Elephant festival 2008

Discussion in 'Laos - General Discussion Forum' started by Auke, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer

    Just in from the Vientiane Times of today:

    Big crowd expected at next Elephant Festival

    Organisers of next year's Elephant Festival, to be held in February, expect more than 15,000 visitors to attend the parade of 70 elephants in Paklai district, Xayaboury province.

    During the first Elephant Festival, held over two days in February this year in Hongsa district of Xayaboury province, close to 50 elephants took part, mostly from Viengkeo village, the largest population centre in Hongsa district, and more than 10,000 local and foreign visitors attended the event.

    Next year's festival will run for three days, from February 15 to 17, as a joint project between ElefantAsia and the Lao National Tourism Administration.

    “Our first festival was such a success, and attracted so many people, that we decided to make it a three-day event next year,” said ElefantAsia's Programme Manager, Mr Sebastien Duffillot, at a press conference at the Lao Journalists' Association yesterday.

    “The event will not only aim to raise awareness of the importance of protecting elephants, but also to promote tourism and benefit local villagers, who will prepare home-stays, food and local products to sell to visitors,” he said, adding that the festival's primary purpose was to rekindle an interest in elephants, and to encourage their care and preservation.

    During the festival, visitors will be able to take elephant rides around the village and explore the natural surroundings. Trainers will demonstrate how elephants take part in logging projects, and there will also be a short circus performance .

    The 70 elephants will be blessed by monks in a traditional baci ceremony, and experts from organisations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society will give a lecture on elephant conservation.

    Gender awareness will also be taken into consideration. “There was a competition last year to select three male elephants as the most gentle and friendly, but this year both female and male elephants will be chosen,” Mr Duffillot said.

    Visitors can travel to the festival site by boat and bus from Vientiane and from Luang Prabang province, and 12 guesthouses will be available, as well as home-stay accommodation costing 25,000 kip a night.
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  3. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    As i have a Plated Bike Now i would be Keen if any others want to go from Chiang Mai? Make a Trip of it through Laos, Go in Chang Kong and out Vientiane maybe? I am open to Suggestions.
  4. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    Here's last years links for those that may be interested..........


    It was an interesting trip, but they really didn't have near the number of elephants as they claimed. Also you need to get reservations in early for guesthouses or else do the homestay which isn't bad either.

    Davidfl didn't enjoy it much, but hopefully this year will be better.

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