Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between tours ?
New Beginnings "The Baby Tour:"
This is a half-day tour. You'll be picked up at your hotel at 7:45 and dropped back off around 12:30 pm. The group size is very small, ensuring a very intimate experience - only four people. You will spend this time bathing and walking with two adult elephants and our two-year old baby, Kit. The trek is 2.5 kilometers roundtrip. A delicious lunch is included. This is one of our most popular tours - so you are encouraged to book as early as possible.
Into the Wild
This is a half-day tour. Pickup time is 9:15 am, at your hotel, and drop-off is around 2:15 pm. The tour is limited to six people. You will spend around 3 hours walking in the jungle alongside two adult elephants. This tour is approximately 4 kilometers roundtrip. Lunch follows at MandaLao. This tour is for those looking for a healthy dose of exercise.
This is a half-day tour and a much easier trek then the "Into the Wild." Pickup time will either be 8:30 am or 9:15 am, depending on availability, drop off is around 1:15 pm or 1:45 pm. The tour is limited to eight people, and the two enchanting elephants who you will be joining on their walk. This tour is 2.5 kilometers roundtrip and takes you through the jungle and local Lao rice fields. You'll wrap up your tour with a Lao lunch at MandaLao.
In the Heart of Elephants:
This is our full-day excursion. You will be picked up at 8:30 am or 9:15 am, depending on availability, and dropped off around 3:45 pm or 4:30 pm. This tour may go out together with the half-day "Therapeutic Trek," In such cases the group size will be up to 8 people for the first half of the day. Then, the “Therapeutic Trek” guests head back to MandaLao and a maximum of only four people will continue for the second half of the day. You will spend your day trekking (5 kilometers round trip) with two adult elephants through the jungle. Lunch will be served Lao style in the forest just before visiting the beautiful Tad Kuang Song waterfall.
Our very newest addition, this is a half-day afternoon program. Pickup time is12:30 pm - or you can arrange to add this on to one of our other half-day tours. This trek is limited to six people. The focus of this tour is to trek through the jungle and find and observe the elephants in their most natural state - in the wild - wandering to and from as they wish. Trip duration and length is dependent on where the elephants may be feeding that day, but you can expect to hike 5 to 7 kilometers roundtrip and then return to your hotel around 5:00pm. This can be a demanding hike.