PHA PHO VILLAGE
Pha Pho Village is regionally known as having skilled elephant tamers, with a long tradition of elephant domestication for the purpose of using elephants to work in forest and fields. This tradition has been falling out of practice, however, as the availability of wild elephants has been dramatically reduced due to habitat loss and, in fact, it is now forbidden to domesticate elephants who reside inside the Xe Pian NPA.
Ban Pha Pho to this day still has a few domesticated elephants and offers elephant rides to tourists who make the journey to their village. The village is located approximately 21 km down the road from the more popular Kiet Ngong Village. Elephant rides take you to nearby wetlands, jungles and rocky outcrops inside Xe Pian NPA, as well as to the Dong Houa Sao NPA corridor known to have an endangered population of gibbons. Elephant rides can be booked at the guest house located in the village. Please, understand that upon arrival it may take some time for the elephants to get ready for your trip, as they may be out in the forest grabbing a bite to eat or helping out their human kind in the fields.
How to get there: From Km48 at Route 13 (south of Pakse on the way to Don Khong/4000 Islands), take the dirt road all the way down, passing the turn off to Kiet Ngong 8 kilometres on your right, until you reach the three way intersection about another 7 kilometres from the Kiet Ngong turnoff. Here you will see a sign for the Pha Pho guest house with a drawing of an elephant and you turn right (going straight takes you to Attapeu on Route 18). Go about another 7 kilometres on the dirt road and you will arrive at Ban Pha Pho.