TWO DAY – SHORT TREK & MAHOUT EXPERIENCES PROGRAM . PAK OU CAVES . KUANG SI WATERFALL — TOUR CODE: TW01
EXPLORE THE ELEPHANTS FORESTS OF THE ANCIENT LAOS KING. A MEMORABLE OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE BANK OF THE MEKONG RIVER
|Price||US$ 85-100 / PAX|
|Application period||3 months advance - Day before your trip 8:30 pm (Laos time UTC + 07:00)|
|Departure point||Your accommodation in Luang Prabang|
DAY1: Pick up from your accommodation at around 8:15 – 09:00 AM. 30 min drive take us to the starting point of trekking Ban Xang Hai, is also known as Whisky Village. Here you can see the process of making lao lao, the country’s beloved rice whiskey and for some maybe even an early morning sample!
After a short stop at the village, we start trekking in the elephants forests of ancient Laos King. We go though rice fields, river, forests and valleys of mountain. You will be amazed at how green and lush it is on the way. Passing the bamboo forests where elephants live, we reach our destination Manifa Elephant Camp and end our one and half hour trek.
At around 11 AM, we start “MAHOUT EXPERIENCE PROGRAM“.
- 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 1st day of Mahout program continue until the late afternoon, with an hour lunch break. In the end, we take elephants to their resident bamboo forests. From evening to next morning, we have a free time in the Mekong riverside.
DAY2: We resume Mahout Program in the early morning at 6:30 to bring elephants from forests with Manifa mahout team, then we take elephants to the Mekong river for bathing and interact with them for a while.
At around 10:30 AM, we end the Mahout program and embark a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong River. We see a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as the mysterious nature on the way. After 30 min, we reach Pak Ou where the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers. Pak Ou Caves are two linked caves crammed with thousand of lacquered Buddha Status of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. Exploring the caves about 40 min, the boat takes us back to the camp. We enjoy a beautiful buffet style lunch at the restaurant.
This adventure destination package takes you to the final destination Kuang Si Waterfall – you will have time to explore the three layered Kuang Si Waterfall walk the trails of the nature reserve and swim in the refreshing turquoise water pools and visit the bear rescue center. We leave for Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. We make a short visit at Ban Na Uan Hmong village on the way. We return to the city between 5:30-6:00 PM which is the ideal time to visit Phousi Mountain to see sunset.
Recommended to join in this tour with two or more people. We have to double the price for a single participant because the reference price starts from 2 participants .
DELICIOUS DINNER WITH A SPECTACULAR MEKONG VIEW
In case of booking more than 3 people, we serve a special dinner Loas traditional “Sin Dad” (Lao style BBQ/Fondue, Hot Pot or Lao Suki) You can enjoy local pork and buffalo meats with various seasonal vegetables. Booking less than 2 people, we serve Lao foods set menu. (local chicken or mekong fish) But you can upgrade to “Sin Dad” by additional $10/PAX (Please inquire us by email)
BAN XANG HAI
A unique little village on the banks of the Mekong River. Ban Xang Hai is famous for their handicraft products like distilling and selling whisky, hand woven fabric and jewelry.
TREK IN THE ELEPHANTS FORESTS OF THE ANCIENT LAOS KING
Ban Xang Hai forests were a venerable area known as the forests for the King’s elephants in the ancient era
CRUELTY FREE ELEPHANT RIDE
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.
ELEPHANT BATH IN THE MEKONG RIVER
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.
Manifa Elephant Camp provides pleanty of snack food (banana & sugarcane stick, pineapple) for you to feed elephants. No additional charge for elephant snacks
BUFFET STYLE LUNCH
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
THE FAMOUS HOLY SITES PAK OU CAVES
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.
KUANG SI WATERFALL
The Kuang Si Falls, sometimes spelled Kuang Xi or known as Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, is a three levelled waterfall about 29 kilometres (18 mi) south of Luang Prabang. These waterfalls are a favourite side trip for tourists in Luang Prabang. The falls begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside. These lead to the main fall with a 60 metres (200 ft) drop.