LAOS – Luang Prabang – Kayaks and Elephants

Experience the splendor of the natural world in all its glory with this unique activity combining kayaking on a tributary of the Mekong River with an elephant encounter and lunch. 

Theme

Classic, Family

Country - City

Luang Prabang

Price Level

$$$$

Level of difficulties

LEVEL 2

Max pax

20 pax

Seasonality

All year round, waterfall only in rainy season (July-November)

Arrival city

Luang Prabang

Departure city

Luang Prabang

Description

This adventure begins upstream from the city center in Ban En, on of the most beautiful parts of the Nam Khan River.  Upon arrival, there is a short technical briefing while travelers become acquainted with their kayaks. As they head down stream, the scenery is breathtaking at any time of the year, and in the rainy season (July-November) may even include a waterfall. Travelers will kayak up to the elegant, old-world style resort, where they will meet the elephant keepers-the mahouts-and gain unique insight into how these majestic animals are communicated with and cared for. This mildly active adventure ends with an exquisite lunch at the elegantly decorated Chateau Orientale restaurant. 

Can be combined with

Thematic Leisure

Selling points

  • A mildly active FIT and GIT leisure activity.
  • An activity that the whole family can enjoy together.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch to unwind after the activity while overlooking the river and mountains.
  • Get up close and friendly to elephants in a sustainable manner (no riding).
  • Witness breathtaking scenery from a kayak.

Level Of The Excursion

High – This activity strongly supports local communities and/or helps preserve the culture and environment

The Impact Of This Excursion

Social/cultural Impact

Cultural Conservation

Empowerment and education

Environment Impact

Involving Wildlife

Economic Impact

Local individual benefits

Community benefits

Time And Transportation

FromToKmByDurationRoad Condition
Night MarketBan En16Minivan30 minutesGood

Duration

  • Half-day
  • Morning:
    • 08:00-08:30 pick-up from hotel.
    • 13:00-13:30 transfer back to hotel.
  • Afternoon:
    • 12:30-13:00 pick up from hotel.
    • 16:30-17:00 transfer back to hotel.

Min pax

1

Max pax

20

How to sell it

  • A mildly active experience with a hearty does of leisure. 
  • For the whole family to enjoy together.
  • Includes unwinding with an exquisite lunch while enjoying the beautiful jungle landscape. 
  • Get intimate with elephants in a unique and sustainable way. 
  • Get a new perspective from the water while kayaking or paddle boarding.

Why this activity

  • For travelers who want something more than touring, but still not very active. 
  • Promotes wildlife sustainability by supporting an ethical elephant camp. 
  • Gives travelers a unique perspective of the area from the water. 
  • Takes travelers off the beaten track and to places they would not usually get to see. 
  • Provides something unique, active, and educational without taking up a full day. 

Good to combine with

  • Any evening leisure activity.

Do not combine with

  • Other elephant camps or kayaking excursions.
  • Any activity at Kuang Sy as it is located in the other direction away from the city center. 

Competitor comparison

  • Other DMCs may offer a similar activity. 

Pros

  • The supplier is nice to work with and very professional. He is an experienced industry professional.
  • A superb combination of active and leisure themes. 

Cons

  • Tad Se Waterfall is not visible from December to June. 

Information

  • Lunch: 
    • Lao set menu. 
    • Vegetarians and travelers with allergies can be accommodated by prior arrangement.  

Alerts

  • No elephant riding. 
  • Tad Se Waterfall is visible between July and November during rainy season. 
  • Please make sure that the guide checks with the clients on the day of the tour to see if they have any allergies or special dietary needs.
  • Lunch: 
    • Lao set menu.
    • Vegetarians and travelers with allergies can be accommodated by prior arrangement. 

Quotation guideline

On ERP:

For FIT 1-6 pax (all done with Chateau Orientale)

  • Luang Prabang > Activity > Chateau Orientale > Kayaks & Elephants / HD-05 Half-Day Kayak + Elephant Experience Combination
  • Luang Prabang > Activity > Chateau Orientale > HD Privatization Supplement

For GIT 7-20 pax (we use Chateau Orientale for elephants and lunch + Tiger Trails for kayaking)

  • Luang Prabang > Activity > Tiger Trails > (Private) Kayaking on the Nam Khan River/ HD/ HDK
  • Luang Prabang > Activity > Chateau Orientale > (SIC) HD-01 Walking with Giants incl. lunch
  • Luang Prabang > Activity > Chateau Orientale > HD Privatization Supplement

Cancellation
Of confirmed bookings has to be done between 8 am and 6 pm via fax or email AND by telephone to our office in central Luang Prabang. The cancellation needs to be acknowledged by our staff. For Group bookings, cancellations between 25 and 20 days prior to the start date will be charged 50%. Between 19 and 15 days prior to the start date 75 % and if cancelled less than 15 days before check in 90 % of the total package price will be charged. No show, or cancellations on the tour date, will be charged 100 %.

For Individual Booking (FIT): bookings only, cancellations between 25 and 20 days prior to the start date will be charged 50 %. Between 14 and 7 days prior to the start date 75 % and if cancelled less then 7 days before check in 90 % of the total package price will be charged. No show, or cancellations on the tour date, will be charged 100 %.

Group Booking (GIT):

Bookings for more than 4 pax / 2 rooms are seen as group bookings. To confirm the reservation, 20 % of the payment has to be made 01 month (30 days) prior arrival. If the booking is reduced or cancelled later, the payment is non-refundable and standard cancellation fees will be charged.

Inclusion

  • Transfers to and from the resort but we recommend using the Easia Transfer.
  • Local English speaking tour guide.
  • Kayaks.
  • Lunch in the Chateau Orientale Restaurant.

