Who We Are
A non-riding elephant experience focused on education and animal welfare
Few people have as deep an affinity for elephants as Prasop Tipprasert. After working with them for over three decades - as co-founder and director of the Thai Elephant Conservation Center and extensive work with the National Park Service - his knowledge of both captive and wild elephants is profound.
A pioneer and originator of Positive Reinforcement Training, Prasop has joined us at MandaLao to continue to refine this training and share his understanding of the human and elephant connection with others. Along with training our elephants, mahouts and guides he focuses on interacting with guests. It is as much a treat to hear him tell stories from decades past as it is to gain rare insight into elephants’ emotions and behaviors.
After growing up farming in southern Lao, Nouanta, or “Tata” has worked and lived in all parts this country. Before joining us at MandaLao, Tata ran a highly regarded resort in northern Lao. He is an intuitive and skilled traditional/non-traditional Lao chef, recognized throughout the region for his culinary skill. Caring and warm, you’ll undoubtedly recognize him immediately by his welcoming smile.