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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

The Elephant Conservation Center marks a new era for conservation of the...

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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The experience is truly immersive. Stayed 3 days 2 nights and did not want to leave. The program is well thought out with equal focus on guest's experience and the elephant's well... read more

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Kuala Lumpur
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130 reviews
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The experience is truly immersive. Stayed 3 days 2 nights and did not want to leave. The program is well thought out with equal focus on guest's experience and the elephant's well being. The mahouts and guides were fantastic, in-tuned with the animal's moods and behaviour and explaining nuances that would otherwise go unnoticed. Bear in mind this is a... More 

Thank OliveGoh
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our stay at the Elephant Conservation Center was remarkable! We spent a long time searching around Luang Prabang for the "Elephant" experience that was the most eco-friendly, caring and respectful of the animals. As soon as we set foot in their office (say hi to Celine), we knew that ECC was the one : rather than taking the elephants away... More 

1 Thank Thomas S
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before I arrived, I wondered whether this place could really live up to the incredible reviews. Straight away I realised it could. From the well organised transfer from LPB, to the incredible views arriving by boat, to the wonderful guides and staff, and of course the experience with the elephants - it's worth every $$ you pay. Don't miss this... More 

Thank Kerrie B
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved my experience at ECC. As others have mentioned, this centre is truly focussed on the welfare of its elephants and has a keen interest in promoting elephant welfare to tourists and locals alike. It provides a surreal, informative and beautiful experience with the elephants. Bring decent walking shoes (not just flip flops), a water bottle for refilling, and... More 

Thank NephOzB
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9 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a place that actually cares about elephants, the opposite of what all the agencies try to sell in Luang Prabang. Stayed there 2 days/1 night. The centre is amazing, you see the elephants in many different environments (bath, socializing, in the "hospital"...), people that work there are professionals and know what they're talking about, bungalows/huts are in perfect... More 

Thank Eugenie M
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 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 

Thank Graeme S
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

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 14 March 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 1 March 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 

Thank RowenaWilliams1
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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17 reviews
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Reviewed 28 February 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 

Thank DouglasKing425
Management response:

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 

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