FULL DAY LONG TAIL SLOW BOAT TRIP TO PAK OU CAVES . MAHOUT INTRODUCTION TRAINING PROGRAM — TOUR CODE:F18
FULL DAY COMBO TOUR ELEPHANT MAHOUT PROGRAM AND BOAT TRIP TO PAK OU CAVES
You will be picked up at your accommodation between 7:45 am and 8:15 am then, we head straight to the pier to join the 8:30 am long tail slow boat trip departure and head off on the mighty Mekong river.
Enjoy the many views from the water, witness rural laos, pass by local villages, fishermen, children and soak up the scenes of daily life by the river.
After the first hour and a bit, the boat takes its first short stop at the popular Ban Xang Hai, also known as ‘the whiskey village’. Here you visit the village, see the process of making Lao Lao, the country’s beloved rice whiskey and taste the fresh local delights. Why not pick up a couple of bottles for later!
We continue by boat travelling slowly along the Mekong in the direction of the glorious Pak Ou Caves. We arrive at a small boat landing dock where stairs lead you straight up to the cave. These limestone Buddhist caves have been a place of worship for thousands of years, over this time a collection of Buddha statues and idols have filled these spiritual natural caves
Take in the beautiful views from the water as the short boat trip takes us to Manifa Elephant Camp. We enjoy a full buffet style lunch @ the restaurant – overlooking the Mekong river.
At about 1 PM, we start “HALF DAY – INTRODUCTION PROGRAM“. After a few important introductions and a brief orientation, you will get straight into interacting with the Manifa elephants and start the mahout training program – get used to being close to and comfortable with one of the 17 elephants – share in the experience of cruelty free riding (optional bareneck or howdah) – join in the snacktime feeding and have the option of splashing around in the water with the elephants during one of their many daily bath time sessions. The program last in the late afternoon. In the end, we take elephants to their resident bamboo forests. We return to the city between 3:30-4:00 PM.
The boat trip takes us north to the famous Pak Ou Cave, well known as Tham Ting or Ting Cave, located on the riverbank, about 25km from Luang Prabang. The cave is very beautiful and filled with thousands of Buddha images and has long served as a pilgrimage site for all kinds of people, including members of the former royal family.
The heritage city Luang Prabang is built on the confluence of the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers. The Mekong river has been the major highways for people and goods for centuries and the boat transportation is still indispensable for daily life even today. Taking a boat trip is probably one of the most rewarding ways to discover the local life along the rivers.
Explore the mysterious beauty of the Lao jungle with elephant. Manifa mahout team have a tremendous bond with their elephant. They will support you to ride elephant with no cruelty.
Join in the elephant bath time. Ride on the neck of your elephant into the Mekong river and help elephant to scrub themselves clean and cool down from the heat of the day. You will have lots of fun and meaningful interaction with elephant.
Enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong river. Savour the traditional laos flavours and delight in the western international style dishes. Made with love and fresh local ingredients | Vegetarian options available
By adding extra US$5, we offer the best budget cruise in town with two-hour sunset trips along the Mekong river with a comfortable long-tail slow boat. Not like other sunset tours cruising around city area, you can enjoy incredible sunset views in the countryside of Luang Prabang.
- 2 hours boat rides and sunset cruises from Ban Xang Hai to Pak Ou to Luang Prabnag (25km)
- A can of beer (or soft drink) & snacks on the boat for free
- Going back to Luang Prabang boat peer at
around sunset time. (6-7pm)