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Welcome to Luang Prabang Elephant Camp

A Sanctuary for the Asian Elephants and their Mahout

THE

ELEPHANTS

About

  • Lao People and Elephants

    Lao PDR has a rich culture and history in which the Asian Elephant plays a prominent role. Lao people regard the Asian elephant as a symbol of the power and potential of the forest. Statues and carvings of elephants adorn temples and houses throughout the country. The Asian elephant also features in spiritual and cultural ceremonies and festivals held throughout Lao PDR.

    In particular, the ‘Elephant Festival’ is an annual event which draws thousands of national and international visitors. It brings together domestic elephants from five districts in Xayabouly Province. In 2018 there were more than 60 elephants at the festival. The festival aims to raise awareness of Asian elephants, their important role in the history and culture of Laos, and to promote national tourism that can generate income and help conserve domestic elephants.

  • A long history

    For many hundreds of years elephants have helped humans to explore and exploit wild landscapes in Lao PDR. Elephants were extensively used in logging operations to transport cut timber and supplies over terrain that is impassable for vehicles. As new technologies emerge logging elephants are less required for such operations and are increasingly used in the tourism sector.

    Even today elephants in Lao PDR continue to carry travelers through the forests providing a unique vantage point. Researchers, naturalists, and scientists also continue to use the elephant as a means of exploring and carrying equipment. But the wild elephants are now protected, and we assist probably at the last generation of mahouts living all their life with their elephant companion.

  • Asian Elephants

    The elephant is Earth’s largest land animal, although the Asian elephant is slightly smaller than its African cousin. Asian elephants can be identified by their smaller, rounded ears. Elephants live around 60 years.

    Elephant ears radiate heat to help keep these large animals cool, but sometimes that isn’t enough. Elephants are fond of water and enjoy showering after sucking water into their trunks. An elephant’s trunk is actually a long nose with many functions. It is used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things - especially a potential meal. The trunk alone contains about 100,000 different muscles.

  • Elephant life

    A wild elephant lives around 60 years in Laos. Female elephants (cows) live in family herds with their young, but adult males (bulls) tend to roam on their own.

    Having a baby elephant is a serious commitment. Elephants have a longer pregnancy than any other mammal - almost 22 months. Cows usually give birth to one calf every two to four years. At birth, elephants already weigh 100kg and stand about three feet (1 meter) tall.

    Asian elephants have been domesticated for thousands of years. The powerful beasts have been employed to move heavy objects, such as felled trees, to carry humans on their backs, and even to wage war.

  • Unique specie

    Elephants use their tusks to dig for roots and water, strip bark from trees, and even fight each other. Unfortunately their ivory has gotten them into a lot of trouble. Because ivory is so valuable to some humans, many elephants have been killed for their tusks. This trade is illegal today in Laos.

    Elephants eat roots, grasses, fruit, and bark, and they eat a lot of these things. An adult elephant can consume up to 100-150 kg of food in a single day. These hungry animals do not sleep much, and they roam over great distances while foraging for the large quantities of food they require to sustain their massive bodies.

Our

ELEPHANTS

Happy

In Laos, they are our babies, our friends, our companions, our partners, our allies for hundreds of years. Since the government did forbid the logging, elephants and mahouts had to convert to tourism best practice.

Born in 1969 · Kham Mun
Born in 1983 · Kham Onh
Born in 1985 · Kham Mum
Born in 2011 · Baby Elephant


  • Baby Elephant

    & Mr Sitinoth

    Our 2 year old baby does not have a name just yet and will not get her proper name until she is 3 years old. This is a tradition we are following from the owners culture and tradition. At the Elephant camp we have many names for our energetic and crazy baby, but one that sticks is "Sang Noi Kiddu" - Naughty baby Elephant.
    Our calf is totally wild and it is so much fun to watch her playing in the camp. When she does something naughty like stealing a shoe, or stealing Baby Khamvongs food, she rushes of to her 13 Surrogate aunties in the herd and can cause so much Elephant conversation it’s fantastic to watch and listen. Mum, Mae Kham Onh is normally just stood somewhere chilling and eating when there is baby commotion.
    Sang Noi Kiddu enjoys learning from her Mum how to forage in the local forest but never strays too far away from her Mum.
  • Kham Mum

