Sanctuary Hotels & Resort Update: “Destination Pakbeng” and More

The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge is focusing on the “Destination Pakbeng” campaign in September, while naming a new manager for their Mekong Elephant Park.

From 18-20, the Sanctuary Team will be welcoming We Are Lao’s editor, to share all the highlights of Destination Pakbeng. Local tourism stake holders aim to transform the Mekong port from an overnight stop on the Houay Xay-Luang Prabang cruise into a full-blown tourist destination.

Sanctuary Hotels & Resorts points out that they and like-minded local businesses see opportunities in Pakbeng, and have a new vision for the destination. They have joined together to create activities and a travel map, and are shooting to take Pakbeng to a “whole new dimension”.

We Are Lao will also be visiting Sanctuary’s Mekong Elephant Park, which has named Wendy Legat as its new manager.   

“I have been passionate about animals and travel since my very early days,” Ms Legat said. “I have been living in Asia for seven years…from China to India and most recently Thailand.” Then, Laos entered the picture.

“Having come to Laos a few years ago to do an internship, I knew it was the country I wanted to live in, and wanted to come back. So when the opportunity came to manage the Mekong Elephant Park, I found my answer…a new career and personal enrichment.”

She concluded, “So here we landed in Pakbeng, my companion and I. He’s in charge of the Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge and I oversee our friendly pachyderms. We are happy to be here, embark on a new adventure, and ready to welcome you!”

Downriver, The Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel wishes to remind readers that the Boat Racing Festival is being held on 9 September with some of Luang Prabang’s finest rowing teams heading to the Nam Khan River to compete for this year’s title.

There will also be a market trade fair near the hotel on the 8th and the morning of the 9th. To book a room at The Sanctuary Luang Prabang for the event, click here.

The Sanctuary Nam Ngum Beach Resort has provided an update on the toll the heavy rains and high water levels.

The resort says it has greatly affected the area, and they have compassion and share prayers for the locals from neighbouring villages that are facing hard times. For those with concerns or who want more information, contact