THE TOUR EXPERIENCE

Learn how to Become an Elephant Whisperer

WHERE IT BEGINS

Our tours leave Luang Prabang every morning for the 30-minute drive to the MandaLao restaurant on the beautiful banks of the Nam Khan river. Read below to see where the adventure leads from there.

WHEN IT BEGINS

We offer a variety of tours ranging from a few hours to full day experiences. Click on the links bellow to find the perfect option for you.

CLICK BELOW TO EXPLORE OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • 1 THERAPEUTIC TREK (Morning Half Day)

    Communicating With Elephants

    Explore the mysterious beauty of the Lao jungle with our recently rescued elephants as your companions. This journey is a perfect way for these happy elephants to enjoy a walk in their natural habitat after decades of hard labor in logging camps. It also offers you a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn from and absorb their calming energy.

    MandaLao’s guides and mahouts will teach you how to understand the ways in which elephants and humans communicate with one another. Once this connection is made it’s almost impossible not see many of our own emotions in them—a life-changing experience with animals so seemingly different than us.

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  • 2 INSIDE THE HEARTS OF ELEPHANTS (Full Day Tour)

    A Day of Sharing

    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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  • 3 NEW BEGINNINGS (Morning Half Day)

    A Baby Elephant Excursion

    Embark on a once in a lifetime experience and the only one of its kind in Laos. After coming to us from a logging camp in western Laos, our 10-month old baby elephant nicknamed “Kit” has become a key part of our vision for the future. In contrast to traditional training techniques where young elephants are separated from their mothers and broken by abuse and fear, this young one will be trained only with positive reinforcement and care.

    We invite you to participate in this new training process largely pioneered by Prasop Tipprasert in hopes that these techniques will be adopted throughout the region and in other elephant-inhabited countries. You will have an intimate and exclusive opportunity to get to know this baby elephant while hiking up a cool mountain stream in the jungles of Laos. This is a unique chance to participate in something entirely new with a potential to change the future of elephant welfare in Laos and abroad.

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  • 4 INTO THE WILD (Morning Half Day Tour)

    Exploring the Jungle

    Set out in search of the world’s largest living land animal hidden amongst Lao’s diverse and mysterious jungle. After being rescued from logging camps all of our elephants now enjoy peaceful and rest filled lives. Your journey will lead you high up into the hills where the elephants spend a large majority of their time feeding on wild vegetation and relaxing.

    After you’ve located the giants it’s time to convince them (with some extra sweet fruit) to follow you through forest and down to Huay Nok stream for a drink. From there you meander through its cool waters to the banks of the Nam Khan river. Once in the water it’s time to start the bathing process. The only hard part is trying to tell whether it’s the people or elephants that enjoy themselves more. This excursion is perfect for those looking for an amazing elephant adventure combined with a hefty dose of exercise.

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  • 5 COMMUNICATING WITH ELEPHANTS (Afternoon Half Day)

    Bathing with Giants

    Treat yourself by treating elephants. After arriving we will begin with an introduction into elephant behavior, their connections with humans and how we communicate with one another. We will then have the chance to create our own unique treats for them using various healthy and delicious ingredients. These treats help insure a positive first meeting before the bathing begins.

    After introducing yourselves to one another you will walk into the cool waters of the Nam Khan river. Elephants and Mahouts will interact and continue their on-going bonding in the river, while you watch and enjoy the majestic elephants during bath time. The hardest part is trying to tell whether it’s the people or elephants enjoying themselves more.

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