Elephant Conservation Center, Sayaboury

4.8
#3 of 29 in Wildlife in Laos
A true passion and love for animals drives Elephant Conservation Center, which allows visitors to get in touch with elephants, observing their routine and learning about them through educational tours and volunteer work. Launched in 2011, the center is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the endangered Asian elephant, the national animal of Laos. The complex contains several medical and rehabilition facilities; you can witness elephants recovering in the training center, or visit the hospital. Spend a night in a small bungalow and join the team to get a greater insight in the life of the gentle giants, with the center providing stays of one or more nights. To visit Elephant Conservation Center and other attractions in Sayaboury, use our Sayaboury route maker site .
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  • This is an absolute must for all travelers to Laos. Watching the elephants in such a large natural environment is amazing. The facility is not about riding elephants, it's all about preserving and hop...  more »
  • We were very impressed by this visit: a lot of pedagogy, a beautiful setting. I could listen to for hours and hours Annabelle, I watched a few videos with interest and was especially struck by one on an old mahout and his relationship with elephants. An exciting experience.
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  • I feel overwhelmed to even write a review about the extraordinary, and for me, life-changing, time I had on a 2day/1 night stay at Elephant Conservation Center. I hardly know where to begin. I could h...  more »
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  • Fantastic centre. Basic but comfortable accommodation. Good food. Good guides and a great educational program for visitors. A bit more expensive than some other options in Laos but well worth it to use your holiday to contribute to the conservation efforts
  • If you are looking to the possibility to see elephants, this is the right choice. It is also the right choice if you are willing to to something good for this animals and the environment. Do not choose the "elephants riding" proposes by all touristic agency. You have no idea what happens to this animals -in via d'estinzione in those places.. At ECC you will understand a lot about those beautiful pachiderms in a good way, and you can help their amazing project to save them. You will be happy to spend those 200$+ for the 2+ days. If you are in Laos you cannot miss it. Two days really worth the trip, and you will be sad not to have more time to spend there. If you are a biologist or veterinary, cantact them, they will be happy to get some support for their big aim. Appreciate the experience and the chance given to help as a little person.
  • Superb place with an awesome crew. Way better than a common elephant camp. Important: no riding policy!
  • Save the elefants . It's Worth it
  • Our stay at the Elephant Conservation Center was remarkable! We spent a long time searching around Luang Prabang for the "Elephant" experience that was the most eco-friendly, caring and respectful of the animals. As soon as we set foot in their office (say hi to Celine), we knew that ECC was the one : rather than taking the elephants away from their natural home to us, they took us to them. We joined the 3D/2N Exploration program and, two days later, off we left to see our first (baby) elephant and so many more giants! The location is a wonderful forested peninsula diving into a lake - where we got the chance to watch the elephants bath. Accommodation is in cute bamboo bungalows with private terrace. The staff is always ready to help and the cooks prepare amazing food! During our free time, we could enjoy a beer in their restaurant, go kayaking or enjoy the sunset. We even played 'pétanque' and partied with the guides/mahouts at the end of the day. This center is different from most sanctuaries and camps we've seen: their goal is the conservation of the Asian elephant. Through multiple projects (nursery, baby bonus, hospital, socialization, enrichment...), the ECC tries to re-herd the elephants and make them "wild" again - in the hope they can breed again. We were so satisfied with our experience that we decided to stay a couple of days to volunteer! Thank you the Elephant Conservation Program, especially Céline and Anthony for their warm welcome. Keep on the awesome work!

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You can find some hotels and guesthouses in Sayabouru, mostly budget-friendly establishments with central locations, private bathrooms, and hot water available. Another option is to stay in Luang Prabang, which boasts a larger variety of lodgings from which you can organize day trips around the area.
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