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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

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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5 Star Ethics

Did a 2 day, 1 night stay here with the ECC. They have to be the gold standard for ethics in the Elephant Tourism business. They seriously care about these animals and have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Graeme S
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did a 2 day, 1 night stay here with the ECC. They have to be the gold standard for ethics in the Elephant Tourism business. They seriously care about these animals and have thought carefully about the issues ahead. Great explanations on animal health, captive vs wild elephants, socialisation, and eating. No you won't ride one or bathe with them... More 

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just came home from my week at the ECC and to be quite honest, I am home-sick to return. In hopes I do not sound too melodramatic, I have an ache in my heart. My experience as a volunteer has impacted me in ways I didn't imagine. Being able to help Bua Bahn's mahout carry food each morning and... More 

Thank Trisha B
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

An ethical place where elephants are treated with the love, care and respect they deserve. I loved my visit to the ECC. I stayed for 2 days in the center and the overall experience was truly magical. The cost might seem a bit high but belive me it's worth every cent, additionally you contribute to a great cause. Highly recommended!

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Management response:

Dear ellaslomian, Thank you very much for taking your time to write this review, it means a lot to us! We hope next time you can stay for the 3 day program at the Elephant Conservation Center. If you have any other questions regarding elephants or conservation activities, don't hesitate to contact us again. We have also started a campaign... More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing time here. This is the only real sanctuary for elephants in Laos - tourists looking for rides and feeding and bathing (i.e. People that don't really care about the welfare of elephants) shouldn't come here. The whole experience was fantastic! The location was beautiful and our guide was so helpful with fantastic English. Simply put we... More 

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Management response:

Hey Rowena, Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time here. You are right about the long time between lunch and diner. We now have free bananas at the restaurant for anyone who would like some. They were grown in our large elephant food plantation. I'll make sure the girls of... More 

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Reviewed February 27, 2017

The Elephant conservation Centre offers a unique experience and immersion into the status of Elephants in Laos. They have a clear mission of increasing the number of Elephant in Laos. This is not a typical tourist Elephant camp. They offer a transparent view of what the are doing and their goals. It is not a place to ride elephants. It... More 

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Dear Douglas, Thank you for taking your time to write this review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Elephant Conservation Center. We try to give people an insight as to what our projects are and how we try to improve the current situations for elephants in Laos. I will make sure the cooks... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

We were travelling with our kids (4 and 7 years old) and stayed at ECC for 2 nights. It was one of our most memorable experiences during our South East Asia tour. The ECC sits on the banks of the lake surrounded by forests and mountains so besides its main attraction, the elephants and dedicated staff, it offers a great... More 

Thank Christian K A A
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Dear Christian, It's great to hear that your family has enjoyed their stay at the center. It's good that you point out that there is some hiking involved in the program. At the Elephant Conservation Center we try to bring the people to the elephants in stead of the elephants to the people. If you want to have any more... More 

Agassiz, Canada
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Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

I can't say enough about how wonderful this experience was, in fact, probably one of the highlights of our trip to Laos. We spent 2 nights and 3 days at the centre learning about Asian elephants and observing them in their natural setting. The staff are all friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about caring for the elephants. They work tirelessly to... More 

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Dear Irene, Thank you for your kind words. It is true that the Elephant Conservation Center is not a place where the elephants are rolled out to entertain visitors. We believe that their natural behavior is much more fascinating than any trick they can learn. If you would like to find out more about our projects, or have any more... More 

Mission, Canada
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

We had a two night/ 3 day visit and felt that we came away with knowledge along with a wonderful experience observing elephants being elephants. The people at this center are absolutely passionate about what they are doing to increase the endangered elephants in SEA. The center is well organized for the tourists who bring in the dollars to keep... More 

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Reviewed January 21, 2017

A perfect way to bring you to the elephants in their natural habitat rather than bring elephants to entertain tourists !!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

You need to be careful when choosing elephant experiences in SEA. This is one of the good ones, an elephant sanctuary and nursery dedicated to growing the dwindling population of elephants in Lao. Spent.three days/two nights there, and it was an amazing, immersive experience. Highlight of six week trip. No riding, just watching and following these incredible creatures as they... More 

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