    & Mr Mounsavy

    Kham Mum joined us in 2014. She arrived from a logging Camp and was skin and bones and covered head to toe in open wounds. It was an emotional day when she arrived to the camp. Watching her Eating and taking her first swim for a very long time was just a pleasure to be part of and share with her. It took only a short time to watch what seemed to be a huge deep breathe from Kham Mun and she just relaxed and settled into life here. With the help of the expert vets from Le Elefant Asia The camp team and Mahouts helped bring Kham Mum back to the Giant Beautiful Elephant she was and is again now.
    She is a lot bigger than our other Elephants and we had to raise the sign over our Elephant Camp as our guests would have to limbo out of the camp while enjoying the company of Kham Mum.
    A real gentle Giant!
  • Kham Onh

    & Mr Douangsany

    Mae Kham Onh is our current Mummy of the herd. Sang Noi Kiddu (Naughty baby elephant) is her baby Calf. She came with her calf from a logging camp and enjoys the easier life of relaxing in our forest with her baby.
    She is a loving mother and a very relaxed and chilled out Elephant, even when her daughter is stealing shoes, or trying to jump into fishing boats along the river. A beautiful 27 Year old who is still producing milk and providing love and guidance to her baby.
  • Kham Mun

    & Mr Phoutivong

    Kham Mun is a mature lady coming to us at the age of 45. Kham Mun has had a very troubled past in the logging camps and her many lumps, bumps and scars paint a very sad past. However here at the camp, she enjoys her time in the forest and we rest her as much as possible but when she comes out to meet our lovely visitors, she may start her walk at the back of the herd but lately she seems to be one of the first home, showing that there is still a lot of youthful sprit left in her!
Our

Activities

  • Discovering
    Discovering

    Have a look on the big mamals. They are domesticated, very gentle and delicate friends.
    All day from 9h to 15h


    Visiting & Feeding
    Visiting & Feeding

    You can buy bananas directly exploited in our field, they will see you like nice fellow.
    Offer bananas: 6 USD


    Herbal Massage
    Herbal Massage

    The Elephant Herbal massage & Feeding experience is an unique package :
    1pers: 15 USD


    Bathing
    Bathing

    Come and meet the elephant during one of their pleasures, and wash them with our material.
    1 pers: 16 USD


  • Riding & Feeding
    Riding & Feeding

    Take one hour of trek in a little path in the jungle, the only reel 4x4 in Northern-Laos.
    1 pers: 23 USD


    Training
    Training

    You can learn the principle of the mahout communication to drive yourself the elephant.
    1 pers: 69 USD


    Riding & Bathing
    Riding & Bathing

    Enjoy the best with elephants, finishing the adventure in the Mekong River.
    1pers: 34 USD


    Sponsoring
    Sponsoring

    Your financial contribution is highly welcome to participate to our preservation project
    Feel free to contact us.


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And

SEE ALSO

Around

The Park of Kuang Si Waterfall
The Butterfly Park
The Park of Bears


  • The Park of Kuang Si Waterfall

    5 km from the Elephant Camp

    Close to Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls stands in a huge protected park with exotic and endemic nature that makes it one of the most appreciated “Must-see” attraction in the area.
    The road to the falls winds through hills with spectacular natural views, including terraced rice fields, jungle, deep forest, bamboo forest, robber plantations, which make the trip a refreshing and mind-cooling one.
    After 45 min of drive from centre-town, you will reach the little village of Ban Tha Pene. After entering the park, you can start by paying a visit to the local bears, saved from poachers. Then enjoy the truly spectacular and the biggest waterfall in Luang Prabang. Swimming is possible in many area
  • The Butterfly Park

    5 km from the Elephant Camp

    Situated 300m before the entry of the Kuang Si Waterfall, Kuang Si Butterfly Park is a project that was initiated in 2014 to create a research centre studying and publishing about Laos butterflies, host plants and preservation because of environmental issues in Laos.
    The center is looking for entomologists and botanists to help and develop the center.
    A nice little café on the pound can finish the visit, for having a good coffee, delicious baguette in a beautiful surrounding.
  • The Park of Bears

    5 km from the Elephant Camp

    In collaboration with the Laos Department of Forestry, construction of the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre in Luang Prabang began in 2003.
    Since 2017, they rescued endangered wildlife including macaques, leopard cats, tortoises, birds, civets, and even red pandas intercepted after being smuggled from China into Laos.
    Have a visit, and sponsor a bear to help the Center.
Our

Contact

Location
Ban MuangKhai
Luang Prabang, Lao PDR
Tel/Whatsapp
Number 1: +856 (0) 20 9998 9998
Number 2: +856 (0) 20 5280 6888
Email
info@luangprabangelephantcamp.com