Laos was once called the Land of a Million Elephants. Ever wonder why? You know where this is going. That’s right, we’ll take you on a memorable adventure on board an elephant’s back through the jungle, over rivers, and to beautiful waterfalls around the pristine natural landscape around Luang Prabang. A perfect compliment day trip after exploring the UNESCO Heritage town awaits with this natural adventure excursion that’ll surely touch your heart. These animals sure are charming!
If you love elephants, you’ll surely love what’s in store for you! Let’s head out to the Luang Prabang countryside first thing in the morning. Soothe in the greenery and fresh outdoor air. Learn a little bit of the area’s history along the way too. Stop at Henry Mouhot’s grave. Who is he, you may ask? He’s the explorer who re-discovered Angkor Wat in 1859. Continue on to the Elephant Park Project, itself about 15 kilometers away from the UNESCO town. The establishment itself is seemingly is part of the Lao countryside, located on the banks of the Nam Khan River.
Welcome. Step inside and introduce yourself to these magnificent creatures. The Asian Elephants may be smaller than their African cousins, but they are still big! Learn about these guys from the mahouts (elephant trainer) and climb aboard the back of these gentle giants and traverse through the stunning landscape and lush natural surroundings. It certainly beats walking, doesn’t it? Plus you get a different perspective of the countryside.
Say good-bye to your elephant friend and make your way to a nearby waterfall. Yes, we know what you’re thinking. Go on ahead and jump in. Or if you don’t want to get too wet, you are also free to explore the surrounding jungles.
In keeping with the elephant theme, head back to Luang Prabang for a late lunch at the L’Elephant, one of the city’s best restaurants. Then visit the Elephant Asia Show, an outdoor museum focused on elephant preservation which will provide you with more details on the elephant related activities that they have.
There it is, you have now become an elephant expert. Your visit and proceeds to the Elephant Park Project and Elephant Asia Show will contribute towards the conservation efforts of these big guys. Adventure, education, fun and merit. Can’t go wrong with this combination.
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