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Overview

Connect with one of Laos’ most incredible animals, the Asian elephant. Spend three days immersed in the rugged countryside of Laos living alongside the elephants. Trek alongside as they go into the forest to forage for food and join them in mountain streams for their daily bath.

Trip Highlights

Elephant Conservation Discovery

Connect with Asian elephants

Spend three days interacting with, taking care of and living alongside Asian elephants

Discover behaviour and routine of elephants

Trek alongside these gentle giants as they go about their daily routine and observe their behaviour.

Learn about elephant conservation

Understand the role that Asian elephants play in Lao culture and the importance of preserving their natural habitats.

Itinerary

1

Luang Prabang – ECC - Observe & Encounter

Luang Prabang – Sayaboury (119 km): 2,5 hours

Our guide and driver will be waiting this morning to provide transport (3-hour drive) from the hotel in Luang Prabang to Sayaboury.

Located Southwest of Luang Prabang, Sayaboury is a mountainous province with peaks of more than 1,000 meters. Travel to this remote province will reveal many beautiful mountains and flower gardens. It is also home to the largest population of elephants in Laos.

When you arrive at the Nam Tien Lake pier, we will transfer you to the Center by boat. You will have time to settle into your private bungalow before your guide takes you to the forest. Along the way, you walk past the different enclosures where our main activities take place. After enjoying a Laotian style picnic, you can watch the resident mother and baby at the nursery. The mahout of the mother stays close by while she and her baby have a bath and play. The mother trusts the mahout around her offspring and even lets him play with her a little bit.

When the mother and baby have drunk enough and returned to the forest, you will take the boat back to the Center for the hospital visit. Our Laotian Vet Assistant or our Biologist will Introduce you to their world and tell you more about common and uncommon injuries and their respective treatments. It is also the perfect time to ask any questions you have about the biology of the elephants.

You will then observe the elephants’ daily bath and learn more about our giant guests’ playful characters. Elephants are surprisingly good swimmers and love water. They also use bath time to socialize and strengthen ties in the herd.

After the elephants have washed themselves, you will have the opportunity for some soft interaction with the mahouts by your side. Get a feel for the elephant’s amazing skin and prickly hair, and experience up close the dexterity of their trunk. Now it’s time for them to walk back to the forest. After a short trek the mahouts will decide on a place where the elephants can graze for a while. The guide will tell you a little about the background of each elephant. They have all worked hard before they came here. See if you are already able to recognize the elephants while observing them.

Before dinner, take a moment to take in the surroundings from one of our viewpoints. You can also go for a swim in the lake, take out a canoe, or visit the museum where one of the staff will give a small presentation on our conservation efforts. During meal time, feel free to ask your unresolved questions to the staff and share one of our delicious Lao style cocktails!

Dinner and overnight at the Elephant Conservation Center

2

Socialization – Transfer to Luang Prabang

Sayaboury – Luang Prabang (119 km): 2,5 hours

This morning enjoy a western-style breakfast served at the restaurant overlooking the lake.

On the second day you will meet up with the elephants in the forest. After spending the night grazing in the jungle, it is time for another bath. Enjoy strolling together with these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.

When they have had their fill of water they are brought to the Socialization Area. This is an area where the elephants can freely interact during a big part of the day, recreating a semi-natural living environment. Here the elephants can enjoy being elephants. Follow the guide around the perimeter to learn more about the group and its dynamics. Take your time on the different platforms to see how a new herd is being formed. This rare opportunity will bring you closer to their natural life, something which is very special about our program and difficult to find anywhere else.

Lunch is served at the center. You have some time to relax before we bring you back to Luang Prabang by minivan. You can say your goodbyes to the staff at the restaurant or walk around the center one last time.

Lunch is served at the restaurant. You have some time to relax before we bring you back to Luang Prabang by minivan. You can say your goodbyes to the staff or walk around the center one last time.

After a last lunch, say goodbye and depart the Elephant Conservation Center. Transport will be provided (by boat and then car) back to Luang Prabang.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply).
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary

Our Services do not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, tips, visa
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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