Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary

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Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary

Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
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Ariana Luminari
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We loved the Elephant Sanctuary!
Jul 2020
My husband and I had an incredible time visiting the elephants sanctuary. Set in a beautiful environment surrounded by nature and the beautiful mountains; we enjoyed feeding the elephants and even took a mud bath with them. It may have been the most fun I’ve ever had. The elephants have wonderful personalities and are a delight to hang out with. I highly recommend this experience, and I am so grateful to have found a place that treats their elephants so well, with the respect they deserve.
Written July 14, 2020
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Aeneas21
Washington5 contributions
Incredible elephant sanctuary
Jul 2020 • Couples
We drove up from Vientiane for the day specifically to see the elephants here and it was well worth the trip! The three female elephants were gorgeous and it was incredible. To connect with such majestic animals in a place where they are treated with care and respect is something you will not find at most places with elephants. There are less elephants in Laos every year, so it is important to support places like this, so they can save and care for as many elephants as possible.
Written July 14, 2020
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Coralie C
4 contributions
Amazing
Feb 2020 • Friends
It was an amazing experience! Le staff takes great care of the elephants and for the visitor. They give a lot of information. The visit was made at the rythm of the animal.
Written February 27, 2020
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Matthew H
Meopham, UK12 contributions
“Elephant First, not human first”- Top thing to do in VangVieng!!!
Feb 2020 • Couples
My partner and I travelled to Vang Vieng February 2020 and we were looking at what we could do. I would point now out that we have no interest in the ridiculous elephant experiences you can find throughout Asia where you turn up to a camp of overworked, often abused animals just to ride on their backs until the next person and consider it cool, we just wanted to see wild animals in a free open space enjoying their lives and have nothing but appreciation for them as they are.

There is still a bit of a party scene there in Vang Vieng and we wanted to have some quieter and let’s say more traditional Laos focused experiences, we saw the office for the Elephant sanctuary late one night and were intrigued, I googled it that night and immediately it caught my attention and we wanted to check it out. At around $67 per person I thought it was worth having a look as in Canada or Europe you pay a ton more than that for some cheap, tourist filled zoo just to see sad caged animals so I looked at the opening time and planned to go early to enquire. We were leaving on a bus at 4pm the next day so we only had the morning to do it. I saw they ran morning and evening tours which was perfect for us if we got a morning tour, to our initial disappointment the morning tour was fully booked with 8 guests (something else’s I also liked, smaller intimate groups) but after the owner of the business, an awesome guy who calls himself ‘Mr Go’ could see how sad we were and could see we just wanted to have a real and genuine experience with these beautiful wild animals he graciously allowed us to come along as an extra two!

We paid up, hopped on the bus and headed there and from there it was just amazing. Mr Go had us take a seat and read some information on Asian elephants, including how they care for them and their lifestyles, dos and don’t dos etc which was great. He then proceeded with my favourite quote of the day “Elephant first, not human first” and went on to tell us that we are there to observe and to be a part of their day if they choose, if the elephants want to be around us then great, if not we do not make them do anything. Of course we all got given bags of fresh local bananas and after walking into the woods for 10 minutes or so we found the two females and they were happily smelling our bags of fruit. We fed them there *side note - we all washed the sunscreen and bug repellant off as the elephants do not like it, that is how seriously this guy cares about the elephants*

After feeding we walked with them to the water where we helped to bath and wash the mud off, to which they immediately threw on more because they use it like a t shirt against the sun which was great and then we went back to the initial camp with them, one elephant lost part of her foot on a land mine so Mr Go had to apply some medicine to her foot while we were feeding her at the camp.

They had two more elephants, a male and female but they were in mating season so we did not disturb them which I was also happy about, it is really shows ‘Elephant first’ to me. After this feeding them again and medicine was applied we had some delicious lunch and finally headed home.

Another important note is Mr Go went on to assure us that ALL the money is invested into the elephants, he rents the elephants from another person to prevent them from being over worked, he rents the huge amount of land they live on so they have space to roam, he buys all the foods and medicine they need, he is saving up to buy the elephants, he is saving up to buy more land for more elephants so they can all live free and happy. I would urge everyone who cares about the treatment of animals to visit this place and spend your money here so this guy can carry on making a huge positive impact on these animals lives.

Trip cost -$67 p/p
Trip duration 8am to 12pm
Written February 27, 2020
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KimG
Amsterdam, The Netherlands7 contributions
Incredible experience
Feb 2020
This experience takes you 45mn away from Vang Vieng near the Nam Ngum reservoir. The owner first explains about the elephant situation in Laos and about his project. You can then feed the elephants pineapple, walk with them, and put mud on them. It is a very fun and lovely experience, we enjoyed very much the half day tour. 100% recommended.
Written February 23, 2020
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robjar
London, UK163 contributions
Up close and personal elephant experience
Feb 2020 • Solo
Pick up from hotel and then good explanation about what will happen. Then you meet and feed the elephants. Then the elephants get into water and you join them. You splash them they spray water back. Great day thoroughly recommend.
Written February 19, 2020
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Robert
2 contributions
Really dedicated to the welfare of elephants
Feb 2020
Very dedicated young team, worthy of support. We were there for only a half day and it was a fulfilling experience. Bathing with the elephants was particularly interesting. Don't bring white clothes, they would be red afterwards because of the mud.
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Written February 15, 2020
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georginahaney
Brunswick East, Australia52 contributions
Perfect chance to hang out with elephants
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you get the chance, don’t miss this! We did the half day morning and it was so lovely. Everyone should experience this and put their money into something good. Loved it!!
Written February 13, 2020
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Kim M
12 contributions
Wow! Experience of a lifetime!
Jan 2020 • Couples
We did the half day experience. It was the best thing EVER! We got to feed the elephants, watch them play in a mud bath and then we got to help scrub and clean them off in the water. The elephants were clearly having fun and the handlers were all amazing with the elephants. The highlight was being allowed to get in the water with the elephants and help the handlers scrub off all the mud that the elephants had so joyously rolled in. This was the experience of a lifetime! So cheap considering the cost of animal upkeep! Everyone should do this trip!
Written February 7, 2020
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Daniel O
7 contributions
Brilliant Tour
Jan 2020 • Couples
Family run business which has the best interests of the elephants at heart. The people are genuine and passionate and the tour exceeded our expectations.
We booked a half day tour but there was no official end time, it was very relaxed.
Very good value for money.
Would recommend.
Written January 17, 2020
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