Ethical Elephant Trek

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed/Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning

tour highlights

  • Get up close and personal with the revered Asian elephant, observe them bathing in the river and trekking through the jungle
  • Support the ethical treatment of elephants while also experiencing the lush Lao countryside
  • Enjoy an organic lunch of delicious Lao cuisine

tour details

Laos is the “Land of a Million Elephants”, and this tour is your chance to connect with and learn about these animals. Please note that this is a non-riding experience. During the day, under the guidance of the team at MandaLao, you will learn about the Asian elephant and understand how you can contribute to an animal’s welfare and to the conservation of this species.

A half-day tour allowing you to experience the hidden beauty of the Laos jungle with expert guides who introduce you to the ways in which elephants and humans communicate with each other.

tour description

At 8:30 hours depart Luang Prabang. Tour guides will pick up clients from hotels or guesthouses. Arrive at MandaLao. Mandalao provides, “An intimate non-riding experience focused on education and elephant welfare”. Over coffee and tea, the expert guides and Mahouts at MandaLao will provide you with an in-depth introduction into elephant behaviour and communication.
Cross the Nam Khan River for your first introduction to elephants. You will have some tasty treats for the elephants to enjoy. Enjoy observing the bathing, playing and swimming experience with the elephants. Note in cold weather the elephants are less likely to want to get wet. Begin your trek and pass the beautiful Lao gardens before exploring the jungle-covered Huay Nok stream. You will walk alongside the elephants allowing you to gain insights, respect and understandings about these amazing animals. After some final treats for the elephants say goodbye and begin your trek back to MandaLao. For lunch enjoy traditional Lao cuisine made primarily from our own organic produce. Relax and reflect on your experience whilst enjoying the view of the verdant and misty mountains. After lunch leave for Luang Prabang. Drop off at your hotel or guesthouse approximately 13:30 hours.


  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Bathing with elephants
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Fresh lunch, coffee, tea, drinking water and snacks
  • Government Local tax
  • In-depth introduction to elephants
  • Trekking with elephants
  • Roundtrip transport


  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenditure
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Surcharges for other language guides

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