ABOUT MANDALAO

OUR MISSION

To demonstrate respect for and understanding of elephants by providing our guests a wholly educational and interactive experience.

OUR GOAL

To help visitors connect with elephants in the most natural way possible in elephant tourism today. It is our hope that this knowledge will spread, promoting increasingly humane and ethical treatment of elephants across Laos and beyond its borders.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT

We preserve and protect both captive elephants and those who remain in the wild. We do this through responsible tourism, education, and sustainable relationships with the local community.

MEET THE ELEPHANTS AND JOIN US FOR A TOUR!

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

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 walking with two adult elephants. 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.

THERAPEUTIC TREK

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.

INSIDE 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.

CUSTOM/ PRIVATE TOURS

MandaLao would love to help make your travels unforgettable. If you are traveling with a big group or looking for a place to host an event, MandaLao is happy to help. We also offer private behind the scenes tours with one of the owners if you are looking for our most comprehensive and unique experience.

We are located approximately 20 kilometers from Luang Prabang city center. The drive takes about 30 minutes.

Our “Into the Wild” and “Free Walk” tours require guests to be in excellent shape. While the rest of our tours are moderately difficult, with little to no elevation gain, it can still be tiring walking in the heat. The trails can be very muddy and slippery, especially during the rainy season (June-September)