I lived in Laos for a year, and visiting the Elephant Conservation Center was one of the most memorable trips I took. The setting is awesome! The small bamboo huts are quaint, and overlook a beautiful lake. Just sitting looking out across the water with the sun setting was sooo relaxing. The food was some of the best I'd experienced in Laos. The staff were wonderfully friendly. But getting up close and personal to the stars of the show, the elephants, was just the best. I learned all about these might creatures and also, sadly about the exploitation of them. I saw two baby elephants and had the privilege of viewing one of them suckling from it's mother. That was one of the top experiences of my life! I could have stayed way longer than the few nights I was there, very happily. I would definitely recommend this experience of a lifetime!