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Living as a Mahout - Luang Prabang

CODE: LAO-05-7 DURATION:5 Days / 4 Nights
TRAVEL TYPE: ADVENTURE  
TRIP ROUTE: Luang Prabang

Living as a mahout offers you a unique experience by sharing your time with the elephant in the most romantic area of Luang Prabang. Enjoy living in the elephant village and riding your elephant into the beautiful jungle trails. Nurture your elephant with its food and bath it in the unspoiled river in the morning mist. You will also experience either trekking into the mountain village or kayaking in the river. Explore Luang Prabang in a stylish way with biking tour.

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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang
Elephant Bathing
Kuangsi Waterfall

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 LUANG PRABANG - ARRIVAL

Meet upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel. Luang Prabang, designated as the World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1995, is the most charming city in Laos and perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. As an ancient capital of Lanexang or the Land of Million Elephants, Luang Prabang serves a stronghold of Lao cultures with a great sense of timelessness. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.

DAY 2 LUANG PRABANG HALF DAY BIKING TOUR (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning explore the back roads of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will see parts of Luang Prabang only very few visitors see. The half day bike trip will brings you to interesting non-touristy places in the valley of Luang Prabang. On the way, you will experience the daily life of the local people, explained by our professional guide. You will visit some handicraft villages such as a blacksmith and a Saa paper village; a local market where you can explore the local food; a temple ruin which has been destroyed during a war period; a cremation ground; and an orphanage school with 400 children.
You will be met at the hotel at 08.30 and you can expect to be back around 13.30.

Good quality mountain bikes, a helmet and drinking water is provided. The trails are mostly flat and about 30% unpaved. Remaining of the afternoon is free at leisure. Accommodation at hotel in Luang Prabang.

DAY 3 LUANG PRABANG MAHOUT EXPERIENCE (B/L/D)

This "living like a Mahout" program is unique in Laos and offers you a very exceptional experience with the protected Elephants in the Elephant Village in Luang Prabang. Follow the day with the Elephant Mahout (Elephant keeper) and learn about their life in the project area. You can experience Elephant bathing, riding, feeding and sharing time with Elephants... in the most beautiful area around Luang Prabang.

08:30 Pick up from hotel in Luang Prabang, and drive to the Elephant Village, outside of Luang Prabang. Start trekking through Jungle by sitting on elephant howdah/chair. Return back to Elephant Village for buffet lunch.

Introducing elephant and mahout, interaction time to learn more about Elephants. Then enjoy again the ride elephant to jungle and to overnight place.

Afterwards, take relaxation with shower and free time. Dinner and accommodation at Lao Spirit Resort.

DAY 4 ELEPHANT BATHING LUANG PRABANG (B/L/-)

Early morning walk to bring elephant back from the jungle. Then, bath the elephant in the river. Afterwards, return to the lodge for breakfast.

After breakfast prepare for your return with further activities depending on your booking. (This package include either a village and mountain Trek or Kayak tour back to Luang Prabang)

Arrive back to Luang Prabang. Accommodation at hotel in Luang Prabang.

DAY 5 LUANG PRABANG KUANGSI WATERFALL - DEPARTURE (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit the local fresh morning market. Departure by road to the Kuangsi Waterfalls. The waterfalls tumble over multi tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools ideal for swimming and relaxing. On the way to the waterfalls, visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene. Take a short walk around the village for a glimpse of their lifestyle. Picnic lunch nearby the waterfalls.

Return to Luang Prabang and transfer to airport for departure flight.

Note: This program can easily be connected with Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.


Prices

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for Standard Category
from 690 USD to 580 USD per Person*
(*minimum 2 person)

 
Category Period 2 Pax 3-6 Pax Supp. Single
Standard 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 580 518 157
Standard 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 568 503 140
Standard 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 580 518 157
First 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 644 579 237
First 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 615 550 207
First 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 644 579 237
Superior 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 804 742 433
Superior 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 760 743 386
Superior 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 804 742 433

Note:

  • Rates are quoted in U.S. DOLLARS
  • Except 24 Dec, 31 Dec  and 12 17 Apr ; Compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges by hotels during the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.
 
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Fast Fact at Laos

  • The People's Democratic Republic of Lao is located in the centre of Indochina, sharing borders with China to the north, Myanmar to the north-west, Thailand to the west, Cambodia to the south, and Vietnam to the east.
  • Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons - the rainy season from the beginning of May to the end of September and dry season from October through to April.
  • Lao language is the national language. Other languages used are French, English, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.
  • The Kip is the official currency of Laos.
  • The majority of Lao people are Buddhists.
  • When entering a Wat (Temple) or a private home it is customary to remove one's shoes.
  • In traditional homes one sits on low seats or cushions on the floor. Upon entering guests may be served fruit or tea. These gestures of hospitality should not be refused.
  • The head is considered the most sacred part of the body and the soles of the feet the least, one should not touch a person's head nor use one's foot to point at a person or any object.
  • Men and women rarely show affection in public.
  • Women are forbidden to touch a Buddhist monk.

 

 
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