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Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort

1,826 reviews
Luang Prabang, Laos
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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Explore Luang Prabang Backroads Biking Tour
$94.00 per adult
Get off the beaten path and onto back roads with this popular bike tour through the rural countryside of Luang Prabang. You'll spend the day exploring destinations that few see, with stops at local markets and quiet villages. You'll interact with locals and learn about traditional silk weaving from professional artisans. This popular tour is the perfect way to blend active travel with cultural exchange.
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

I went in reluctantly to please the rest of the family and seriously fearing the tourist trap. But in the end, this was a very enjoyable experience as we got to learn about elephants their behaviour, the problems that are currently faced to ensure their...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

The highlight of my trip. The staff is so great with the elephants. The elephants are taken care of to the best environment. The 4 year olds were so fun. Riding an elephant bare back is the only way to go. They use no chairs,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

Our day with the elephants stands out as the highlight of our six weeks in Southeast Asia. We prepared fruit, hand-fed the elephants, trekked with them along the river and up into the hills, enjoyed a wonderful outdoor lunch overlooking the sanctuary (lots of elephants...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 20, 2018

We had such a great time to do activity with my family. The staff were friendly and profession the place atmosphere. We arrived at Elephant village by ourself I chose the one day mahout experience for 3 of us. the food for lunch were tasty....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 18, 2018

We negotiated an incredibly reasonable price with a local took took driver from the town center and drove about 20 minutes to the sanctuary. We were greeted by a lovely Lao lady who led us up to where the elephants were being fed (it was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

It was more a coincidence we heard about this compagny, because we weren't planning on doing such a trip. After the reviews we felt secure enough to have it a go. Joy was our guide and het really o. Honored his name. We had a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank 2018Tessa
Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Went with a large group of friends for swimming and lunch. Briefly visited the elephants and then had an incredible multi-course meal. The pool is well maintained. The views are awesome. Will definitely come back.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank LSeemore
Reviewed June 25, 2018

A highlight of our trip. Knowing what we know now, we would have found a way to do more at the Elephant Village. We did a half day and loved everything about our experience. They do have places that look amazing where you can stay...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lynnblom
Reviewed June 7, 2018

This is an excellent place to have an opportunity to pet or feed an elephant. These gentle giants are well cared for and fed which makes one feel happy for them.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Tim R
Reviewed May 25, 2018

Let me say that we LOVE Elephants. There is no way that we would visit let alone ride an elephant if we thought it was doing harm or the place was not looking after their elephants. I can not say enough about our 2 day...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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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
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December 18, 2017|
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Response from Elephant V | Property representative |
yes it is.