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Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort

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“shangri lao”(7 reviews)
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...more
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Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
+856 71 252 417
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid 49USD for half day. Pick up at hotel 08:40 and return 13:30.... and we tried to stay as long as possible. We spent 45 minutes with elephants. Nice people but nothing to do. Buffet is terrible, no choice. Elephants are carrying people all...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were delighted to discover how well the elephants are being treated -- trained vet on staffed, training takes place via voice commands not hooks and the elephants appear healthy and content. Took our daughter and teen grandsons and they LOVED the experience. Something really...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveled with family including teen grandsons. We all loved hanging out with the elephants who were gentle and friendly! Fed them, petted them, and bathed them or vice versa across the Nam Kahn (sp?) river outside of Luang Prabang, Laos. The staff graciously explained how...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Joni W
Reviewed March 18, 2019 via mobile

We spent 10 days touring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and this was THE most fun! You’ll learn about elephants and interact with them up close. Hard to tell if the animals are being exploited for tourism but generally, I got the feeling that they are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 10, 2019 via mobile

I would not recommend this place. During my visit I was always having this uncomfortable feeling that something was not okey. Seeing elephants constantly being ridden by tourists, going on their knees to take pictures, doing tricks...Basically being treated like pets. They explain you that...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 9, 2019

We spent four days at Shangri-lao elephant camp and were very impressed. Having been involved with animals great and small all my (long) life, I know the elephants are luckier to be there than slaving in the logging industry. Of course I’d rather see them...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 8, 2019 via mobile

Checked this place out. They mainly seem to excel at promoting themselves on TripAdvisor. Was also told by other places that wild elephants really don’t like having humans ride them, and basically the only way to force them to let humans ride them is by...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ddeeee
Reviewed February 8, 2019

They rescue old and or worn out Elephants here. You can take a 1 hour ride on one if you would like. Or just watch them as they cross the river taking riders. $10 US entrance fee.Cost of the ride?

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jim J
Reviewed February 5, 2019 via mobile

This place claims to be ethical and care about elephants but yet they allow tourists to ride them. Read up on how they get elephants used to being ridden, it’s terrible and no place that allows it cares about the elephants, they are just using...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank ZacharyC478
Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

On their website they advertise that they are recommended by newspaper “the guardian”. After a research we could find that the guardian recommends only one sanctuary in Laos, which is not this one but is 80km away. The guardian recommends only sanctuary where rides on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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January 14, 2019|
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Response from OKWhite | Reviewed this property |
You don't have to go on a ride. You can spend your days getting to know the elephants (who, by the way, are all rescues!) and the incredible work that the sanctuary is doing. Plus, it is an amazing retreat as well, so you... More
Holly E
December 18, 2017|
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Response from Elephant V | Property representative |
yes it is.