I have just come back from a wonderful trip to the Elephant Conservation Centre in Xayaboury Province. This is a must if you are interested in elephants, conservation or Lao culture in general. What a magical place. I spent three days riding, feeding, and watching the elephants having their daily bath. I passed my Mahout Training Course with flying colours. The mahouts and staff at the centre are so welcoming and friendly. I was even privileged to see two baby elephants which were only 5 months old - a definite highlight.
It was hard to leave the elephants and all the staff behind so I decided to sponsor an elephant which you can do through Elephant Asia at www.elephantasia.org. This ensures that the wonderful work of everyone at the centre can continue and elephant conservation will continue in Laos. My time at the Elephant Conservation Centre was a highlight of my year of living in Laos. I'll hope to be back next year to celebrate the Elephant festival in February - also a great time to visit - laoelephantfestival.com/