Mr Kit, a boisterous elephant calf and resident of MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary & Tours, lives it up during bathing time in the Nam Khan River on the outskirts of Luang Prabang. Photo: Paul Wager

Elephant tourism in Laos: how one ecotourism start-up provides the entertainment without the exploitation

At MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary & Tours, visitors can walk with elephants, feed and splash them – but they can’t ride these retired work animals, whose back-breaking days of hefting heavy logs and howdahs full of tourists are over

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Mr Kit, a boisterous elephant calf and resident of MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary & Tours, lives it up during bathing time in the Nam Khan River on the outskirts of Luang Prabang. Photo: Paul Wager
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Tibor Krausz

Tibor Krausz

Tibor Krausz is a Bangkok-based journalist who has covered a wide variety of subjects from across Southeast Asia for The Christian Science Monitor, The Jerusalem Report, The Washington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald and many other publications.