Elephant Ride, Jungle Trek, And Villages

  • Tour code: Lg18
  • Duration: 1 Day
In addition to the elephant interaction and riding, this tour includes hiking into the amazing Lao countryside with a visit to a Khamu minority village and the magnificent Tad Sae Waterfalls. This day tour around Luang Prabang is a full day elephant riding & trekking combination tour. A perfect package for responsible travelers, as this tour also supports the Fair Trek project, which creates funding for seven villages in the area. In short: A single day tour full of activities in nature and animal interactions.


  • Visit: Nam Khan river, the Tad Sae Waterfall
  • Activities: Elephant ridding, trekking, swimming


August to January (high water season)

We start this soft adventure day around Luang Prabang with a short 20 minute drive out of town and into the Lao countryside.
Your knowledgeable and experienced local guide will bring you straight to the elephant camp for the first part of today’s activities. The elephant camp is located in the middle of a wonderful forested mountainous area at the banks of the scenic Nam Khan River.

Enjoy a new perspective from riding on the top of an elephant. Stunning landscapes and the quietness of nature make for a relaxing ride on the back of a local Asian elephant.

Transfer by small boat across the river to begin trekking. This is an easy hike through beautiful jungle with surrounding mountains in the river valley. Arrive at a Khmu hill tribe village where your local guide will help you explore life nestled in the mountains. The village is nestled at the foot of a big mountain range. Most of the people here are farmers and fishermen and subsist on their traditional way of agriculture. They even speak a different language here, and your guide will help to ask any questions you have.

We’ll refresh with a break before a scenic and easy walk off the mountain to the Tad Sae Waterfall. At the waterfall, you can hang out for some swimming and bathing in the refreshing cool water. Conditions range from impressive strong currents during the height of the rainy season to slow-flowing and inviting crystal clear waters great for swimming.

A Lao Style Lunch will be served either at the magnificent waterfalls or at a local village. Return by boat and vehicle to conclude your Laos elephant and jungle adventure.

February to July (low water season)

During the dry season, the Tad Sae Waterfall can be low or even dry. The itinerary remains the same with the exception that instead of the waterfall, trekking is extended to visit a riverside village and a longer boat ride is enjoyed on the Nam Khan River through jungle.

We are working with animals and in nature, time changes may occur at any time. Bring shoes that can get wet!!

The waterfall can be low or dry during February-August.
Elephant rides can take different routes through river and village in the dry season.

The itinerary is sometimes run in reverse order.

What's Included


  • All vehicle and boat transportation
  • Briefing, information and English speaking guide
  • Elephant riding
  • All permissions and taxes
  • Fair Trek village fund fee
  • Waterfall park entry fees
  • Motorboat charge
  • Picnic lunch box
  • Drinking water and fruits


  • Specialty Drinks
  • Tips