Spend a day with the gentle giants of Laos, learn how to be a Mahout and take a splash with your elephant in the Nam Khan River.
Laos is historically known as The Land of a Million Elephants. Once surrounded by large fields filled with wild elephants, they were used to transport the royal family and for military purposes. Today, their population is dwindling due to loss of habitat, and many are made to work in the harsh logging industry.
Elephant Village is a sanctuary for rescued elephants with the goal to protect and rehabilitate these animals through responsible tourism. Our howdah free practice means the elephants would not have painful seats strapped on them. They are cared for within a lush environment with an onsite veterinarian.
Now you can get up close to elephants and learn the basic commands used by Mahouts. You can ride your elephant to the river and give them a bath!
After that, you can take a boat ride to the Tad Sae Waterfall and chill in the water before ending your day.
Mahout Experience: A Day with the Elephants of Laos
• 8:30 am – 9:00 am: Pick up by our English speaking guide from your hotel lobby within Luang Prabang, Laos • Arrival at the Elephant Village Camp: Welcome greeting by your guide and participate in a short briefing about elephants • Receive Bottle: To reduce plastic bottle usage, we give out reusable aluminum water bottles that you will fill up and refill with water and take home with you after the tour • Elephant Feeding: Get up close and personal with elephants • Explore Elephant Village: Visit elephant hospital, museum, photo gallery and dung paper making area • Mahout Training: Receive your basic mahout training on how to control an elephant just like a mahout! • Bareback Elephant Ride: Enjoy the impressive experience of a 1 km bareback elephant ride! One person per elephant • Visit Baby Elephants: Meet our two baby elephants across the river • Lunch: Dine at our Elephant Camp restaurant. Buffet lunch served with coffee / tea and drinking water (vegetarian options available) • Bathe Your Elephant: Take your own elephant down to the Nam Khan River for an exhilarating once in a lifetime bathing experience! • Boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Take a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall and relax, dip your feet or take a swim in the clear, cool water • Depart: Transfer back to your Hotel in Luang Prabang between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm