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Living as a Mahout

Duration: 1.5 days - Location: Luang Prabang

It's a simple life close to the elephants and close to nature. The day of a mahout is scheduled to fit the needs of the elephants and this tour offers you the unique chance to follow this natural rhythm. 

You will have the chance to ride the elephants from perched atop their shouilders while learn some specific methods of controlling the animals.  You will also feed them, bring them to the jungle and learn how to clean and wash these massive animals.

 A night close to nature and our Lao food will prepare you for the next day. An early start in the morning will bring you back to the elephants for a bath in the river.

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Example Itinerary - please note that you are working with elephants and timeframes are just approximate.

Day 1

08:30 Departure from hotel / Guesthouse in Luang Prabang town
10:45 Arrive at the Elephant Village
11:00 Trekking through Jungle by sitting on elephant howdah.
12:00 Come back to Elephant Village for buffet lunch
13:00 Introducing elephant and mahout, interaction time
13:15 Ride elephant to jungle and overnight place
14:30 Take relaxation with shower and free time. Optional visit  to Tad Sae waterfall.
18:30 Set menu for dinner

 Day 2
07:00 Walk to bring elephant from jungle.
07:45 Bath to elephant in the river.
08:45 Breakfast.
10:00 Drive back to Luang Praban

Additional maps

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Living as a Mahout in Luang Prabang

Participant Guidelines

NOTE: we are working with animals and in nature, time changes may occur at any time. (Bring shoes that can get wet!!) The waterfall though is dry during February-August! Elephant rides can take different routes through rivers and village in the dry season.

Other Disclosures

Elephant Living like Mahout program Includes:

  • Private transfers from/to project area
  • Boat transfers on Nam Khan river
  • Entrance fees for project
  • All meals and drinking water on your tour
  • Overnight in DBL or TWN Room in the Elephant Lodge
  • English speaking guide/supervisor
  • Interaction with our Lao Mahouts & Elephants
  • Waterfall visit (waterfall dry during Feb.-July)
  • Elephant riding in the Elephant Park area
  • Instructions about the Elephants and working as a Mahout
  • Learning some training and controlling skills with Elephant
  • Elephant Village Park Project contribution payments
  • Choice of a guided Trekking/Kayaking on 2nd day

 Elephant program does not include:

  • Medical and Travel Insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks, tips

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations 31 days or more before check in, a full refund shall be issued.

For cancellations 30 days or less before check in, no refund can be issued.

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Pickup info:

Guests will be collected from their hotel at a pre-arranged time.