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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 40 Activities in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sightseeing Tours
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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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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coppull
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

just returned from laos, and the day spent here was definately the highlight of 3 weeks away. id already researched this place and searched out their office in LP, we booked a full day mamhout experience, while being a little on the expensive side, we had already decided that the extra money was being well channeled in the right place,... More

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

you get hands on with the elephants bath them get an elephant power shower.go swimming with them. at nite you have an elephant parade they are dressed up.they also played football and the elephants did painting.show you what alife they used to have before they was saved.you have your photo took with them also you have a elephant ride

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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 good time, however we must inform yourself and other readers that maybe you have mistaken us for another elephant camp. We do not have any kind of elephant parade, nor do we make our elephants do anything other than riding for half a day. After which they go back into... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I did a lot of research to make sure that I found somewhere where the elephants aren't abused. From what I saw, the elephants are treated well here. When riding the elephant, if they start misbehaving they're tapped to make them stop, but nothing cruel. They are well fed and they seem happy. We got to ride the elephants on... 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 many of our guests do their research before they decide to visit us, or indeed any place that involves animals. We make sure that all of our elephants are treated well and looked after as best we can. You can also check out our website for information about the welfare of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Excellent trip--our guide Sue Yang spoke good English and gave us a lot of great info. We enjoyed our elephant ride and hike through the jungle. Had a good lunch that was provided and then swam in some beautiful waterfalls.

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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 and it sounds like you had a really great time, which is fantastic. It is great that your guide for the day was so brilliant and hopefully he also gave you lots of information about Luang Prabang and Laos. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

I wish I could give zero out of five. I had booked for a day and a half with an over night stay but left after about two hours. Our guide at this point was surprised but very helpful and got me on to the next mini bus back to Luang Prabang. I saw an elephant's head being used as... 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 sorry to hear about this where ever it happened and we have sent you a private message through TripAdvisor asking you to confirm some details. We have spoken with our camp and operation managers who have confirmed with us that no one within the month of November left our camp early and so we think... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had the most wonderful day from hotel pick up, to drop off. Staff are attentive and interesting and above all love the elephants. Sanctuary is in the most picturesque spot and trip to the waterfalls was an added bonus. Lunch was good and the grounds are lovely. Staying out there would be beautiful. Make sure you book the correct... 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 writing your review, and also giving people the heads up about our logo! There are a few other elephant camps around Luang Prabang, but ours is unique in the overall experience we offer. We are noticing more and more great things being said about our guides, so we will make sure to pass... More

Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Some mixed reviews so I was a little concerned about this day but on arrival I saw that this was a really well run sanctuary with well treated elephants who spend their mornings carrying tourists and their nights in the jungle, the guide explained that they are chained in the jungle but on 100m chains to stop them wandering into... More

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

Dear Guest, Wonderful to hear that your time at Elephant Village was a success. I would guess you chose the 1 day mahout experience which involves the training and bathing, usually the most fun parts of all our tours. Our guides love to talk and improve their English everyday which always makes our guests time more interesting because they really... More

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

I'd read mixed reviews about the Elephant Village, but I absolutely loved my full day experience with overnight - the elephants are all ex working animals who have been rescued and are not able to be returned to the wild, and all seem happy and well cared for by their mahouts. The experience didn't seem forced or contrived at all,... More

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

Dear Guest, It is great to hear that you had a brilliant time with us. We are glad that you think that we are a worthy cause because we do try very hard to be. Bathing our elephants also seems to be the highlight of many peoples tours because you can really see how our elephants enjoy themselves! If you... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I am always a little skeptical when it comes to animals in captivity, but I honestly think the elephants here are happy, healthy and well cared for - not to mention the story behind each elephant - most of whom were rescued from the logging industry :-) I chose the one day mahout trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it -... More

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

Dear Guest, It is great for us to hear that you had a lovely time; it means that we are doing something right! Our mahouts have actually grown up with their elephants in some cases and tell us that they never enjoyed having their elephants work in the logging industry, but unfortunately they had no other options. It means that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We had a fantastic time on our 2 day mahout experience. Our guide Chavang was fantastic and very knowledgeable despite being new to the sanctuary. The elephants are really well treated here and it's very unlikely the terrible reviews are meant for this place. Especially when we visited the local waterfall and saw how those elephants were treated in comparison!... 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 lovely review and for being such a great person! We are incredibly happy that you enjoyed your time with us and that you found us to be genuinely looking after our elephants. It is true that (unfortunately) you cannot release an elephant back into the wild and even more so when regarding an elephant... More

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