Laos Elephant Tour with Alex Mossbrucker - October 2022

Travel type
Small group of interested people - Age limit 12 years
Expedition grade
Easy to moderate (some jungle trekking involved)
Duration
21st - 30th October 2022 - 10 Days
Accomodation
Hotels and lodges
FROM
$4460.00 (AUD)

ex Bangkok Thailand (twin share accommodation) 

$690.00

Single Supplement available

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

This amazing tour will start in Bangkok and then take you on an amazing journey from the north Laos town of Luang Prabang, down to see the amazing work being done by the Elephant Conservation Centre in rehabilitating elephants for their release into protected forest areas. Here you will see some of the 33 resident elephants who have been rescued from horrible situations. You will have many great photo opportunities from safe viewing platforms and have the opportunity to walk along side them. We will also take you trekking into these forests where you will join the researchers and learn how they track and monitor the re-released elephants.

Then we visit the Vanvieng and experience its natural beauty with the option of some adventure activities like hot-air ballons, rafting or even ziplines. Finally, we arrive in Laos capital historic city Vientiane for our final night. The tour starts and finishes in Bangkok, which has many international flight options as well as allowing guests easy opportunites to relax before or after the tour.

Travel with elephant expert Dr Alex Mossbrucker

Stay at the Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) in Laos
Meet some of the 33 resident elephants in care
Experience culture in Luang Prabang
Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong River
Visit the beautiful area of Vanvieng, explore its caves
Optional sunrise hotair ballon ride
Visit the capital of Vientiane and see its historic culture
Start and finish in Bangkok, Thailand

Meet Alex

You will be joined by Dr Alex Mossbrucker. Alex has devoted his life to protecting elephants in Sumatra and is looking forward to exploring the plight of the Asian elephant in Laos. Alex will be travelling with us and can give you great insight into the world of elephant conservation.

Bio

Dr. Alexander Markus MoŸbrucker (alternative spelling of last name: Mossbrucker) is a German born nature enthusiast with a strong interest in wildlife conservation and biology. Alex studied Biology in Hamburg (Germany), Santiago de Veraguas (Panama), Konstanz (Germany) and Freiburg (Germany), and Forestry Science in Yogyakarta (Indonesia). In 2008 he visited Sumatra for the first time to study elephants in the Bukit Tigapuluh Landscape. In the following decade, Alex spent most of his time on the island, working with and for Frankfurt Zoological Society as a researcher and project leader. Much of his professional career over the past years has focused on ranger patrol management, wildlife monitoring, and human-wildlife conflict management. Alex is the founder and president of the Sumatran Elephant Conservation Initiative (SECI) and currently works for International Elephant Project (IEP) as IEP´s field manager.

EXPEDITION GOALS 
Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience, to observe wild tropical biodiversity in their natural habitat. We will provide you with a safe platform to observe many rare and unique species of wildlife throughout Laos. We will also provide you with comprehensive information about the destination you are in so that you are fully informed of your surrounds prior, during and following your expedition. 

Furthermore, Orangutan Odysseys has partnered up with the International Elephant Project which supports conservation programs in Laos - so travelling with us you are directly supporting their conservation efforts and environmental programs. And finally by supporting ethical and eco-tourism you are helping support the locals and the environment. 

HIGHLIGHTS

ITINERARY

10 days: 21st to 30th October 2022

Day 1 -21 Oct: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Today you will arrive in Bangkok, Thailand. You will be met at the airport on arrival transfer to a local hotel for overnight. Tour briefing over dinner.

Day 2 - 22 Oct: Bangkok - Luang Prabang (Laos)
Today will start with an early morning flight to Luang Prabang. Pick on arrival by a local guide (English speaking) and private AC minibus to start our local cultural tour. Lunch at local restaurant and afternoon check-in at our hotel followed by dinner and a visit to the night markets.

Day 3 - 23 Oct: Luang Prabang
Today we take a trip to Tat Kuang Si waterfalls and have lunch. This Afternoon we will take a Mekong river cruise at sunset. Return to town and overnight at our hotel. B,L,D.

Day 4 - 24 Oct: Luang Prabang - Sayaboury
This morning we will depart our hotel at approximately 8:00 am and drive for around 2 and a half hours to ECC. We will arrive at 10:30 am and take a boat to the centre where will have an introduction and lunch. We will spend the afternoon and night at the centre. B,L,D.

Day 5 - 25 Oct: Sayaboury - Thongmixay
Today we will spend the morning at ECC and watch more activities at the centre. We will have lunch then transfer to Thongmixay to see the release site then drive approximately 4 to 5 hours to our guesthouse. B,L,D.

Day 6 - 26 Oct: Thongmixay
Today will be spent with the local ranger team learning about their work and trekking through the jungles to look for some of the "rewilded" elephants that are now living in the protected jungles. B,L,D.

Day 7 - 27 Oct: Thongmixay - Vanvieng
This morning after breakfast we will depart from our time with the elephants and travel through to the beautiful area on Vanvieng. This will take around 8 hours, on arrival we will check into our hotel and head to see the caves (if time allows). Overnight at Boutique Riverside. B.

Day 8 - 28 Oct: Vanvieng tours
Today, depending on weather conditions we will select from some of the tour options. B,L.

Day 9 - 29 Oct: Vanvieng. - Vientiane
This morning we will travel to the cave and lagoon, then depart to Vientiane (the capital city of Laos). The drive will be around 3 hours, on arrival we will check into our hotel then take a short tour of the city. We will have our final nights dinner at a local restaurant. B,L

Day 10 - 30 Oct: Vientiane - Bangkok
This morning we will transfer back to the airport for our return flights to Bangkok to meet your return flights home or continue with your travels. Tour ends. B.

Note: All arrangements on arrival in Bangkok by the client. Tour ends

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