OFFROAD LAOS ADVENTURE reporters went to the Sayabouly Elephant Festival located 110 km away from Luang Prabang, Laos. They pitched their tents, ate grasshoppers and made a video for you of this memorable weekend!

Laos SAYABOULY ELEPHANT FESTIVAL draws a significance of the endangered Asian elephants which has an essential part of Lao people’s heritage, culture, agriculture and livelihood. The celebration takes place at the Sayabouly Province during the month of mid-February. More than 80,000 local and international people gather together and experience the procession of the thousands of elephants.

Before the day of the SAYABOULY ELEPHANT FESTIVAL, these elephants underwent on their own make over to look blooming and fresh during the parade. These elephants are blessed by the monks through a back ceremony. Tons of entertainments such as pachyderm, musical plays, dance performances, films and fireworks displays. The most awaited part of the festival is the crowning of the “Elephant of the Year” award.

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Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more then fifteen years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain and Bali. He spends most of his time in Asia. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of several Asian cultures and people. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories and articles for travel magazines. Follow Thomas on

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