MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary

There are a number of elephant sanctuaries within reach of Luang Prabang, but the MandaLao Elephant Sancturay, opened in September 2016, is one of our favourites. There is no riding allowed here, and the sanctuary instead places the emphasis on protecting and educating about these gentle giants. 

After an early breakfast you will be met by a specialist guide and transferred to a beautiful elephant oasis just 40 minutes outside of Luang Prabang. On the journey the guide will give you a brief introduction to himself and the conservation project. On arrival, you will meet with one of the directors of the Elephant Sanctuary who will provide you with some more information and some fascinating stories about the elephants and their refuge. Learn the challenges they’ve faced and how they are learning to improve the situation one elephant at a time. Jump on a boat to cross the river, where you will be met by 2 adults and a baby Asian elephant! Your guide and the mahouts will help you feed and later bathe these majestic creatures in the river. Next, follow the elephants on a 1-hour trek through rice paddies and meandering creeks during which you will witness the unique bond between the mahouts and their elephants while the guide explains more about the incredible history that Laos has with the elephant. After saying goodbye to your pachyderm friends, you’ll head back to camp where a tasty lunch of local specialties awaits you. After lunch overlooking the Nam Khan River, it is time to transfer back to your hotel in Luang Prabang.

For a first-hand account of a day at the MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary please read this blog post.

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