TWO DAY MAHOUT EXPERIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM & BOAT TRIP TO PAK OU CAVES — TOUR CODE: TW06
OVERNIGHT STAY IN MANIFA ELEPHANT CAMP
|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|
|Departure date||Everyday (We accept to change the date of tour if you contact us by 7:00 PM day before)|
Date Change/Cancel are available according to the policies defined in the terms & conditions
DAY 1: Early morning pickup from your accommodation at around 07:45 – 08:30 AM, We then 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 1 and half hours, 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 trip takes us to Manifa Elephant Camp. We enjoya beautiful buffet style lunch at the restaurant – overlooking the Mekong river.
At about 1 PM, 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 program temporarily last in the late afternoon. 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.
DAY 2: We resume Mahout Program in 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 interaction for a while.
Having a breakfast break, then we join Manifa Mahout team and experience Mahout work from around 10 – 12 AM. “MAHOUT EXPERIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM” ends with this 2 hours experience working as Mahout.
After saying goodbye with elephants and mahout, we have a lunch break. we leave for Luang Prabang at about 1 PM . Returning to the city between 1:30-2:30 PM.
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.
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.