We booked the one day mahout training through the office in Luang Prabang, service at the office was decent. On the day we were with only four people, which may have contributed to us having enough time with the elephants. We absolutely loved the whole day, which consisted of an elephant ride along the forest, a individual training, bathing with the elephants and going to the waterfalls. We got the feeling that the animals were well taken care off and they seemed very relaxed. For example: the Mahouts were very active at keeping bugs away from the elephants and when finished the elephants were free to walk away but decided to stay with us for a while.
We read reviews about money begin stolen, we did not count the money in our bags afterwords but this would very well be possible as they insist you leave your bags with the staff. Therefore we would recommend not taking much (there is nothing good to buy anyways except maybe a coke at lunch). We did give our expensive camera's to the staff to take pictures with, which they did very well. Overall we would recommend elephant village.
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