Elephant Forest Explorer, Vientiane

Routing: Vientiane - Ba Na Village - Wat Pra Bath Temple - Vientiane

Best Highlights of the tour


  • Beautiful landscape 
  • Elephant Tower
  • Wat Pra Bath Temple
This easy trek takes the passionate walker into the elephant forests of the Phou Khao Khouay NPA. There are two herds known to inhabit this national park, one has quite recently chosen to roam the bamboo forest nearby the village of Ban Na. To protect these elephants and to compensate the villagers for the frequent damages, a community-based tourism scheme was introduced. Trained local guides lead the visitors to very remote sites within the forests of this nature reserve, just over an hour away from Vientiane.

Day 1: Vientiane - Ban Na Village - Elephant Tower
8;00 am pick up at your hotel and transfer Ban Na Village which is 80 km from Vientiane. Once we arrive, we start the trek thru forest on trails. A picnic lunch will be served by Laung Stream.
After lunch, we continue trekking and reach Elephant Tower where we spend the night. An early diner will be prepared for us so that we have time to spot the wild elephants from the tower.

Summary:
Transfer: 1.5 hrs
Trekking: 3.5 hrs
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Elephant Tower - Dormitory

Day 2: Elephant Tower - Ban Na Village - Wat Pra Bath Temple - Vientiane
After an early breakfast, we will keep track with the elephants. We would hear them cracking the bamboo. We will trek back to Ban Na Village, where our lunch is prepared by the local guide.
We will fill in the day with learning how to weave from the friendly villagers. Before returning to Vientiane, we will make a stop at Wat Pra Bath Temple where we would see a Buddha footprint.
We return to Vientiane in the late afternoon. Trip finishes.

Summary:
Transfer: 1.5 hrs
Trekking: 3.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

• Private transfers by van
• Overnight at Elephant Tower
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• English speaking guide
• 01 bottle of water per day
• Entrace fees & Sightseeing fees
• First-aid kit
• Tips 
• Personal expenses


Tour Exclusions:

• Visa
• Hotel in Vientiane
• Air-tickets
• Travel insurance

Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Group size: 08 persons
Depart from: your hotel in Vientiane
End at: your hotel in Vientiane
When: Wet season - June to December 
Activities: Trekking 
Trekking grade: Moderate
Transportation: Private van
Accommodation: Elephant Tower - Dormitory style with bath room and toilet. Pillow, mattress, mosquito net and blanket are provided
Tour guide: English speaking guide & village guide
Meals:
- Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch

 Food
All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. Since we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.
Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement.

 Elephant Tower
Dormitory at Elephant Tower with bath room and toilet. Pillow, mattress mosquito net and blanket will be provided

 ATL tour guide
The tour will be guided by our local tour guides who are experienced in guiding adventure tours. They have been carefully trained in their specialized field. They are also fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, they have been trained in first-aid and they know how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with them.

 The trekking day
A typical trekking day starts at about 8.00 am or 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 pm or 5.00 pm. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.

 What to bring 
1-2 changes of clothes, sandals for village, good shoes for hiking, sarong for bathing (required for women), warm clothes for the evening (Nov- Mar), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera. Please wear long pants and shirt with sleeves during the trek.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

2 days 1 nights


Activity:

SightSeeing, Trekking,


Group size:

Min: 1

,

Max: 8


Transportation:


Physical Grading:

Accommodation:


Day by Day Program:


Day 1: Transfer to Ban Na Village, trek to Elephant Tower
Day 2: Trek back to Ban Na village. Visit Wat Pra Bath temple. Back to Vientiane
Note: This tour is organized only in wet season from June to December as it gives bigger chance to see the elephants in wild.

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