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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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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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This is a must do adventure when visiting Luang Prabang. Riding an elephant and feeding them is guanteed to put a smile on your face. An unforgettable experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a must do adventure when visiting Luang Prabang. Riding an elephant and feeding them is guanteed to put a smile on your face. An unforgettable experience.

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

Dear kernowtraveller77, Thanks for writing your very succinct review! We are pleased that you enjoyed yourself and we really hope that you can visit us again. Kind regards, Elephant Village Team More 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The challenge I always find with animals and entertainment is exploitation. This was definitely not the case at the Elephant village- I felt our money was actually providing something to help that would not ordinarily be there. We booked a half day tour through one of the two Elephant Village official shops mainstreet Luang Prabang. We had a 30 minute... More 

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

Dear jassese, Thank you for writing your review. We always love hearing reviews about our camp whether good or bad (we obviously prefer good ones though!), because we can see how well we are doing or if there is anything that we need to do to make our camp even better. The Half Day Experience that you chose to do... More 

London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It was an amazing day where we felt that we had the opportunity to connect with an elephant on a personal basis. The guide picked us up from our hotel and it is a 1/2 hour drive to the sanctuary. It is situated in the hills outside of Luang Prabang near the river. It was a nice, clean environment and... More 

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

Dear Carocrotte, Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are very happy to hear that you had such a great time with us. Luang Prabang town is very pretty and interesting but it is sometimes nice to get away to nature for a bit and like you say, we are located in some really beautiful jungle.... More 

Miami, FL
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I did this tour in April 2015. Although pricy around $100 for the day I feel it was worth it. Also, I traveled to Thailand too and the prices were similar. I also was told by different tourists that this Luang Prabang Elephant tour was better than the tours people did in Chiang Mai. My only issue was the guide... More 

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

Dear GringoEnMiami, Thank you very much for your review and doing your research before to ultimately choose us. We really do appreciate when someone decides to visit us when you could easily go to other camps in Luang Prabang, because we know that you will always have a great time with us and an experience to remember. We apologize about... More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We did the half day trip with an elephant ride followed by a boat ride up the river to see some waterfalls. There wasn't much water in the falls but it would have been stunning if there was. The elephants all seemed to be well taken care of. We paid a short visit to the baby elephant kept across the... More 

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

Dear BarneySpeaks, It sounds as though you had a great time and we are very pleased that you enjoyed our Half Day Experience. It is a really great way to our elephants if you have to budget your time. Unfortunately the Tad Se Waterfalls are very dry this time of year but you are correct that when there is water... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We had a blast on this tour. Highly recommend this for a great day out. Learnt how to ride the elephants. Took them out for a trek. Visited the baby elephant Maxi and then took our elephants for a bath. Ended up going out for tea with the whole tour group that night.

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

Dear Nigel S, Thank you very much for writing your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your tour with us, especially on our most popular tour; the 1 day mahout experience. It is great to see the elephants up close to really appreciate how wonderful they are. Plus it is great that you also met some other great... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

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

Dear Jill O, What a wonderful review and thank you very much for taking the time to write it. We are very pleased that you have such good fun. The 1 day mahout experience is definitely our most popular tour, mainly because of the bathing which is a great way to get up close with our elephants, (and also to... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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

Dear Mary-Jane W, Thank you for your review, we are very happy that you enjoyed your time at our camp! We are happy that you managed to choose the best tour for needs because we offer several different types which we hope cater for all sorts of travel styles. It is a shame about the weather, but unfortunately Laos has... More 

Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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106 reviews 106 reviews
55 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

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 

New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

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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