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Elephant Conservation Center

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Address: Nam Tien Protected Area | Sayaboury, Sayaboury, Laos
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+856 20 96 590 665
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Thr Elephant Conservation Center markds a new era for conservation of the...

Thr Elephant Conservation Center markds 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 night 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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Fantastic way to see elephants in Laos

This is the most authentic elephant experience you'll find in Laos. A true conservatory - although you won't get elephant rides, you'll learn more about elephants, their biology... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is the most authentic elephant experience you'll find in Laos. A true conservatory - although you won't get elephant rides, you'll learn more about elephants, their biology and how they interact than anywhere else. This includes seeing elephants bathe, feeding them and watching them in natural habitat. Good quality rooms (although you don't spend much time in them). Great... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

If you ever pass by Laos, please visit the Elephant Conservation Center in the province of Sayaburi. There are doing their best to offer elephants a safe haven far from the logging industy. It is also the only place in Laos where tourists can interact with the elephants in the most respectful way for these amazing creatures. People do not... More 

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Alnwick, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Just returned from the 2 day/1 night experience with our three young children. Had an amazing time. Truly fantastic. See the elephants in their natural environment. Interact with them on their terms. Once in a lifetime experience. If you want to ride an elephant, and do the tourist thing, this is not for you. This is a centre where elephants... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I fully enjoyed the 2 nights / 3 days package offered by the ECC. The balance between being able to observe the elephants and learn about them was very good. Certainly an experience of a lifetime and in a very small way an opportunity to give something back. Aside from the elephants and their set up, the location has a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Elephant encounters in an elephant friendly way. No riding or bathing just let the elephants be elephants. You do have plenty close encounters and learn all you want to know about these majestic animals. You meet the elephants and their mahouts and the activities are for all ages. The accommodation is clean and the view is stunning overlooking the lake.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

A great combination of education with close up elephant experience. The staff were wonderful in a setting where these majestic creatures are treated with great love and respect and allowed to be elephants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

We went to the ECC and spent one week there for volunteering. It was like a short trip to a hidden paradise. The location is so remote that you actually don`t have so much people around (except the troop of the ECC and the other tourists here, which is not so much). The fact that there is no WIFI made... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

If you're looking for a TRUE conservation center, pack your bags and head to ECC. Skip all the typical tourist trap stuff they offer at most of the other elephant spots. Not only is it in a gorgeous location, but they are really doing what they say for the elephant's. You will have a chance to observe them as they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

The food is great, the bungalows are great, the staff is extremely friendly, you get to actually experience elephants in a way that doesn't harm them. 10/10 would recommend to anybody.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

I researched the ECC whilst at home and before I even got to Laos knew that's where I wanted to go! I stayed for the one week volunteer programme and had the best week of my entire time travelling! I did the first 2 days like any visitor would. We were shown the various projects run by the centre to... More 

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