Halfway between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai/Chiang Khong, the main border crossing into northern Laos, the Mekong Elephant Park sits on the banks of the Mekong, opposite the village of Pakbeng. Open since 2008 and rebranded in 2017, the Park offers visitors the chance to discover the privileged role elephants play in Lao culture while also taking in the spectacular natural surroundings.
Designed as a pilot project for the ecotourism industry, the Mekong Elephant Park demonstrates the founders’ aim of promoting sustainable tourism and supporting a threatened species as urbanization and the abuses they are confronted with threatens its survival.
This project combines:
This project combines:
- An environmental purpose: preserving a threatened species.
- An economic and social ambition: suggesting alternatives for the mahouts and their families;
- A touristic aim conceived and planned in order to respect the two aspects above.
What our friends say about us?
"This place is a heaven for the elephant as the staff respect the elephant and want the best for them. Very authentic place."
- Anna on Trip Advisor
"It was wonderful hiking with the elephant and seeing them so close in their own environment. Great to watch the elephant run over the beach into the water."
- Evelyne on MEP Facebook
"Amazing Tour with a very friendly guide. Also the people in the village benefit from it 👍 highly recommended"
- René Karthaus on Google Places
Such a great experience! Thanks to the team for a very educational and wonderful time here. And to the beautiful elephants for spending their morning with us.
- Kayla on MEP Facebook
"An incredible experience with Elephants in this camp, acting for the protection of these wonderful animals."
- Louise B on Trip Advisor
"Don't miss this place that respects the elephants and involve local communities. Best gift-shop of the town as well with stuning handicrafts"
- Johann on Google Places
"Had a good Feeling about leaving my money there and not somewhere else: It is clean and well run. No riding for tourists"
- Batti on Google Places
"Here, no riding on their back or swimming while they bath. Everything is made to respect the animal. You will be able to watch them in a natural environment."
- Margie on Trip Advisor
By visiting us at the Mekong Elephant Park, you will discover a small world of people dedicated to the preservation of Elephants of Laos. Our teams are composed of passionate people working together to enhance the vision of animal protection.
Now let's WORK
We want to offer our elephants the chance to live in their natural environment and live in harmony with nature and humans. They were forced to work under contraints decades ago and it is our duty to give them back their life and let them just be.
IT'S UP TO US