Exclusion

  • Easia Travel guide (not necessary).

Special Guide notes

  • Please make sure that the guide checks with the clients on the day of the tour to see if they have any allergies or special dietary needs.

Different Choice

  • Tiger Trails can supplement the kayaking portion of the excursion for large groups. 

Contact

English

Kayaks and Elephants

The starting point of your kayaking and elephant adventure is Ban En, located on one of the most beautiful parts of the Nam Khan River.  Upon arrival, you will receive a short technical briefing and become acquainted with your kayak. As your journey downstream starts, you will be met with breathtaking views of lush jungle landscapes, mountains, and maybe even a waterfall. You will kayak up to the riverbank in front of an elegant resort, where you will meet the elephant keepers-the mahouts-and gain unique insight from them into how these majestic animals are communicated with and cared for. This mildly active adventure ends with an exquisite lunch served at the old-world style Chateau Orientale restaurant. Afterwards, the transfer will take you back to your hotel in Luang Prabang town. 

Meals included: lunch at Chateau Orientale.
Distance: 5 km – 2 hours
Notes: Confirm any special dietary requirements with supplier and client. 

French

Kayaks et éléphants

Le point de départ de votre aventure en kayak est Ban En, situé sur l’une des plus belles parties de la rivière Nam Khan. À votre arrivée, vous recevrez un bref briefing technique et vous vous familiariserez avec votre kayak. Au début de votre voyage, vous aurez une vue imprenable sur la jungle luxuriante, les montagnes et peut-être même une chute d’eau. Vous vous rendrez en kayak jusqu’à la rive devant un élégant complexe hôtelier, où vous rencontrerez les gardiens d’éléphants, les cornacs, qui vous donneront un aperçu unique de la façon dont on s’occupe et communique avec ces animaux majestueux. Cette aventure légèrement active se termine par un déjeuner exquis servi dans le restaurant du Château oriental, de style ancien. Ensuite, le transfert vous ramènera à votre hôtel dans la ville de Luang Prabang.

Repas inclus : déjeuner au Château Orientale.
Distance à parcourir : 5 km – 2 heures
Remarques : Confirmer tout régime alimentaire particulier avec le fournisseur et le client.

Spanish

Kayaks y elefantes

El punto de partida de su aventura en kayak y elefantes es Ban En, situado en una de las partes más bellas del río Nam Khan. A su llegada, recibirá una breve charla técnica y se familiarizará con su kayak. Cuando comience su viaje río abajo, se encontrará con impresionantes vistas de exuberantes paisajes selváticos, montañas e incluso una cascada. Navegará en kayak hasta la orilla del río, frente a un elegante complejo turístico, donde conocerá a los cuidadores de elefantes -los mahouts- y obtendrá una visión única de cómo se comunican y cuidan estos majestuosos animales. Esta aventura ligeramente activa termina con un exquisito almuerzo servido en el restaurante de estilo antiguo Chateau Orientale. Después, el traslado le llevará de vuelta a su hotel en la ciudad de Luang Prabang.

Comidas incluidas: almuerzo en Chateau Orientale.
Distancia: 5 km – 2 horas
Notas: Confirmar cualquier requisito dietético especial con el proveedor y el cliente.

Italian

Kayak ed elefanti

Il punto di partenza della vostra avventura in kayak e con gli elefanti è Ban En, situato in uno dei tratti più belli del fiume Nam Khan. All’arrivo, riceverete un breve briefing tecnico e prenderete confidenza con il vostro kayak. All’inizio del viaggio a valle, vi troverete di fronte a una vista mozzafiato sui paesaggi lussureggianti della giungla, sulle montagne e forse anche su una cascata. Raggiungerete in kayak la riva del fiume, di fronte a un elegante resort, dove incontrerete i custodi degli elefanti, i mahout, e avrete modo di conoscere il modo in cui questi maestosi animali comunicano e si prendono cura di loro. Questa avventura leggermente attiva si conclude con un pranzo squisito servito al ristorante Chateau Orientale, in stile antico. In seguito, il trasferimento vi riporterà al vostro hotel nella città di Luang Prabang.

Pasti inclusi: pranzo al Chateau Orientale.
Distanza: 5 km – 2 ore
Note: Confermare eventuali esigenze dietetiche particolari con il fornitore e il cliente.

German

Kajaks und Elefanten

Der Ausgangspunkt Ihres Kajak- und Elefantenabenteuers ist Ban En, das an einem der schönsten Abschnitte des Nam Khan Flusses liegt. Nach Ihrer Ankunft erhalten Sie eine kurze technische Einweisung und machen sich mit Ihrem Kajak. Zu Beginn Ihrer Reise flussabwärts werden Sie mit atemberaubenden Ausblicken auf üppige Dschungellandschaften, Berge und vielleicht sogar einen Wasserfall belohnt. Sie fahren mit dem Kajak bis zum Flussufer vor einem eleganten Resort, wo Sie die Elefantenpfleger – die Mahouts – treffen und von ihnen einen einzigartigen Einblick in die Kommunikation mit diesen majestätischen Tieren und deren Pflege erhalten. Dieses leicht aktive Abenteuer endet mit einem exquisiten Mittagessen, das im Restaurant Chateau Orientale im alten Stil serviert wird. Anschließend bringt Sie der Transfer zurück zu Ihrem Hotel in Luang Prabang Stadt.

Mahlzeiten inbegriffen: Mittagessen im Chateau Orientale.
Entfernung: 5 km – 2 Stunden
Anmerkungen: Bestätigen Sie eventuelle besondere Ernährungsbedürfnisse mit dem Anbieter und dem Kunden.