Elephant Conservation Center

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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  • Stacey
    Newcastle, Australia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Conservation highly rated and wonderful place to experience elephants in Laos
    My husband and I highly recommend a visit to the ECC. It was the highlight of our travels through Laos. You can be assured of the high sustainability credentials of this facility. We had an incredible experience being up close with the elephants and seeing them in many different settings. Our guide Mr La was very knowledgeable, friendly and took care of us very well.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Lynda
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ethical elephant tourism
    The reason to come here is to learn about elephants, watch them interact with the mahouts and each other, and to know you are contributing to their welfare. You don't ride them, feed them or bathe them, but you have lots of opportunities to observe them, often close up. The accommodation is basic but clean and beautifully located on a ridge overlooking the lake. The staff are extremely helpful and meals are tasty and healthy
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Mar
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful project
    Nice project! High recommended, you will see elephants from far and from close, and doing different activities. (Don't touch or ride). You will also learn about them. Treckings to see them are easy, about 1h30 max, but i recommend to have good shoes because of mud (if raining) and a hat. Food is good , and Bungalows and place are beautiful. They have very nice staff who will take care of you. Thanks to Celine and her beautiful team. I will recommend it!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • CAROLE B
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highly recommended experience
    A truly fantastic experience. Accommodation small and basic but clean and perfect for the surroundings with fantastic views. Food was lovely. The guides were great - full of information and easy to talk to. The programme was set out well to enable the most contact with the elephants. This was like being in another world and was hard to leave.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Flick
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Follow the elephants
    We had a lovely time tracking and following the elephants over undulating hills and seeing them doing their daily routine of socialising, eating and swimming. The highlight was watching the adolescent elephant playing swimming and playing with her “aunty”, and with one of the babies. Su was a great guide. Very lovely and supportive. A lot of information is covered on the elephants. Accommodation is basic but provides everything you need - especially in the middle of nowhere. Food is lovely and also catered for vegetarians. We met a great group of people from all over the world. Great experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Nicole S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glorious time observing elephants do what elephants do
    This is a wonderful place where they do excellent work and the experience of being among the elephants is quite magical. I'd been to other ethical elephant places but this was something even better than them. There's a depth to your experience and also the sheer beauty of the place. I spent two nights and three days staying in a bungalow overlooking the lake, sharing meals with the interesting people visiting and working there. The staff are outstanding. Thank you so much, Mr La, for your fascinating information and insights. You were a great guide. I would have loved to have stayed longer but the person in the Centre office in Luang Prabang said it wasn't possible. Apparently she was mistaken. I was sad to leave. It really does have magic.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 13, 2023
  • NorthStar64183113299
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and educational experience!
    We decided to spend here Christmas night and what a great decision it was! We learned about the critical situation of elephants in Lao and why it’s important to protect them. The whole experience was based on observing the interactions of elephants and understanding their past and current situation. The bungalows are also very comfortable (they have electricity now) and the food provided was great. They even made a special dinner for Christmas :)
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 25, 2023
  • Mrtnww
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to see and learn about the elephants and the important conservation work being carried out to save them
    We spent a wonderful two nights at the centre. Watching the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the conservation work being carried out has been the highlight of our trip to Laos. The staff were amazing - knowledgeable, informative and very welcoming. The location was stunning, overlooking a lake, surrounded by nature. Good accommodation in thatched bungalows, and great food and company. There’s probably cheaper places to see elephants, but if you want to stay somewhere where you can really learn about the important work being carried out to save Laos’s elephants and where your visit supports this valuable conservation work then this is the place.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
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Rose G
Bucharest, Romania18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nicole S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is a wonderful place where they do excellent work and the experience of being among the elephants is quite magical. I'd been to other ethical elephant places but this was something even better than them. There's a depth to your experience and also the sheer beauty of the place. I spent two nights and three days staying in a bungalow overlooking the lake, sharing meals with the interesting people visiting and working there. The staff are outstanding. Thank you so much, Mr La, for your fascinating information and insights. You were a great guide. I would have loved to have stayed longer but the person in the Centre office in Luang Prabang said it wasn't possible. Apparently she was mistaken. I was sad to leave. It really does have magic.
Written December 14, 2023
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Mrtnww
Oxford38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We spent a wonderful two nights at the centre. Watching the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the conservation work being carried out has been the highlight of our trip to Laos.
The staff were amazing - knowledgeable, informative and very welcoming. The location was stunning, overlooking a lake, surrounded by nature. Good accommodation in thatched bungalows, and great food and company.
There’s probably cheaper places to see elephants, but if you want to stay somewhere where you can really learn about the important work being carried out to save Laos’s elephants and where your visit supports this valuable conservation work then this is the place.
Written January 25, 2024
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Mar
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nice project!
High recommended, you will see elephants from far and from close, and doing different activities. (Don't touch or ride). You will also learn about them.
Treckings to see them are easy, about 1h30 max, but i recommend to have good shoes because of mud (if raining) and a hat.
Food is good , and Bungalows and place are beautiful.
They have very nice staff who will take care of you.
Thanks to Celine and her beautiful team.
I will recommend it!
Written October 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Annie-Claude D
Whitehorse, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

amparis75
Paris, France13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Flick
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had a lovely time tracking and following the elephants over undulating hills and seeing them doing their daily routine of socialising, eating and swimming. The highlight was watching the adolescent elephant playing swimming and playing with her “aunty”, and with one of the babies.

Su was a great guide. Very lovely and supportive. A lot of information is covered on the elephants.

Accommodation is basic but provides everything you need - especially in the middle of nowhere.
Food is lovely and also catered for vegetarians.
We met a great group of people from all over the world.
Great experience.
Written November 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stacey
Newcastle, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My husband and I highly recommend a visit to the ECC. It was the highlight of our travels through Laos. You can be assured of the high sustainability credentials of this facility. We had an incredible experience being up close with the elephants and seeing them in many different settings. Our guide Mr La was very knowledgeable, friendly and took care of us very well.
Written June 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NorthStar64183113299
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We decided to spend here Christmas night and what a great decision it was! We learned about the critical situation of elephants in Lao and why it’s important to protect them.

The whole experience was based on observing the interactions of elephants and understanding their past and current situation.

The bungalows are also very comfortable (they have electricity now) and the food provided was great. They even made a special dinner for Christmas :)
Written December 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lynda
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The reason to come here is to learn about elephants, watch them interact with the mahouts and each other, and to know you are contributing to their welfare. You don't ride them, feed them or bathe them, but you have lots of opportunities to observe them, often close up. The accommodation is basic but clean and beautifully located on a ridge overlooking the lake. The staff are extremely helpful and meals are tasty and healthy
Written July 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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