Tiger Trail - We are Laos

1 Day | Venture into the Nam Khan River Valley


TOURCODE 15768 (EK-1) Description

This is a highly-praised daytrip from Luang Prabang, especially for travelers wanting to see the Lao countryside from a different perspective. The (non-riding) elephant camp visit includes learning experiences and an exciting elephant ride. The visit of the Tad Sae Waterfall (seasonal) and the refreshing kayaking tour on the Nam Khan river are great highlights of the day.

Join-in tours starting from $ 117.00


Day 01 1 day, One on one with an elephant and paddle a kayak (L)

High water season, August to October

You’ll meet early and drive 30 minutes outside Luang Prabang to the elephant camp on the banks of the Nam Khan River. There, you’ll learn about Asian elephants in the magnificent Nam Khan River Valley. Spend some intimate one-on-one time with an elephant. During this time, you can observe the elephant, feed it and learn to communicate with it for the most intimate elephant experience in Laos. Then you’ll enjoy a 15 minute boat ride to the Tad Sae Waterfall (seasonal) for swimming in the refreshing waters and exploring the surrounding jungle. Water conditions vary, from strong impressive currents during the height of the rainy season to inviting crystal-clear pools after the rainy season. We’ll have lunch at the waterfall before return by boat to our Tiger Trail Adventure Camp to prepare our kayaks.

The kayaking is a beautiful stretch 20 km (12mi) easy-to-medium trip normally taking 3-4 hours, suitable for beginners. The scenery is stunning jungle and agricultural land with local villagers fishing and making their living the length of the river.  We’ll kayak to just outside the city and return by vehicle to Luang Prabang city.

Low water season, March to August:

During the low-water season, the elephant experience and kayaking itinerary is similar with the exception that we will not visit the Tad Sae Waterfall if it is too low or dry.  Instead, the river is low and exposes white sand beaches and riverbanks where we can stop for photo ops, river-jumping from trees, and to visit Henri Mahout’s resting site in the jungle a short walk from the river.

Kayaking ends at Geng Noun just below the local Ban Noun village and is about 11 km (7 mi) easy kayaking with some rapids, normally taking about 3 hours with breaks included.


Included Travel Services

  • English speaking guide
  • Elephant Experience
  • Kayaking and gear rental (paddle, helmet, life jacket)
  • Set lunch and fruit
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance fees
  • All permissions and taxes

Not Included Travel Services

  • Tips
  • Specialty drinks
  • Elephant bathing

Our statement on elephants in tourism.



- Tiger Trail tours are available every day -


Accessibility: Our trips are generally unsuitable for people with reduced mobility and other disabilities. Please contact us to discuss if this trip is suitable for your specific requirements.


Join-in Tour

Join In tour, per person price

01.01.2019Tuesday, 1. January 2019 - Wednesday, 31. December 2025
Continuous Date

117.00 USD


Private Tour: Prices available upon request, please indicate group size

Private Tour

01.01.2019Tuesday, 1. January 2019 - Wednesday, 31. December 2025
Continuous Date


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