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2d/1n : Camping with elephants

Complete jungle immersion in the world of elephants

Spend 2 days in the company of elephants and their mahout, assisted by a young English-speaking guide who has devoted his life to elephants for years.

It is an exceptional, unique and exclusive experience that we propose, a kind of back to the root, an adventure to discover the deep, authentic Laos, around a meeting between travellers and inhabitants attached to their ancestral culture, their traditions and their beliefs, on the place of their habitat, the jungle.

Elephant close to the Elephant Homeland Center base

Day 1

Transfers,trekking with the elephants to the forest, elephant bath, dinner with the mahouts

In the morning, your driver will pick you up for a 2h30 drive to Sayaboury. Along the way, you can stop in villages along this recently groomed road (2013) where people mainly live by culture, hunting, and gathering.

Arrival at the elephant sanctuary between 11:30 am and noon. Welcome by Sack, director of the Center and English-speaking guide, and lunch together on the Nam Houng River.

Around 1pm, it is time for the elephants to take their bath. Elephants especially appreciate this time of day.

At 1:30pm begins a small trek (1h / 1h30, very easy level), which will take us to the place where the elephants spend the night, at the edge of a refreshing river. During this walk you will learn 1000 things about elephants, their mahouts, and the unique organization of Elephant Homeland Elephant Center, while crossing small farms, rice paddies and then the forest.

Around 3pm, you will arrive at the site where the wounded elephant is resting. You will learn his story before seeing him swim in the nearby little stream river. We will then follow him to his resting place.

Around 4:30pm, we will set up the tents and take a shower in the fresh river of pure water. After this moment of relaxation, we will have dinner together around a typical Lao meal. It’s time for discussion, exchange, stories and legends. Learn more about this rare nomad ethnic group of Thong Luang, the Yellow Bellies, an exceptional tribe living in this area…

8:30pm, it is time for the mahouts to go to sleep ; they wake very early, usually before the sunrise. For you, it will be time to fully appreciate all the jungle life’s sounds, with your elephants serving as guardian angels nearby, under a starry sky of surprising and dense limpidity.

Day 2

Breakfast, little trekking going back to Sayaboury, kayaking on the Nam Houn River, lunch

7:30am, typically Lao breakfast, freshly composed in the morning by the mahouts.

8:00am, we will come back to the Elephant Homeland Centre. Along the way, you will once again be able to appreciate the knowledge of Sack and mahouts about the endemic plants of the region, and in particular for some that are exceptional and recognized for their medicinal properties.

Arrival around 10:00am for the observation of the 1st bath of the elephants. And then we will play a little game with the pachyderms, hiding some food (bananas, sugar canes, etc.) around the Center to watch them seek their little pleasures.

At 11:00am, we will kayak for 1 hour exploring the daily life of the inhabitants of the region.

12:30pm, lunch, end of these 2 days journey with elephants, and departure for your next destination.

Tariffs for 4 persons, may 2017 - may 2018

  • With return to Luang Prabang (2d/1n): 209 USD/pers.
    Includes visit to 2 emblematic and unique temples in Laos
    With the assistance of an English speaking guide full time: 236 USD/pers.
  • Following to Vientiane (3d/2n): 292 USD/pers.
    Includes one overnight stop in Vang Vieng (accommodation and meals not included), arrival in Vientiane around noon
    With the assistance of an English speaking guide full time: 373 USD/pers.

Included in this journey:

  • Private minivan with chauffeur, Luang Prabang - Sayaboury - Luang Prabang for 2 full days, with bottles of mineral water and fresh towels
  • English speaking guide in Sayaboury, passionate specialist of elephants
  • Tents and sleeping bags for overnight
  • Food (4 meals L-D-B-L) and drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Kayaks and safety jacket
  • All administrative formalities

What to bring for this 2-day adventure journey:

  • Trekking shoes
  • Mosquito spray
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Jacket or coat (the weather can get cold at night)
  • Bathing suit and towel for kayaking (bikini or swimming suit are not allowed in the purpose to respect the Lao culture)

Nota Bene

The area of Sayaboury is well known to be one of the historical territories of the elephants of Laos. However, since the ban on logging, many domesticated elephants and their mahouts, inseparable couples, were left without resources.

It is in this context that Sack, the young director of EHL (Elephant Homeland), wanted to propose a new approach with elephants, developing a sanctuary with unique activities in Laos. Born in Sayaboury, Sack spent most of his life working with elephants for whom he truly loves and respects.

The buses timetable

EHL organise free transfers from the bus station and the Elephant Homeland Center and vice-versa.

To go to Sayaboury

  • Luang Prabang - Sayaboury → 9:00am & 2:00pm (2h30 drive, 7 USD)
  • Vang Vieng - Sayaboury → 9:00am (3h30 drive by bus, 15 USD)
  • Vientiane - Sayaboury → 7:30am & 9:00am (7h00 drive by minivan, 15 USD)
  • Vientiane - Sayaboury → 9:00am & 6:00pm (9h00 drive by bus, 15 USD)

To continue from Sayaboury

  • Sayaboury - Luang Prabang → 9:00 and 2:00pm (2h30 drive, 7 USD)
  • Sayaboury - Vang Vieng → 3:00pm (3h30 drive by bus, 15 USD)
  • Sayaboury - Vientiane → 7:30am & 9:00am (7h00 drive by minivan, 15 USD)
  • Sayaboury - Vientiane → 9:00am & 2:00pm (7h00 drive by bus, 15 USD)


  • Following the elephants to their land
  • The untouchable couple for life, the elephant and its mahout
  • One of the best moment for the elephant… THE BATH !
  • Overnight in the jungle with our elephant gardian angels
  • Morning on the forest
  • One local inhabitant of the place
  • 1 hour easy kayaking in Sayaboury on the Nam Houng River

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