The elephant ‘village’ on the banks of the Nam Khan River in Luang Prabang provides an excellent opportunity to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Fully approved by the Laos government the camp has rescued many elephants from horrific working conditions and provides shelter, food and veterinary care. When deemed too old to work in the tough logging camps, many of these animals were abandoned. The camp rescues them and in addition supports local people.
This is a truly excellent project. Many people coming to Southeast Asia are rightly worried about animals like elephants being held in captivity. Here the alternatives for these wonderful animals is too terrible to contemplate. Forced to “work” in City centres many were badly treated and in extremely poor health. It is estimated that only 1600 elephants remain in Laos. Not a large number for a country that used to be called “The Land of a Million Elephants”.
The camp provides an opportunity for tourists to get in touch with these magnificent beasts. You can book an elephant for half a day or three full days. Ride them through their natural habitat and even join them in the river when they bathe. The mahouts will even train you into caring for and riding their charges.
This really is a rare opportunity. The camp is set in stunning scenery and the elephants enjoy a life as close to nature as it is possible to provide. The staff here are caring professionals, dedicated to providing a dignified existence for the animals that they dearly love.