On the 16th October 1883 Dr. Neis wrote in his diary that he had explored a beautiful remote valley, before returning to his camp in the evening to bathe his elephant. This overnight excursion from Luang Prabang attempts to recreate this perfect day – a expedition from the Shangri Lao Explorer Camp around the Huay Sae valley, traveling by elephant, on foot with porter horses, and then returning on a bamboo raft.
You are driven 8 miles out of Luang Prabang and the day begins with an introductory tour of the camp. Your guide will teach you about elephants, you can talk with our veterinarian, feed the elephants and relax by the riverside.
The expedition begins with an elephant ride through forests and over hills to a hidden valley. After reaching the protected Huay Sae Valley you leave the elephant and enjoy a luxury lunch with traditional Lao food and wine by a secluded waterfall. Depending on the water level you can swim in the natural pools.
Continue trekking on foot after lunch as the trail crosses bamboo bridges and passes waterfalls with blue pools in dense jungle. Down at the Nam Khan River, there is a luxury bamboo raft waiting , which slowly floats downstream. There is a 30 min stop at the Tad Sae Waterfall, before heading back to the camp. Have a coffee break, relax and watch the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen along the river.
In the late afternoon you will arrive at the camp where your tent is ready. Spend the rest of the day at the Jacuzzi swimming pool or go for a walk with your guide to visit the local village nearby. In the evening a delicious barbecue dinner will be served under the starry sky.
Retire for the night in a luxury style tent.
Get up early and meet the elephants down at the river to join their daily bath. After a short Mahout instruction you ride bareback on the elephant’s neck, wash it, scrub it and guide it through the river to the camp.
Following breakfast you check out from your room and in the morning you leave the camp and return to Luang Prabang.