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TWO DAY MAHOUT EXPERIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM & BOAT TRIP TO PAK OU CAVES — TOUR CODE: TW06

TWO DAY MAHOUT EXPERIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM & BOAT TRIP TO PAK OU CAVES — TOUR CODE: TW06
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TWO DAY MAHOUT EXPERIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM & BOAT TRIP TO PAK OU CAVES — TOUR CODE: TW06

OVERNIGHT STAY IN MANIFA ELEPHANT CAMP

OVERVIEW

PriceUS$ 85-100 / PAX
Application period3 months advance - Day before your trip 8:30 pm (Laos time UTC + 07:00)
Departure pointYour accommodation in Luang Prabang
Departure dateEveryday
Duration2 Days
Please see this page for the details of booking process.

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.

 

  • Manifa Elephant Camp serves all breakfast and lunch, dinner. You can enjoy delicious meals at the restaurant – overlooking the Mekong river.
  • Comfortable accommodations (Elephant Camp Lodge Twin Room, AC, Hot Shower | Home stay at the opposite local village across the Mekong River)
  • Snacks and Beverages, Souvenirs are available in the restaurant.
  • Free WiFi Access @ the restaurant. Unitel 4G Network also available in the elephant camp.
Manifa Elephant Camp is managed by people certified by EU Switch Asia Luang Prabang Handle with Care Project. Working with them, we will improve the animal welfare standard in Laos. For further information, please refer to our “Elephant FAQ“
Mahout & Elephant in the morning
Elephant Bath
Accommodation
Sunset in elephant camp

INCLUDED SERVICES

ENTRANCES FEE

MAHOUT EXPERIENCES PROGRAM

SLOW BOAT TRIP (2H)

ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE

TRANSPORTATION

From and to your accommodation (or Luang Prabang city center)

KUANG SI WATERFALL (2H)

BUFFET STYLE LUNCH

OPTION

UPGRADE TO PRIVATE TOUR

YOUR OWN TOUR GUIDE (EN, FR,DE,JP,CH,IT,SP,RU), PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

FREE AIRPORT PICK UP (ADVANCE RESERVATION & MINIMUM 2 PARTICIPANTS REQUIRED)

We can pick up you from airport to Manifa Elephant Camp if your arrival time in Luang Prabang is ealier than 2:00 pm. The tour schedule will change slightly. (The boat trip is shortened and we visit Pak Ou Caves on the second day.) Manifa Travel assumes no responsibility for your flight. Please inquire by email after your booking

FREE AIRPORT DROP OFF (ADVANCE RESERVATION REQUIRED)

We can drop you off at the airport on the way back to Luang Prabang. Usually arrival time to the airport between 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm. (You need to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. Manifa Travel assumes no responsibility for your flight. Please inquire by email after your booking)

AGE REQUIREMENTS

BABIES 0 – 3 YEARS

FREE OF CHARGE – PARENTAL CARE REQUIRED

THERE IS NO MAXIMUM AGE FOR PARTICIPATION

AGES 4 -11 YEARS

DISCOUNTED 30% OFF FULL RATE OF TOUR PACKAGE – MANDATORY PARENTAL OR GUARDIAN SUPERVISION REQUIRED THROUGHOUT

CASE SPECIFIC SITUATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED

EXPERIENCES

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.

ELEPHANT SNACKTIME

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.

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