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Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort

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Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
+856 71 252 417
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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 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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Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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"tad sae waterfall"
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"these gentle giants"
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"an amazing experience"
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"the nam khan river"
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

The one day visit to this sanctuary was the highlight of our stay in Luang Prabang. The site is beautiful, the lunch was delicious, and the extent of our interaction with the elephants (including the baby Maxi) was inspiring. Highly recommended!More

Thank Mark_YVR
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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2014

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your kind review and we appreciate all reviews which can help us to improve our camp. We are very happy to that you had such a lovely time and Maxi is definitely the star of our camp (and...More

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Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

We booked for half day including going into the river with the elephant. We paid for but we couldn't do it. They said that the river was high. Of course they knew that the day before. Any refound was possible.More

1  Thank Jose Raul L
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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2014

Dear Guest, We are very sorry to hear that you were not happy with your experience. Unfortunately due the unpredictable weather of Luang Prabang, it is sometimes very difficult to carry out our tours without endangering our staff, guests and elephants. As such we occasionally...More

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Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a beautiful setting on the Nam Keing river, these people have done a truly great and noble thing by rescuing these incredible jungle souls. Lao was once known as the 'Land of a Million Elephants, but now there are less than 1600 remaining throughout...More

Thank Stuart W
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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2014

Dear valued guest, We would like to thank you for such a lovely review and express our joy that you had the good time that you did. It seems that you did some research before choosing a camp to do elephant riding with and we...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

These guys are humane as dedicated to the well being of the elephants. You get to spend quality time with these incredible animals and the caretakers. I had done this years earlier, with a different company and hated every minute of it. They were cruel...More

Thank CaroLivesToTravel
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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2014

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our camp and we are are very pleased to hear your experience was both fun and educational. We are dedicated to looking after our elephants and bringing them away from the logging industry...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

What I saw here was absolutely disgusting. If they are supposed to be looking after the elephants then they have failed. I went with my boyfriend and his friend as a morning break from a SEasia tour we were doing. I got out of the...More

34  Thank DanielleH1993
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

All I can say about Elephant Village is that the elephants were not happy and free animals. They were chained, and when we were supposed to ride them, they didn't want to walk. The men that was "guiding" us had to threaten them to make...More

20  Thank Sofie D
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Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

Me and my wife decided to go on this tour even before our departure from Brazil. As we got to the village, all our expectations were fulfilled. The guides and trainers were all nice and you have a chance not only to learn some commands...More

Thank Gustavo F
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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2014

Dear Guest, we thank you for writing your review. We are incredibly happy that you had such a great time. The mahout course is definitely one of our most popular and most people have a lot of fun learning all of the commands. As for...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2014

We loved our time learning to be a mahout. The group was a little large meaning some things took a while but the ride was brilliant and washing them was my favorite part by far! Maxi is awesome too and I loved that these guys...More

Thank RhinoHailstorm
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Elephant V, Public Relations Manager at Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2014

We are always happy at Elephant Village to receive reviews and we thank you for taking the time to do so. Our mahout courses are some of our most popular, so we are very happy that you enjoyed it, especially washing your elephant. Depending on...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Took an elephant ride with Phone Travel.. The way they treat their elephants are quite alright compared to other countries that resort to clipping the elephants' ears. For a first time ride, I would say it is ok and brings you to beautiful sceneries. But...More

Thank Koh W
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

From beginning to end this was a well organized, educational and fun day out. Be prepared to get muddy and wet!

3  Thank kiwiyachtie
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Holly E
December 18, 2017|
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Response from Elephant V | Property representative |
yes it is.
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justbrowsingaro... J
August 14, 2016|
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Response from Elephant V | Property representative |
Hi there, you can book online to secure your place, but if you feel more comfortable by booking through our sales office, you can also do that :) Kind rgeards Elephant village team
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