INSIDE THE HEARTS OF ELEPHANTS

Full Day Excursion (4-People Max)

This exceptional and highly personalized full-day expedition begins with the Therapeutic Trek described above with the addition of another half-day of incredible Lao experiences. The Inside the Hearts of Elephants tour ensures you have both the time and proximity to deeply connect and interact with your own special elephant. After you enjoy a fresh, traditional Lao lunch in the jungle, you will start off on a walk to a seldom-seen and hidden gem of a waterfall, where you can wade, meditate, or stand under its softly flowing showers.

You will end this full and deeply satisfying day by escorting your elephant companions to their feeding grounds before honoring them with your friendship and bidding them farewell until you meet again!

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ITINERARY

Includes : Lunch, transport, snacks (for you and the elephants), and drinks.
Prices : $150 USD per person. *private tours available
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1 – TREK

You and your elephant companions will walk past a lovely stretch of rice fields and enter a patch of forest where you can rest, relax, and eat. Lunch will be served in traditional Lao fashion, eating on bamboo mats on the forest floor.

2 – THE WATERFALL

Tad Kuang Song Waterfall was named after a Golden Deer spirit seen standing on its crest many centuries ago. If you like, you can take a cool dip, wade, stand under the soft showers of the waterfall, and spend time meditating and admiring the private beauty of this rarely seen natural treasure.

3 – KHMU VILLAGE

While the elephants take their time to eat their lunch, you have the chance to visit a small Khmu village and experience one of the many different ethnic groups living in Laos. The Khmu have a different language and religious beliefs than other Lao people. They will offer you a warm welcome and will proudly offer to sell you their traditional handmade crafts.

4 – THE WALK HOME

After the elephants have eaten and are full (for a moment at least), you and the mahouts will walk with them to their nighttime feeding grounds.Take time for a long goodbye and know that the connection you have built is not only felt by you, but by your new friends as well.

5 – CONTEMPLATION

Enjoy a few moments to think about your experiences from the day as you look out at the vast Luang Prabang mountain range from the terrace at MandaLao. We will then drive you back to town. Arrive approximately 4:00pm.

What to bring?

Following elephants through the jungle can be a messy endeavor. We recommend wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Please bring a bathing suit if you would like to swim at the waterfall on our full day tour. We provide optional footwear (rubber shoes/knee-high boots) for guests that are designed specifically for muddy and slippery conditions; ponchos and umbrellas are available; and water, sunscreen and bug spray.