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Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort

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Luang Prabang, Laos
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About Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort
Elephant Village in Luang Prabang, Laos 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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Andrew S wrote a review Mar 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom714 contributions135 helpful votes
A half day trip was absolutely fantastic, an experience to remember for ever. We were picked up from our hotel by our guide ‘Mr Sack’ and taken up to the sanctuary, here we learned about the history of why the sanctuary was brought about, lots of information on the elephants, how they are looked after, we saw the hospital and the resident vet who ensures the health of these graceful creatures daily. We then fed them, bananas and banana trunk, later we went for a boat ride up the Mekong to some waterfalls (dry at the moment) then back to the sanctuary/ resort for lunch which was delicious, sitting in a private gazebo overlooking the Mekong. Then after lunch we walked with the elephants to the river where we bathed them, this was a fantastic moment and hilarious at the same time, that can be very naughty. It was a simply fantastic experience.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Lulstantin wrote a review Mar 2020
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This place is soooo nice to relax and escape the tourist area of Luang Prabang. We stayed 2 nights at this resort and could have stayed a week. AWESOME view from balcony, REALY beautiful rooms which are declared as tents. So many beautiful details. bathtub is great and good is simple but super delicious. Ate both nights there and didn’t regret once. Free shuttle service to town and back and lovely stuff. SPECIAL THANKS to Lulu who is the most amazing manager we ever met!!! Our two years old boy loved her and she took so much time to take care and play with him. Great place for children. Again thank you soooo much Lulu! We did as well the half day tour which was really nice. We definitely come back.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Daniele R wrote a review Feb 2020
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Picked up at our hotel, we drove for 15 km to the Elephant Village. We got to feed the elephants, and pat them and learn all about them. An amazing opportunity to learn more about their difficult lives while logging. The place is beautiful and we crossed the river on a low boat while the elephants were swimming along. After a walk with them, we were taken on a boat ride then back to have a great lunch. And we saw how they made paper with elephant dung ! Great for the whole family.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jessica W wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom48 contributions4 helpful votes
Great visit to this wonderful sanctuary - the tour group couldn’t find my hotel so they sent someone on a motorcycle to find me! Great service. The elephants are wonderful and cared for. Sad to see the one who had stepped in a land mine The elephants are very friendly and curious. I loved it
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Megan C wrote a review Feb 2020
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We went to this “sanctuary” before we knew everything that’s involved with riding elephants. After riding them bareback, we went to bathe them. I immediately felt weird about the whole experience because there was no way that was enjoyable for the elephants. We also visited the baby elephants who were taken from their mom and had bells attached to them. As we were leaving to get on the boat, one of the elephants was “acting up” and the trainer immediately threatened him with a knife. My heart sank. I really regret every having paid for this experience. Elephants should not have to work all day to provide entertainment and I hope people do not support this business.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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