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“Great mahout training day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips

Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips
Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 252 417
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Owner description: 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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“Great mahout training day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

A fab day training with the elephants. We were picked up in our guest house and brough to the sanctuary. The ground of the sanctuary are very well kept and the view is amazing view over the river. We then were taught how to instruct the elephant to go left, right, sit..... We then on our first ride on the neck of the elephant. Omg that was nice scary. Once we all had a go, we went for a ride on the elephant on a saddle. That was lovely. We then fed our elephants of bananas and had a good lunch ourselves. Note you have to pay for bananas and drinks. After lunch we went back on the neck of our elephant to bath him. That was great fun. Then we went on the boat to the waterfall. It was a great day!

Visited December 2012
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“One of the highlights of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We booked our 2 day Mahout experience through "Tiger Trail". My boyfriend and I are animal people and had been looking forward to this for months.
All expectations were met - our guide Camdee was so lovely, the food was great and the elephants were beautiful. We stayed in the elephant village just down the road from the "Shangri Laos" (where the elephant camp is located) - if I had to make one recommendation it would be to pay a little extra and stay at the Shangri Laos - we got a tour of the place and it was stunning. However, the place we stayed in just a short walk away was also quite pleasant and comfortable. Its not the cheapest of tours that you can do, but you really see where the money goes. We were happy to support the program. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience. We didn't want to leave!

Visited February 2013
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“Wonderful - wish I could've stayed longer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Amazing experience! I did a 1 day Mahout training & really wish I could've stayed for days. Beautiful location and very informative about elephants and current issues surrounding their survival and quality of life. Great guides and opportunities to ride and wash the elephants. Food was great and the pool was a refreshing way to finish the day. Some other elephant experiences in Laos and other SE Asian countries have reports of animal mistreatment, at the Elephant Village I saw none of that and would highly recommend choosing this company for an elephant experience.

Visited February 2013
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“Great fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The staff was wonderful and I totally enjoyed riding the elephants. We stayed overnight and the grounds and rooms were beautiful. Great pool although it closed a t 3:00.

Visited January 2013
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“Way too expensive !!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We booked 2 days (Mahout program) and payed on their online site 576 USD for 2 adults + 2 kids (6 and 9 years old). For this price we were expecting something else than:

- first day finished at 14:40 (began at 10:00 when arriving at the Elephant village)
- second day from 7:30 to 10:00 (when leaving the Elephant village).

The activities with the elephants are fun but really short and the boat ride to the waterfall is senseless since apparently there is no water running but no other activity is proposed to replace it !

For this price we were expecting a bit (or a lot !) more.
I had to give one star to thank the personnel working there, especially the dedicated Mahout.
DO NOT GO !!! The money does not serve neither the elephants nor the staff but certainly more the owner and his vintage car collection.

Visited February 2013
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Michael R, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary Day Trips, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Van L,

thank you for your review. I am very much wondering about the price you have stated of the cost of your tour. If I calculate the tour cost according to your information 3 Adults and 1 child, then the cost should be 455 US$. If you want to put a review than please stick to the facts and do not put untruth information here.
Why you complain about the time schedule of the tour? I am sure you must have read the tour description and you knew what you have bought, right?
Your hint to the owners car collection does not fit in here. I can tell you that each car has cost not more than a 1.000 US$ and these were the cars available for low budgets during the time when the owner came in 1998 to Luang Prabang, before he started the Elephant Village in 2003. Most Lao people sold their cars to the Chinese scrap metal dealers, but Mr. Markus kept them as they are a reminder of the old days in Laos.
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