Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort, Luang Prabang

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Nestled near the winding banks of the Nam Khan River, Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort provides a safe haven for the rescued elephants of Laos. The village focuses on the rehabilitation and integration of the elephants, many of whom are victims of severe brutality within the logging trade. Start your visit with an elephant walk, then initiate your self with some simple "mahout" training--learning commands and gestures to communicate with your elephant. Take a rest in leafy surrounds at the Elephant Camp restaurant, then walk down to the river’s edge for elephant bath time, and be prepared to get wet. Contact the village to arrange your full- or half-day experience, which includes transport to and from your hotel. By using our Luang Prabang trip tool, you can arrange your visit to Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort and other attractions in Luang Prabang.
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  • Highly recommend going to the sanctuary. They are so kind to their elephants, treating them like a pet dog. The elephants are well trained and gentle. We rode bareback, which is better for the... 
    Highly recommend going to the sanctuary. They are so kind to their elephants, treating them like a pet dog. The elephants are well trained and gentle. We rode bareback, which is better for the...  more »
  • This place is soooo nice to relax and escape the tourist area of Luang Prabang. We stayed 2 nights at this resort and could have stayed a week. AWESOME view from balcony, REALY beautiful rooms which.....  more
    This place is soooo nice to relax and escape the tourist area of Luang Prabang. We stayed 2 nights at this resort and could have stayed a week. AWESOME view from balcony, REALY beautiful rooms which.....  more »
  • Great visit to this wonderful sanctuary - the tour group couldn’t find my hotel so they sent someone on a motorcycle to find me! Great service. The elephants are wonderful and cared for. Sad to see.....  more
    Great visit to this wonderful sanctuary - the tour group couldn’t find my hotel so they sent someone on a motorcycle to find me! Great service. The elephants are wonderful and cared for. Sad to see.....  more »
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  • Ohh this is nice sir I enjoy every moment and is very beautiful 🥰 nice place bro I love it 🥰
  • One of green tourist sites and a good example of local community-based participatory tourism in this country.
  • In 2016 we went to the Elephant Sanctuary about 15 kilometers from Luang Prabang. We hired a tuk-tuk truck and had a nice ride through serene mountain jungles and small villages. Laos was known as the Land of Elephants. The important word here to remember is WAS, they are now endangered species. Only 1,000 remain and about half those still work in the forest harvesting lumber. Elephants are subjected to harsh work and often mistreated. Logging elephants when they get old are abandoned in the forest with no chance of finding food or water. The Elephant Sanctuary provides a peaceful, protective caring environment and focuses on rehabilitation and every day they are cared for by a vet. You should know that the elephant’s only known predator is man, and the Ringling Brothers Circus and Barnum Bailey. Even a tiger does not stand a chance against an elephant unless it is an infant or sick or injured. As we wandered about the Elephant Sanctuary we watched the elephants take their baths in the river, listened to their trumpet calls and watched them eat their bamboo, twigs, and bark for breakfast. We learned a lot of interesting facts. We were told they eat 300 to 600 pounds of food a day and drink about a bathtub of water. They need to eat that much because their digestive system is poor and everything goes right through them. Jay says “I know how they feel.” The good news is that all that dung is not wasted. It is used to make paper. This is a process where the dung (that does not smell and reported to be 100% bacteria free) is washed, treated and dried to produce paper. It is estimated that one elephant's dung for a day can produce 150 sheets of dung paper. That's much better than the output from the spit from a silkworm.
  • I have book a half day experience with them but I fortunately I was not able anymore to participate. I have contact them for a cancelation / refund. But they didn't want to cancel my booking. They said they will keep a open booking so can rebook it again. But am not going to laos and if I do I don't know if it will be in 5 or 20 years from now. They refuse to follow their own policy and don't answer my email. They have made a decision and that it. No respect and unprofessional.
  • Absolutely stunning visit! We were very cautious because of previous reviews mentioning the elephant riding - but yes, they stopped this in December 2019. No mass tourism, it seemed to us that they took very good care of the elephants and the Mahouks were very respectful of them. The place is outside in the countryside and very peaceful, they offer overnight stays and the private guest houses looked beautiful overlooking the river. Would definitely consider it when going again!

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