|Monday||8:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Tuesday||8:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Saturday||8:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Sunday||8:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
If you care about animal cruelty, do NOT go here. Elephants are wild animals and do not naturally allow humans to ride them. They have to be whipped and electrocuted to be trained into letting people sit on top of them. This is done behind their ears and in between their upper legs so tourists don’t see the scars. They are lashed upwards of 50 times a day to train them to take tourists to the “bathing area” several times a day. It is a huge moneymaker for locals, but it is at the expense of hurting the elephants. Do not be fooled.
The actual sanctuary was near our hotel, so we took a boat to it. It was a wonderful meal, over looking the Nam Khan River. They did a really good tour first telling us about the issues facing elephants today. Wild elephants are in danger of stepping on antitank land mines, which don't kill them but amputate them. Or they are sometimes abused by people for work, like clearing forests. Our Mahout was so great, he let me ride on our elephants head, and he decided to sit in the basket or walk and take picture. I understand concerns with elephants as ecotourism, but these were very well cared for, and were able to walk in the wild not some park. We even went swimming, or more accurate, our elephant swam across the river with me on her neck. If your okay with horse back-riding this is for you. If not, a visit to see what they do for injured elephants and the story behind keeping elephants important and safe to and in Laos culture.
Very nice tour, I loved! The elephants receive a very good treatment there! I think it's better to book the intire day!
What an INCREDIBLE experience. There are not enough wonderful things I could say about the day we spent with the Sanctuary as Mahouts. They love their animals so much and love to share their stories and the conservation efforts they are making. To be so up close and personal with such a magnificent animal was a once in a lifetime experience. The guides were very nice and spoke very good english and the Mahouts were just as friendly! I cannot recommend this place enough!
It's not really an hospital or a sanctuary. It's a business place with 12 elephants but they seem to be ok. After it was 2 beautiful days with the elephants but it could be better if we stay longer with them. In the 2days trip, we saw the elephants 3 time. 1 for walking, 1 for giving some food at 2 baby elephants and 1 for taking a bath with them on the river.