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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We took the half day tour, it was nice to see that the elephants were treated wellll to begin with! The elephant ride itself was a lot of fun! i recommend feeding the elephant bananas while you sit up front! Lunch was good, a lot of choice but maybe it was a little too expensive for what we got out... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you taking the time to write your review and we appreciate it a lot. It is great fun to feed our elephants when sitting on their neck as it gives you a more intimate experience than feeding them from ground level. We wish you a wonderful rest of your journey and hope to see you again if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were a family of eight; two teenagers, three young adults and three older adults. Everyone had an excellent time. The staff was very attentive and the elephants seemed well taken care of. I thought that we received a good value for our money. We had been traveling over a month in Asia and this was by far one of... More

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

Dear Guest, It is fantastic that you had a really great time and we thank you for taking the time to write your review. We apologize that you got split up from your family and we understand that it would have been more fun if had stayed together, so will try to make sure that we can keep people together... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This day trip was great! I should say it was my priority to feel that the elephants were treated well.At Elephant Village Sanctuary, this really seems to be the case. Many of the elephants are rescued form logging. One of the elephant trainers had known the elephant for over a decade and you could see their incredible bond. The Elephants... More

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

Dear Guest, We are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your trip with us. Many of our mahouts have grown up with their elephants and unfortunately had to use them for logging in order to feed them and themselves. However, because we can provide them with an alternate source of income and a good life for their elephant, they decided to... More

Medford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Like many others, I was skeptical of visiting an elephant preserve, but couldn't have been happier with my experiences. The elephants were clearly cared for- they responded positively to the mahouts, were kept in a large group, and some had signs of medical care. A few were leashed while being fed, but others stood on their own with no tether,... More

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

Dear Guest, We are so pleased that you visited us and enjoyed your time at our camp. We love it when our guests can see the work we do with our elephants because it means that our goal of creating sustainable tourism can be successful and hopefully replicated around Luang Prabang and Laos. We apologize that we may not have... More

London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We booked a full day mahout training day. The training lasted all of about 5 minutes, the 1 hour elephant trek was 30 minutes and the part we were really looking forward to the bathing was 10 minutes. It wasn't a busy day, in fact we were practically the only people there! Most of the day we were left to... More

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

Dear Guest, we are sorry that you did not enjoy your trip as best that you could have. Unfortunately, we are dependent on several factors from the speed of the elephant to the conditions of the day. We tell our sales staff to make it clear that the elephant ride is 3 km. However, if you were told otherwise, we... More

Da Nang, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was really wary of doing this, as I've read about other outfits who really mistreat the elephants and I feel bad riding them (and, yeah, I feel bad riding horses, too I'm just a sap) but I have done it before so I didn't think this would be that exceptional. But you know what? I WAS WRONG. This was... 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, we appreciate every review but it is reviews like this that make us feel proud to continue trying our hardest to provide a great experience for our guests. We make sure not to be high pressure when people ask about our tours because we do not want to overly commercialize... More

Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We did the 1 day mahout which I thoroughly recommend - was pricey but was also one of the best things we did in Laos. You really get a sense that they care for the elephants well, learning to ride bareback on its neck was a truly unique experience, as was bathing the elephants. The ride itself was a good... 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 extremely pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. The mahout day is our most popular and certainly many of our guests really enjoy bathing their elephant! We are also very fortunate to have Maxi as part of our herd because it means that we can ensure that he will... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We did two-day Mahout (M2D) tour and were not impressed. First let me say that our family are experienced with elephant camps having done a three day camp in Thailand and numerous elephant rides around Chiang Mai. Summary; • Not enough elephants, so they are over-worked and this was our BIGGEST complaint. The elephants as a result do not seem... More

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

Dear Guest, We take all reviews very seriously and are very sorry that you didn't have the best possible time. We make sure to only work our elephants until the afternoon so that they are not overworked. However we provide other activities such as going upriver in our longboats to Tad Se waterfalls so our guests can enjoy seeing different... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We loved it. We booked the '1 day Mahout Experience' through Tiger Trail in Luang Prabang. It wasn't cheap for a family of 5, but it was worth every penny. The pickup from our hotel worked well, it was a short drive from Luang Prabang (less than an hour). The Elephant Village site itself is absolutely lovely. Aside from the... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you taking the time to write a review and we really love to hear about our guests having a brilliant time. We also appreciate that you mention our guides because we always striving to improve our service and we are proud to have such great employees who are part of this. We make sure our elephants receive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The one day visit to this sanctuary was the highlight of our stay in Luang Prabang. The site is beautiful, the lunch was delicious, and the extent of our interaction with the elephants (including the baby Maxi) was inspiring. Highly recommended!

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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 your kind review and we appreciate all reviews which can help us to improve our camp. We are very happy to that you had such a lovely time and Maxi is definitely the star of our camp (and we think he knows it too!) We take great pride in maintaining our camp because... More

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