the mekong Elephant park - Pakbeng
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:
- An environmental purpose: preserving a threatened species and maintaining local practices in terms of husbandry;
- 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.
Conservation through tourism: Why choose us?
We wish to encourage travellers to identify and support tourism initiatives, which provide physical and cognitive health leading the way to reproductive opportunities.