4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS LUANG PRABANG HIGHLIGHT & ELEPHANT MAHOUT EXPERIENCES
OVERNIGHT STAY IN MANIFA ELEPHANT CAMP
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Day1. Arrival – Luang Prabang
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. We then ascent up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day2. Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls (B/…/…)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.
After breakfast, we visit The National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Also the Central Market is not to be missed. After visiting these sights in the morning, you have free time to explore the town and stroll around the shopping area.
PM: We have an excursion toward Kuang Si Waterfalls, en route, we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. The Khouangsi Waterfall setting really illustrates paradise. We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day3. Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Manifa Elephant Camp (B/L/D)
AM: After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a panaromic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the small village of Ban Xang hai, where the local rice wine is distilled. We visit Manifa Elephant Camp and have lunch break in the restaurant overlooking the Mekong river Luang Prabang.
PM: You will experience the protected Elephants in the Mekong riverbanks & 110 hectares jungle.
- LEARN ABOUT ELEPHANT BEHAVIORS AND THEIR HABITAT (HOME)
CONTINUE NURTURING YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND BONDING TIME WITH ELEPHANT
- LEARN HOW TO CARE AND HANDLE ELEPHANTS WITH THE METHOD OF VERBAL CUES (VOICE COMMAND SYSTEM)
- LEARN HOW TO BETTER HANDLE ELEPHANTS THROUGH BODY LANGUAGE AWARENESS AND COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES
- LEARN HOW TO CORRECTLY RIDE LIKE A MAHOUT ON THE NECK OF THE ELEPHANT
- GUIDE YOUR ELEPHANT SAFELY AND COMFORTABLY THROUGH THE JUNGLE ON THE PROPERTY
- BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING BRING ELEPHANTS TO CAMP IN THE MORNING (WAKE UP CALL AND WALK RIDE TO WORK
- PRACTICE THE SKILLS LEARNED IN TRAINING PROGRAM
The Elephant Mahout program continue until the late afternoon. In the end, we take elephants to their resident bamboo forests.
Overnight in Manifa Elephant Camp
Day4. Manifa Elephant Camp – departure (B/L/…)