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Elephant Conservation Center

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Nam Tien Protected Area | Sayaboury, Sayaboury, Laos
+856 20 96 590 665
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This place was the highlight of our SE Asian trip. It was wonderful to move at the pace of the... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Outstanding experience with elephants in their natural environment

ECC is taking care of former captive elephants and integrating them in a natural environment where... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Berlin, Germany
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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 15 October 2017

This place was the highlight of our SE Asian trip. It was wonderful to move at the pace of the elephants in their natural environment. The accommodation is basic but spectacular at the same time. Waking up early and spending time on the chalet porch...More

Thank Frost67
Reviewed 14 October 2017

ECC is taking care of former captive elephants and integrating them in a natural environment where they can enjoy the jungle and the interaction with other elephants. The access to the center is by boat and the landscape is impressive from the very beginning ....More

Thank DarioCab
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Just back to civilization after 3 amazing days, and missing the place already! Great to see a set-up that is really putting the elephants first, rather than us tourists. That said it was really enjoyable few days and very educational. The whole team is clearly...More

Thank Laino72
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Very different from the other "entertaining elephant camps", this place is devoted to rescue and protect elephants in Laos! During the 2 days/1 night package, you get to learn a lot about elephants, observe them in their natural habitat and in their interaction with their...More

Thank Grégoire L
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This is anincredible way to get up close interactions with these beautiful animals in a responsible, eco-tourism friendly way.

1  Thank Katie D
Reviewed 17 August 2017

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 15 August 2017

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 10 August 2017

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 3 August 2017 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 1 August 2017 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
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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|
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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