this was an unforgettable day with the elephants and their mahouts. I travelled with my adult son, and the other 4 people on our trip were so friendly, it turned out a really fun and informative day. As for $US100 for the day, it was value... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We chose the full day elephant mahout experience with washing and we had so much fun. Prior to choosing the one day excursion, we considered staying overnight but one full day provided us with the experience we were looking for. We rode our elephant on a houda, two people per elephant. It was raining so we were happy to have... More 

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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We booked a day-trip at Shangri Lao and everything was perfectly arranged. We were picked up at our hotel in Luang Prabang (40 minutes) and started with welcome and introduction to the camp and the elephants. The reason to choose this tour was that the elephants were treated humane as we did saw and experienced this day. A part of... More 

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

Dear Bert W, Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we really appreciate it. It sounds like you did one of our Shangri-Lao experiences which includes different routes and as you say, a luxury river raft trip down the Namkhan River whilst eating your lunch. We are so pleased that you enjoyed yourself and it makes us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

My wife and I (me 71, her close behind) did a day trip here in early March, 2015 as part of two months independent travel in Southeast Asia. We thought this was a quality experience and organization in all respects. The elephants are well cared for, the people staffing the sanctuary are clearly serious about their work, and going for... More 

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

Dear william2000, Thank you for visiting us an writing your review, we are very happy to have provided you with such a wonderful experience. We are also very happy that you chose us, especially because it sounds as though you are quite the experienced travelers ! you are correct that any activity involving animals can be controversial, and especially when... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend and I booked the Mahout one day elephant tour. We didn't really know what to expect. But have heard stories from other countries that it isn't good. However this place was truly amazing. We had great fun.. Within 30mins we were riding an elephant round the grounds giving signals which we learnt in Loa. Was so much fun.... More 

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

Dear MatthewEStorey, Thank you for taking the time to write your wonderful review. We are very happy that you enjoyed yourself so much and that we could provide you with such a great experience. We are also very happy because it sounds as though you did some research before you decided to use us which we feel is very important... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We specifically wanted to go to the Elephant Village because this sanctuary is government run and the animals are treated humanely, unlike at other places in SE Asia (and the world for that matter). They offer full, half, and two day tours; we opted for the half day tour (as we were going to see the Kuang Si Falls in... More 

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

Dear andrew_s_lee, Thank you very much for your comprehensive review, we are extremely happy that you enjoyed yourself so much. There is just one thing we would like to correct for clarity and honesty, we are actually a private company and not owned by the government. We do however lease some land from the government as a concession in order... More 

London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We did the full day tour at Elephant Village on the Gold Package. We were collected from our hotel and driven to the Village about 30 minutes from LP. On arrival our guide showed us around the camp and gave us some information about the work they do and the lives of the elephants - where they come from, how... More 

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

Dear Phoenix27, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review, we really appreciate all the feedback we get and it also gives us great pleasure to see that our guests are enjoying their time with us. We really have some very good guides here at Elephant Village and they are very good at explain all sorts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This was the first time that I had experienced riding on a elephant. The elephants are well looked after and are rescued from cruelty in the jungles. We had an enjoyable lunch and this was followed by a boat trip across the river so that we could see a baby elephant. We were give the opportunity to feed it. We... More 

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

Dear Tyzllmyne, It sounds like you really had an unforgettable experience with us and we are extremely happy to have been able to provide it for you. It is a shame that the waterfall is dry this time of year, but hopefully our guide give you and all of our guests the option to wither go, or stay and relax... More 

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Even after reading the rave reviews about this attraction the experience exceeded expectations. Absolutely nothing about Elephant Village smacked of tourist trap, no hordes of people being shuffled through. It was truly a sanctuary where the staff is obviously dedicated to the care of the elephants. Since I was traveling solo I was put in with a group of 7... More 

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

Dear Angie K, Thanks you very much for taking the time to write your fantastic review. We are very happy that you had a great time with us and that we could provide you with such a unique experience. The experience you describe is exactly how we try to make it for everyone because we always try to make the... More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

this is my third time I have taken international guest to the elephant village and it just keeps getting better each time. An amazing experience for the whole family, and the animals are cared for extremely well. This community based organisation is truly a great amino experience.

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

Dear Stuart W, Thank you for your wonderful review, we really appreciate here at Elephant Village. We certainly make it our mission to care for our elephants and we are very happy when people can see happy, stress free elephants enjoying the rest of their lives. Thank you once again, Kind Regards, Elephant Village Team More 

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