Elephant Conservation Center

Elephant Conservation Center, Sayaboury: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Elephant Conservation Center Reviews: 5/5

Elephant Conservation Center

Elephant Conservation Center
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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 0800 Laos
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Rose G
Bucharest, Romania14 contributions
Incredible place
Oct 2020 • Friends
Amazing time at this conservation center. The work they are doing with elephants in Laos is extremely impressive, respecting the elephants, mahouts and natural environment. Highly recommend this - currently very challenging for them with Covid and they deserve all the support we can give. Great food, knowledgeable guides and very relaxing environment.
Written October 9, 2020
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Thank you for your kind words. We are very happy to learn that you had a great stay. We hope to welcome you again. The ECC team.
Written October 12, 2020
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CanadianTraveller
11 contributions
Great Company Saving Elephants
Oct 2019
Adorable bungalows, beautiful hikes and, of course amazing rescued elephants. The guide assigend to our group was funny and very informative and that made for a trip of a lifetime!
Written June 28, 2020
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Thank you for your message. It is always appreciated when our valued guests share their feedback as it makes the service we provide even more worthwhile. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us (@elephantconservationcenter). We look forward to welcoming you back at the Center in the near future. Take care, stay safe.
Written October 12, 2020
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Peanutgalleryontour
14 contributions
Incredible memories from an incredible place run by passionate professionals
Jun 2020 • Family
We - a family of 5 with 3 kids aged 10, 7 & 7- spent a truly wonderful and special 3 days at the ECC. We learned so much, and the team is not only highly competent, but also their passion and love and conviction about your mission transpires from everyone. They truly spread the joy.
The food was absolutely delicious, too. We realize that we got extra lucky to have the centre and the whole team to ourselves - they opened it just as the lockdown was lifted and so we got extra spoiled with two great guides, Mr Lar and Mr Bee - the latter with an incredible handiwork talent with bamboo magically transforming sticks into hair jewelery, pop guns and jars for the kids -, as well as Mr Kan the experienced and passionately knowledgable vet assistant, the mahouts who so joyfully and lovingly take care of their elephant, Anabel the biologist with whom we would have loved to spend even more time peppering her with questions and of course our hosts Anthony and the lovely team around the restaurant.
The children and us had a wonderful time exploring the grounds and kayaking on the gorgeous lake which we did every morning and afternoon. The bungalows are very comfortable, with lovely hammocks to relax in and the whole place is spic and span clean. There are darts and a swing and games for the whole family.
We left with a lot of precious memories - we really felt like we knew the elephants we got to “hang out” with and their personalities by the time we left - thank you so much to the great ECC team!
Written June 7, 2020
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We appreciate you taking the time to share this wonderful review. It’s lovely to read that all aspects of your experience were up to expectations. We hope to host you again at the Elephant Conservation Center. In the meantime, do stay in touch with us through our Facebook page; you can find us under elephantconservationlaos. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us (@elephantconservationcenter). Thank you once again for your great feedback which will be shared with the team.
Written October 12, 2020
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vdaneu
Albufeira, Portugal3 contributions
Best elephant camp/center we have visited so far
Jan 2020
It is now the second time that we have visited the EEC. The elephant conservation center is located in a wonderful landscape right next to a large beautiful lake. We decided to visit the EEC a second time since we are fully convinced of the project and its efforts to give the elephants an appropriate home keeping human interference to a minimum. Nevertheless we enjoyed a well balanced and diverse program including elephant bathing, walking with the elephants, watching them beeing treated at the "elephant hospital" and more. We stayed for 2 nights / 3 days. The EEC is worth a visit !
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you for your continued support. What a great motivation for our team to welcome our guests several times. It is proof you spent a great time and also that you trust our conservation work. Thanks again and we hope to welcome you again to show you what we've done since your last visit! Cheers, Celine
Written October 12, 2020
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amparis75
Paris, France8 contributions
The best place to observe and learn about elephants
Feb 2020 • Couples
The team at the Elephant Conservation Center is passionately committed to saving elephants in Laos and in particular breeding to increase the population. It was a wonderful experience to learn more about these awe-inspiring creatures. We had a great afternoon and morning observing elephants as they bathe, eat and socialize, and learning much about the challenges of keeping them healthy and able to reproduce. Elephants have had a difficult period in Laos as slaves to logging companies (thankfully stopped now), and it is a joy to see them at peace and even happy at the center. I highly recommend a visit to the center. The food is local and tasty, also! (though it could be spicier...)
Written February 7, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your lovely review! We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience at our conservation center! Kind regards, The ECC Team
Written February 12, 2020
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Annie-Claude D
Whitehorse5 contributions
I had high expectations. They were all surpassed!
Jan 2020 • Family
What an amazing experience we had at the centre! We received a great amount of information we received about the elephants, the mahouts, and their difficult situation here in Laos. Visiting the facilities helped us understand the work done by ECC and why it’s so important. The staff was amazing and very knowledgeable. Seeing the elephants bathing, playing, and talking a walk with them before wishing them good night was a truly amazing and unforgettable experience.

