Whilst in Luang Prabang, we decided to visit an elephant sanctuary, so along with Fran and Graham, we headed to Elephant Village Sanctuary & Camp. Our guide for the two days was Joy, or as we like to call him, Peewee. He was tiny, bless him, but always lived up to his Joy name and never stopped smiling. Once there we got on our elephant Mae Cot, along with our Mahout (elephant trainer) Mr Pan, and took a stroll along the river. Rachel would be happy to admit she was petrified, but on the other hand, I took to it like a duck to water. Armed with a red umbrella (as it was bloody hot out there) we strolled through the river and jungle for a blissful hour. Back at 'camp' we began our Mahout training. First step, get on the elephant, easier said than done. Hoisting yourself up while standing on the elephant's knee and pulling on their ear - tough especially with our big bums. Next step, command the elephant. Easy! Except when the Mahout tells the elephant to run and you mix up the words for stop and go. Finally, getting off the elephant. Ladies there just isn't an elegant way to exit, its bum first and drop, just pray to god you land on your feet. After spot of lunch and a quick visit to the monkey hospital at the camps entrance, where we found one sole occupant, a young male monkey that spent his time masturbating and committing fallacy on himself. Nice ;( We took a trip on a long boat to Todsea Waterfall. Beautiful but FREEZING!! Graham enjoyed dunking our heads under the water. Returning to the camp we meet up with our elephants and rode them through the jungle to put them to bed for the night. Then it was a quick dip in the swimming pool and a bite to eat before we headed to our lodge for the night - A challenge in itself when its pitch black and you're on a long boat. To round the evening off a few beerlao's (much to the annoyance of our fellow lodgers) and Graham and Fran performed a few animal tricks. Firstly Graham perform a magic trick on a Gecko, "now you see him, now you don't", well only his tail as the poor gecko jumped for his life over the side of the balcony leaving behind his tail. Next Fran decided to set fire to a stick insect….Don't ask. Good news the stick insect got out in one piece. In the morning we collected 'our' elephants from the jungle and took them for a morning bath (along with ourselves). The animals are so elegant and beautiful, it was a wonderful experience but you do come away feeling bad they have to carry us around. Back at Luang Probang we went to the night market which is full of local arts and crafts, handmade clothes, tea and coffee and other beautiful things. Just watch your head if you're tall like me, the stall covers are on the short side (like everything else here).