TOURCODE 44458 (SHL-2) Description
Get out of town for some jungle exploration and luxury ‘camping’ on this two-day tour featuring an immersion into the lives of mahouts. Ride an elephant, cool off at the falls, and relax at night in a tent under the stars.
Prices start at $ 409
Day 01 Get out of town
We’ll pick you up in Luang Prabang and drive you to the Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp, 15 km outside of town, where you adventure will begin with a 5 km elephant ride through forests and over hills to the hidden Huay Sae Valley – in the same way Dr. Neis did over a century ago.
After reaching the protected valley, you’ll leave the elephants and enjoy a luxury lunch of traditional Lao food with wine by a secluded waterfall. Depending on the water level you may swim in the cool, natural pools before continuing with a 5 km trek on foot. The adventurous trail crosses bamboo bridges and passes waterfalls with blue pools and dense jungle.
Down at the Nam Khan River, a luxury bamboo raft is waiting your arrival to take you back to the elephant camp. You’ll float slowly downstream on this relaxing 5 km journey and enjoy a coffee as you relax and watch the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen along the river. Or take the option of a 30 minute visit to the beautiful Tad Sae Waterfall.
In the late afternoon you’ll arrive at the camp where your luxury tent is ready for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at the jacuzzi swimming pool or go for a walk with your guide to visit a local village.
In the evening a delicious barbecue dinner will be served under the starry sky.
Day 02 Mahout training
You’ll start with breakfast on the riverside while the sun slowly rises over the mountains. The remote villages are springing to life as you watch the villagers put small boats into the river, tend to their fields, take their children to school or wash their clothes in the river. After breakfast your guide will introduce you to your elephant and it’s time for your Mahout training. Bond with her as you receive your basic training to be a mahout. With real hands-on experience you may climb onto your elephant and control her riding bareback on her neck.
After your mahout training you will ride your elephant bareback to the river where you bathe her and guide her through the river back to camp.
Back at the camp, help your mahout to put on the howdah seat on your elephant, before saying good-bye and thank you by offering her some delicious bananas. Your guide will also teach you more about the relationship between mahouts and elephants.
At 11:30am it is time to check out of your luxury tent.
Enjoy your lunch by the riverside or on the deck of the jacuzzi swimming pool.
In the afternoon, you may stroll through the nearby village and visit the small temple with your guide. Experience the local lifestyle in the remote village and learn about the ethnic groups of Laos.
4:30 – 5:00 pm leave the camp and return by VIP van to Luang Prabang city where your guide will drop you off at your hotel (30 – 45 minute travel time).
Notes: schedules and itineraries are approximate and subject to change due to seasonal conditions in the jungle and at the camp. Elephant Village reserves the right to break larger groups into smaller groups and/or operate tour activities in a different order than published above.
Included Travel Services
Day 1 Services Included:
- Roundtrip VIP van transfer from your hotel to our elephant camp
- English speaking guide
- Camp introduction with discussion about elephants, elephant feeding
- 5 km elephant ride in Howdah seat with roof
- 5 km trekking on foot
- 5 km bamboo raft + an optional 30 min stop Tad Sae Waterfall
- All meals (lunch with wine, coffee break, dinner)
- Drinking water and welcome drink
- Accommodation in a luxury Shangri-Lao tent with a king sized bed
Day 2 Services Included:
- VIP Minibus transfer
- English speaking guide
- Elephant bathing
- Mahout training with one elephant for 2 people
- detailed background information about elephants and mahouts
- extra time to feed your elephant
- learn how to put the howdah seat on your elephant
- learn and practice how to get on and off of your elephant
- practice riding and controlling your elephant bareback on her neck
- Local village visit
- All meals (breakfast, lunch)
- Drinking water
Not Included Travel Services
- Specialty Drinks