Alert: Please Be Aware…
We want to alert you that a former employee/shareholder of ours is sending direct messages and posting fabricated stories and pictures about MandaLao on a number of FaceBook and Instagram accounts in various names and more recently on LinkedIn using his own name. Now, we understand he has also mailed a video he concocted to a number of guests who have visited us in the past. This is being done in an attempt to hurt MandaLao, our elephants, our owners and staff, as well as other local businesses and business leaders in Luang Prabang.
If you do see any of these posts, or receive an email or communication from him, or from [email protected], we would encourage you to report it to whichever platform it’s posted on and block him. This is the advice we have received from federal and city law enforcement and a forensic psychiatrist with whom we are working, the end goal being that he gets the help he needs such that he does no harm to himself or others and that this online defamation attempt is curtailed.
Working every day to ensure that rescued elephants live the happiest, healthiest lives possible is everything to us at MandaLao. To have someone try and undermine that is frustrating, yes, but we will never waver in our commitment.
Khop jai lai lai.
To demonstrate respect for and understanding of elephants by providing our guests a wholly educational and interactive experience.
To help visitors connect with elephants in the most natural way possible in elephant tourism today. It is our hope that this knowledge will spread, promoting increasingly humane and ethical treatment of elephants across Laos and beyond its borders.
WITH YOUR SUPPORT
We preserve and protect both captive elephants and those who remain in the wild. We do this through responsible tourism, education, and sustainable relationships with the local community.
MEET THE ELEPHANTS AND JOIN US FOR A TOUR!
Most frequent questions and answers
This is a half-day tour and a much easier trek then the “Into the Wild.” Pickup time will either be 8:30 am or 9:15 am, depending on availability, drop off is around 1:15 pm or 1:45 pm. The tour is limited to eight people, and the two enchanting elephants who you will be joining on their walk. This tour is 2.5 kilometers roundtrip and takes you through the jungle and local Lao rice fields. You’ll wrap up your tour with a Lao lunch at MandaLao.
INSIDE THE HEART OF ELEPHANTS:
This is our full-day excursion. You will be picked up at 8:30 am or 9:15 am, depending on availability, and dropped off around 3:45 pm or 4:30 pm. This tour may go out together with the half-day “Therapeutic Trek,” In such cases the group size will be up to 8 people for the first half of the day. Then, the “Therapeutic Trek” guests head back to MandaLao and a maximum of only four people will continue for the second half of the day. You will spend your day trekking (5 kilometers round trip) with two adult elephants through the jungle. Lunch will be served Lao style in the forest just before visiting the beautiful Tad Kuang Song waterfall.
COMMUNICATING WITH ELEPHANTS
This is a half-day afternoon tour. Pickup time is 2 pm, at your hotel, and drop-off is around 5:30 pm. The tour is limited to six people. You will begin the tour by creating nutritious treats for the elephants. After meeting the elephants on the banks of the Nam Khan, give them your treats and walk briefly with them before coming back to the property for local snacks.
CUSTOM/ PRIVATE TOURS
MandaLao would love to help make your travels unforgettable. If you are traveling with a big group or looking for a place to host an event, MandaLao is happy to help. We also offer private behind the scenes tours with one of the owners if you are looking for our most comprehensive and unique experience.
We are located approximately 20 kilometers from Luang Prabang city center. The drive takes about 30 minutes.
While most of our tours are moderately difficult, with little to no elevation gain, it can still be tiring walking in the heat. The trails can be very muddy and slippery, especially during the rainy season (June-September)