We booked with Jewel Travel Laos a one day tour that we customised with half day elephant riding (and bathing) and half day kayacking. We asked to leave early to avoid heat and to have enough time for both activity
We specified before hand that we wanted a good guide, proficient in English and enjoying the activities with us, and sharing his knowledge.
We were really satisfied of the experience. Two other persons joins the group so we had 2 guides for 4 people. Both guides were really enthusiastic and eager to share about their culture, explaining spontaneaoulsy a lot of facts about their city and country. On top of that, they were quite funny !
As far as the activities, the elephant ride was the traditional one hour ride/bathing/explanations. The elephants look well treated and the environment around the camp was great. There were no dead time between activities and all was well organised not loosing one min.
Before going kayacking we had an excelent, fresh and abundant lunch
The kayacking, despite being the dry season, had some good rapids. Safety talks was a bit fast and no clear explanations was given on how to paddle. So not recommended for real beginners. With my husband we were not beginners but still had issues controling the double seat kayack and fell intro the water. Single kayack is way easir ! The guide was really good in helping us and then offer his single kayack to my husband and I paddled with him
So I recommand this agency but talk to the boss and make sure what your expectations are an enjoy a bit of adventure
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