The facilities for guests were lovely. Nice little bamboo bungalows, all with a view on the lake and a hammock, with clean shared shower. The bed was probably the most comfortable we’ve had in Laos! The food was delicious and the staff was friendly.

It’s such a nice place, I wish I had booked an extra night to enjoy more of the elephants but also the very relaxed atmosphere of the property. One night was way too short. Also, the website doesn’t do it justice.

We took the bus from Sainyabuli to Vang Vieng, it’s not included in the price but good to know for those who don’t want to go back to Luang Prabang. It’s a new road and doesn’t show up on Google maps yet.
Written January 15, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your nice review! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at our elephant conservation center. We are currently working on a new website, which will truly transmit the experience we have to offer here. Thanks again, The ECC Team
Written January 24, 2020
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katisaun
Toronto, Canada103 contributions
A unique experience
Dec 2019
As quoted on the ECC brochure, "...the elephants are not here for you. You are here for them." This centre may be unique in Asia, as it is a sanctuary where rescued elephants who have been worked in the logging and tourist industries are rehabilitated with the intent of returning them to protected natural areas. The centre is located in a beautiful natural area of 530 hectares, and provides the only elephant hospital in Laos, a socialization area where the elephants learn to develop social relationships with each other, and an enrichment area where they develop food gathering and problem-solving skills. The centre has already restored 5 elephants to a protected area where they are successfully reintegrating into the wild.

A trip to the centre involves a 2 hour trip by minivan to the dock outside Sayaboury where a barge takes you to the camp. Accommodation is in lovely well-equipped bungalows with clean shared washroom facilities and hot showers. The food is good, with vegetarian options. Each group has a guide, and our days were full of activities hiking and boating to the different areas and programs for the elephants, and visiting the museum and the hospital, and attending a conservation talk. There were opportunities to chat with resident and visiting researchers about all things elephant. We had enough free time to do a bit of relaxing in the hammock on our porch, and swimming and kayaking in the lake.

We came away inspired and educated by the work that the ECC is doing, and by the elephants themselves, of course! Because there are over 30 resident elephants, much of our time there was spent observing them in a variety of situations, living their natural elephant lives.

The ECC is primarily funded by the tourists who come to stay, learn about, and observe the elephants. This is exactly the kind of project that I'm more than happy to support when I travel.
Written January 12, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your great review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our elephant conservation center! Kind regards, The ECC Team
Written January 24, 2020
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Beautifull Planet
Le Mans City, France8 contributions
7 days, magic time back to nature, amazing team !
Nov 2019 • Couples
We felt so lucky to be there, far away from « civilisation », deconnected, so close from nature, amazed by the elephants, following them, changing our rythm to fit them, walking in the forest or going by boat to discover other territories.
We also loved at the end of the day, kayaking around the islands on the lac and swimming ...
A piece of paradise for visitons and elephants and an incredible investment for all the ECCTeam. They did not only saved 34 captif elephants to give them a better life. They also have serious and scientific programs for Laos elephants in the future.

Thank you to :
- MR Su, our guide for the first 3 days and Mr Bi for the 4 volunteer days, so nice and funny. Easy english to understand.
- Morgane, our Hability Manager, her efficency and enthusiasm
- Céline et Anthony for all the additionnal informations and for fun and nice evening we had at the bar. We really appreciate Laos Beer 🍺and the cocktails 🍹
- the team of cooks for the good and healthy food and kindness
- the clearing team everywhere in action

It was also the opportunity to meet and spend 7 days with other visitors, a very goog team !

We will be back !!
Written January 11, 2020
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Hello, Thank you very much for your lovely review! We are happy that you had such a nice experience here. Thanks again, The ECC Team
Written January 24, 2020
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gallavardin
Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville, Vietnam6 contributions
Facinating and relaxing stay at ECC
Dec 2019
First, I would like to say that the ECC Team is really nice and welcoming, even if they receive visitors every days. It is like a family atmosphere during the time of your stay.
Then, I would like to say that ECC is really the best place if you like Elephant and want to see them, but respecting their wildlife... The goals of ECC are really consistent as they are working to preserve the Forest (main cause of elephant extinction) and breeding program (to save Asia elephants). It makes all the difference as they target the right goals!
Then, the place is amazing with the beautiful lake, the sustainable bungalows and all the visits and explanations about elephant and Lao wildlife! Highly recommended...
Written January 9, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your kind review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and learning about the different projects we have here. Kind regards, The ECC Team
Written January 24, 2020
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Chloé G
2 contributions
Amazing
Nov 2019
We spent 2 days in the center, but it was Wonderful we regret to not spent more time.
It is exactly that the earth need currently. Respect of the animal, of the earth ! I can only recommend it !!
Written January 6, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards, The ECC Team
Written January 24, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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