Laos, a peaceful land-locked nation, is one of Southeast Asia’s hidden gems and is also known as the “Land of a Million Elephants”. The 2-night package is great for those who want to learn and spend time with these magnificent creatures. The highlight of the journey is to experience being a Mahout and get to know how elephants and humans can communicate with one another – once this connection is made it’s almost impossible not to empathize with these giant beasts, our own emotions reflected clearly in their behavior; a life-changing experience with animals that at first appear vastly different.
DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG-MAHOUT EXPERIENCE (L/D)
Known as the “Land of a Million Elephants”, Laos once attracted a large population of elephants for its large grazing pastures. However today, there are only about 700 elephants left in the wild.
Today, meet with your guide in downtown Luang Prabang and depart for a short drive to an elephant sanctuary set amid the jungle, cliffs, and waterfalls. The mission of this center is to ensure the support and survival of elephants living in harmony with nature and the community. Upon arrival, meet the camp staff and participate in a short briefing about the elephants and their life in the camp before seeing the elephants up close during feeding time. Have a short walk to the Elephant Hospital to meet and talk with an elephant doctor and learn about the daily checkups to keep the elephants healthy. It is also the perfect time to ask any questions you have about the biology of elephants. Continue to the Museum and Gallery and begin to understand the suffering that elephants are subjected to in Laos before moving on to see how paper is made from elephant dung.
Experience being a mahout through some basic training, you will learn how to command elephants using the local language. Take a traditional Lao long-tail boat upriver through stunning scenery surrounded by limestone cascades to visit the beautiful Tad Sae Waterfall. This afternoon, enjoy a unique walk with your elephant to a seldom-visited jungle where she gets retired during the evening.
In the late afternoon, check into your comfortable tent and spend the rest of the day is free at leisure or enjoy a walk to explore the nearby local villager. Enjoy a tasty dinner, served under a starry sky.
DAY 2: RETURN TO LUANG PRABANG (B)
Awake early this morning, you will have a chance to observe the tranquil and beautiful Lao jungle. Meet the elephants down at the river bank to join their daily bath. Watch the elephants’ daily bath and learn more about the giant guests’ playful characters. Elephants are surprisingly good swimmers and love water. They also use bath time to socialize and strengthen ties in the herd.
Enjoy the breakfast in a peaceful atmosphere before bidding giant beasts a bittersweet farewell.
Notes: Join-in package with a maximum capacity of 12pax