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Elephant Conservation Center

#1 of 1 things to do in Sayaboury Features Animals
Nam Tien Protected Area | Sayaboury, Sayaboury, Laos
+856 20 96 590 665
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A memorable experience and wonderful example of respect for nature

The ECC is a fabulous experience for children of all ages as well as adults. This is conservation... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
Great experience

I wasn't sure what to expect on this trip, but it was a real experience, there's no riding or... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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The Elephant Conservation Center marks a new era for conservation of the Asian elephant within the Lao PDR and offers a unique experience to visitors wishing to contribute towards the preservation of an endangered species. The first of its kind in Laos, the Center is not another elephant camp but an innovative approach that combines conservation of an endangered species with eco-tourism. Minimum stay is overnight, however we recommend our 2 nights package to experience all the activities and truly enjoy this tranquil part of the world. Volunteer experiences, 6 nights/7 days are also available. Now we have our own minivan departing Luang Prabang daily at 8am and it takes you back the following day or days arriving Luang Prabang 4.30pm. It is only a 2 hour journey from Luang Prabang, Laos' UNESCO World Heritage listed town.
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Nam Tien Protected Area | Sayaboury, Sayaboury, Laos
+856 20 96 590 665
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The ECC is a fabulous experience for children of all ages as well as adults. This is conservation at its best! This is NOT an "amusement park." The elephants are cared for, not ridden, and they provide a learning experience. The accommodations are comfortably rustic...More

Thank EliIllinois
Reviewed 6 days ago

I wasn't sure what to expect on this trip, but it was a real experience, there's no riding or washing of elephants but you get to feed them and get real close up in their own environment. The staff are very helpful and informative and...More

Thank tracyjgreaves
Reviewed 1 week ago

Searching for a place to see and learn about elephants without risking bad treatment of the animals, the ECC was the perfect place to go to. We had initially planned to stay for 2 days/1 night but ended up extending our stay and then stayed...More

1  Thank sgansch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visites the EEC with our three kids and consider it as a fantastic experience. EEC staff is extremely friendly and helpful both in the Luang Prabang office as well as at the Center in Sayabouri. Don't expect WiFi, aircon and 24/7 electricity nor rides...More

Thank mvanvelzen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is the only option how to help elephants in Laos. Unlike the other camps, they are really doing something for those beautiful giants. This is not a touristic attraction, where yiu ride elephants. Riding elephants is actually hurting them and the places providing...More

Thank Aneta B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just returned from the 2 day 1 night stay at ECC and it was amazing. The team of people here are passionate about the wellbeing of the elephants and the information they pass onto visitors is detailed. The bungalows, though basic, were comfortable...More

Thank Brizziana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We volunteered for a week at ECC, but started with the standard 3 days/ 2 nights tour. This place definitely has elephant well-being at heart, is professionally run, and gives visitors a truly unique experience. All elephants are observed from a distance, during socialising or...More

Thank airvent1110
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The experience is truly immersive. Stayed 3 days 2 nights and did not want to leave. The program is well thought out with equal focus on guest's experience and the elephant's well being. The mahouts and guides were fantastic, in-tuned with the animal's moods and...More

Thank OliveGoh
Reviewed 3 May 2017

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...More

2  Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Before I arrived, I wondered whether this place could really live up to the incredible reviews. Straight away I realised it could. From the well organised transfer from LPB, to the incredible views arriving by boat, to the wonderful guides and staff, and of course...More

1  Thank Kerrie B
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2 August 2017|
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Response from Brizziana | Reviewed this property |
I think the 1 night 2 days was fine. You get to spend quite a bit of time with the elephants. You'll love it.
13 March 2017|
Response from DouglasKing425 | Reviewed this property |
First of all, this was the best thing on our trip, and it had several highlights. I had the same question you have before I went. ( we were there a couple weeks ago) If they have not updated their website it seems as if... More
Carole M
19 February 2017|
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Response from Thomas W | Reviewed this property |
You will not be able to ride elephants there. In this Conservation Centre they work hard to re-introduce elephants in their natural habitant and to teach them to become .... elephants again. Riding elephants should be banned... More