I recently visited the Elephant Conservation Centre in Xaiaboury province in Laos and can only wish I'd gone sooner and stayed for longer! After a quick visit to the Elephant Nature Park north of Chiang Mai in Thailand last year, I was slightly apprehensive of these large animals, but my three day visit to the ECC totally transformed my attitude towards these gentle giants. The elephants are wonderful, the staff are clearly loving the elephants and enjoying their work - no better place to take a few days and enjoy being a part of the elephants' daily life.
The centre is easy enough to get to either from Vientiane (two flights weekly with Lao Air) or Luang Prabang (by bus). The bungalows are very nice and the food they served exceeded all expectations I generally have as a travelling vegetarian. Highly recommend visiting this place, and hope to go back soon myself.
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