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Today, the grand finale from Le Comte!

Today, pictures from valued commenter Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes.

This was my favorite set of photos. We got to go to a sanctuary for elephants rescued from illegal logging operations – it is called Elephant Village, and they do amazing work on behalf of mistreated elephants.

I felt like it was a movie set

Taken on 2018-01-21

Luang Prabang

Each direction, the views were stunning

Elephants in Water

Taken on 2018-01-21

Luang Prabang

I was nervous, knowing I’d be riding one bareback!

Nothing More be Said

Taken on 2018-01-21

Luang Prabang

Who wouldn’t love that?

That’s me on the left

Taken on 2018-01-21

Luang Prabang

They don’t use saddles due to discomfort for the elephant. You ride astraddle the neck, have a few basic Laotian commands and keep your hands on her head.

It’s a long way down!

Our Group

Taken on 2018-01-21

Luang Prabang

Everybody did great, even in the river!

There was no escaping the views

Taken on 2018-01-21

Luang Prabang

Country Splendor


Taken on 2018-01-21

Luang Prabang

These little guys were super friendly


Thank you so much Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes, do send us more when you can.


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I’ve really enjoyed this series of photos from Le Comte, and elephants are a wonderful finale! Thank you so much.

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    rikyrah says:

    Those really look like they should be on postcards😄

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Wow, gorgeous landscape! Looks like your elephant went through some fairly deep water. Were you aboard at the time? How does one “steer” an elephant?

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    Mary G says:

    Jealous! I love elephants. Yashar Ali’s twitter has gotten me hooked on the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rescues baby elephants in Kenya who are orphaned due to poaching or drought. They nurse them back to health with milk bottles and greens, taking them out to the forest in the afternoon for mud baths and adventures.

    Eventually they leave to join wild herds, though they often come back to visit or show off their own babies. They all have different personalities and are quite engaging. Here’s one rescue story.

    Laos does look beautiful. Thanks for letting us share your photos, Comte.

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    She went through water up to nearly my feet. I steered her using four basic commands in Lao – which she did instantly. She was a good girl, but that took some water out of me – my shirt was drenched with sweat from nervousness.

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    satby says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes: great pictures! We weren’t allowed to ride the elephants at our sanctuary in Thailand, only the mahoots did, but we went into the river with them to bathe them.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes: Understandable! That’s an incredibly powerful critter!

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    LAO says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes: Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing, starting the day with elephants makes me smile.

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    Waratah says:

    Thank you Le Comte I have enjoyed all your photos this trip. When I watched the video I noticed one of the guides riding with a lady was using his feet like a horse rider to guide the elephant.

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    J R in WV says:

    Amazing, a true bucket list adventure!! Jealous of the elephant adventure… Great photos of an unbelievable experience!!

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