If you have time, this is a wonderful place to visit while supporting a worthwhile cause! The sanctuary is part of the NGO Free the Bears, which also has a smaller site near the main waterfall here, and sites in Vietnam and Cambodia.
This site was created more recently because they needed much more space for the Moon and Sun bears, as well as the other animals they’ve also rescued. The animals look happy and well taken care of, and have lots of space - yet this three hour encounter allows for very intimate interaction.
Our guide, Mr. Sone, was not only knowledgeable about both the animals and organization, he was also so passionate about his job! You are not rushed, but have time to really get up close and observe. It was wonderful!
Be prepared for a 45-60 minute drive over bumpy roads, however, you’re also getting to see mountain life outside the city. You DO need a reservation for this tour so they can arrange a guide - another member of my tour learned that the hard way when he just showed up two days earlier… and had to come back.
This is an educational, interesting, and just plain fun activity while in Luang Prabang, I highly recommend!