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Review: Elephant trekking

Specialist Holiday - Safari/wildlife

Lao People's Democratic Republic (LAOS)

Elephant Trekking

  • By SilverTraveller Yes

    5 reviews

  • Feb 2010
  • Husband

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In order to get to the jungle and elephants we needed a 4 hour boat trip down the Mekong from the Thai border. Trip didn’t go as planned as Chinese had dammed the river -so not enough water getting to Laos for the boats. This meant a 13 hour car journey which enabled us at least to stop at little back water villages and see the surroundings. We eventually were introduced to our English speaking guide and our elephants. Somewhat nervously we mounted and headed off with our guide, two mahouts, a cook, local guide and a supplies elephant. Ambling along through the jungle and river valleys was magic. No sound but birds , water and the odd snake to scare the elephants. We eventually arrived at a remote Kumar village where the chief allowed us to stay in his hut and offered us space next to him on the floor to sleep. We and the elephants became the local attraction. The next day we continued journeying down to the banks of the Mekong where we camped over night.
Alas after a quick swim with the elephants in the Mekong it was good bye. Magic trip during which we felt safe at all times, food was as the locals but with no ill effects and a great camaraderie with our mahouts and guides.

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