Located: in the north western of Laos.
Total area: 16,389 square kilometers.
10 Districts: Xayabouly, Khop, Hongsa, Neun, Xienghone, Phiang, Paklai, Kenehao, Botene and Thongmyxay.
Sayabouly Province is situated in the northwest of Laos , sharing borders with Vientiane Province and Luang Prabang Province in the east, and Thailand in the west. This mountainous province has several peaks with altitudes of more than 1000 meters. Travel to this rugged landscape will reveal many beautiful mountains and flower gardens. The local people earn their living via agricultural products such as growing rice, cucumbers, cotton, cabbage, beans and sugarcane. Elephant continue to be used for loading and transporting heavy items.
The Elephant Festival
17-18 February 2007
Hongsa, Sayabouly Provine
The district of Hongsa, and Viengkeo village in particular, have always been famous for elephants. The expert training and handling capabilities of local mahouts have made Hongsa the focal point of Lao elephant-lore. In Hongsa, elephants are sacred. They have been man’s best friend since time immemorial. Traditionally used for work in the forest, these magnificent animals are now looking forward to meeting you at this first elephant festival, giving you the chance to discover the riches and marvels of the cultural and natural world surrounding them. Who could pretend to have visited Laos, the “Land of a Million Elephants”, without meeting one of these superb animals? So, come and meet the elephants and their masters at the Elephant Festival...