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Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort

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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 5 days ago 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
1  Thank C7579RSlaural
Reviewed 6 days ago

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 1 week ago 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
Thank ddeeee
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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
2  Thank Swissa340
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought that we were going to view some elephants, but realized that we could ride them. No chairs are used- people ride directly on their back with a staff person behind them. After initial anxiety about being so high, I thoroughly enjoyed this unique...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Possibly one of the top 10 best experiences of my life. Touch, feed, and ride (if you want) elephants who’ve been retired from logging. Learn about their current predicament and find where you’re place might be in the solution.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank paulo27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me start out by saying that I absolutely believe that people should do their homework with regard to the treatment of animals. There is also a fine line between exploitation and pure conservation. Elephant Village is open about the fact that a model purely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank JSTrip_77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went as a family of 6 - 3 adults and 3 kids (4,7, 9). We got a great English speaking guide that came for transport from town and wonderful intro. They give you a coffe/tea/ water upon arrival and explain their concept and your...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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January 14, 2019|
Response from 269ivanaj | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is bare-back elephant ride allowed at this place. If you don't want to support this kind of attraction, don't go there ... but my impression from this place was, they really take care of the animals and among the... More
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December 18, 2017|
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Response from Elephant V | Property representative |
yes it is.