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Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips

Address: Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang, Laos
Phone Number: +856 71 252 417
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Ranked #9 of 47 Activities in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Elephant Village in Luang Prabang was set up by Markus Peschke in 2003. Our sales office is located...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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 Elephants 2. Community Support3. 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. 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

By far the highlight of my south east asia trip. My friends and i booked a full day experience. This included an hour(or longer) elephant ride where we were able to be the "mahout", feeding and spending time with the elephants as well as a jungle trek through the jungle to visit maxi ( the baby elephant) and a swim... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Walk along the Main Street and look for a good price. We paid $40 per person for 4 . Clean new van. 25 min ride on bumpy dirty road. A tuk tuk ride would have been hard on the bottom and head. To river then long boat ride up the river to the falls. Up the stairs to meet the... More 

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

Dear Guest, What wonderfully succinct review! But thank you for taking the time to write it and we are very happy that you had such a great time. Tad Se is also very pretty this time of year which is why we like to include it in our itineraries. Thank you once again and we wish you safe travels for... More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

I cannot praise the Elephant village highly enough for a truly unique, special encounter with their gentle giants. We did the two day one night experience as a family of four, two adults and two children age 11 and 8 and it was worth every penny. The communication prior to our trip was faultless and they even replied to two... 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 taking the time to write your review, it really made our day that we could provide you and your family with an unforgettable experience. We take great effort to make sure our elephants are well looked after and it is reviews like this that help to keep us on track and safe in the knowledge... More 

Canberra, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Elephant Village shows you don't need to be 'off the beaten track' to show travellers a great time. The highlight for us, of course, was our elephant Mae San - rescued from mistreatment by loggers and has a blind right-eye. Even in such a short time, I felt a connection riding her bareback and feeding her - getting a sense... More 

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

Dear Guest, I don't think you would be able to get an elephant on the plane back home, it would be like Snakes on a plane; but with elephants! (Hazardous for very different reasons). We are very happy that you enjoyed yourself at our camp and love that you really connected with the elephants. You definitely get a certain sense... More 

Estonia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We took the half-day tour which included an elephant ride, a boat trip to see the baby elephant, a boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall and finally lunch. If you don't feel like grooming the elephants or taking the mahout training, then the half-day tour is perfect. You get to ride the elephant on the seat as well as... More 

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

Dear Guest, You are right that our Half Day Experience is a fantastic way to see our elephants and camp as well as including lots of other activities. With all of our tours you get to see our baby elephant Maxi, who is growing up fast and actually starting to sprout some tiny tusks! We hope you can come again... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We absolutely loved our day trekking in the jungle on these beautiful creatures! The sanctuary is gorgeous, with signage providing a lot of information about the mission of the sanctuary and information about elephants. The mahouts were great. From what we saw, they do not use hooks and they are very close to their animals. They seem to be doing... 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 taking the time to write your review, we really appreciate it. We know that our guests come for more than to merely ride on an elephant and are interested enough to want to be educated about our beautiful elephants, so we try to provide as much information around our camp and trails as we can.... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We saw the elephants bathing in the river whist doing a day cruise on the Mekong and persuaded our guide to stop on the way back. It was the most worthwhile stop on the trip! there were 7 elephants in the sanctuary . You could stroke them have a ride on them and feed them with bananas. So lovely to... More 

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

Dear Guest We think that it is great that you decided to deviate slightly from your trip; because that is what travelling is all about, seeing new things and going towards where the heart pulls you! We actually have 13 elephants altogether, but our baby elephant and his mother do not participate in any riding activity, and one more only... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Overall awesome experience; worth taking this trip if you like elephants and walks in the jungle! We took the tour (check: http://www.elephantvillage-laos.com/) for full day which included a ride on the elephant followed by a trek in the jungle to Tad Sae waterfalls. Awesome because: pickup from and drop off at hotel; packed lunch provided was simple but tasty -... More 

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

Dear Guest, How fabulous that you had such a wonderful time! We are extremely happy that you enjoyed our Full Day Experience because we think it is a great mixture of elephant riding and trekking through the jungle. Also, w appreciate you mentioning our toilet facilities because as my grandmother used to say, you can always judge a place by... More 

University Park, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Having read a few negative comments about this adventure, we weren't sure if it would be a good one. But, we loved it. We were not with a tour group, so really got some "special" treatment. Our Mahut was very nice, no English but could get his idea across without it! The elephants all looked healthy and well fed. Compared... 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 taking the time to write your review. It sounds as though you really enjoyed your time with us and so we are very pleased to have given you an unforgettable experience. We would also like to congratulate you as being the first person to use the word "ornery" in one of our TripAdvisor reviews! You... More 

Grantham, New Hampshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I read a number of Trip advisor reviews about the elephant village in Laos and I believe people have confused two or more different places. If you want to be sure you are going to a place where the elephants are well treated, be sure it is the Elephant Village SANCTUARY a distance outside Luang Prabang. These are rescued elephants... 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 taking the time to write your lovely review and it gives us great pleasure that you had such a wonderful time. The seat you get to sit in is called the howdah and we find that it really creates quite hypnotic movements and is very relaxing! Well done for sitting on their necks, it is... More 

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