Food & Accommodation
The Elephant Conservation Center's restaurant proposes a choice of delicious traditional Lao food. The restaurant is vegetarian-friendly and our cooks do not use MSG (monosodium glutamate).
The dishes are prepared with fresh produce from the local market and the fruit and vegetables grown at the Center's gardens.
You can order drinks and snacks and enjoy them at the relaxing Sala set at the tip of the peninsula, on the lakes' banks.
Our accommodation includes five twin rooms within our dormitory with double facilities available in six huts situated by the lake. Rooms have no air conditioning nor fans, but the location by the lake provides fresh air most of the year.
The Dorm's Story...
The Center purchased a traditional wooden stilt house from Viengkeo Village, Hongsa District, in the northern part of Sayaboury. It was sold by one of Viengkeo's oldest and most revered elephant masters. The master has known about and been collaborating with the ElefantAsia staff for several years and when he decided to sell his house, he proposed that the Center buy it. The old man has now passed away. We believe that using the traditional house of one of the very last Tai Lue elephant masters in Laos as a place to welcome elephant enthusiasts from around the world is a good way to conserve this heritage and share it with the public.
The relocation of the house was agreed upon by Viengkeo's Village Chief in November 2009. With the house staying in its province of origin (transported only 90km southwards), local authorities had no objection to the building being dismantled and reassembled in Sayaboury district.
The house has been renovated using craftsmen from Viengkeo and traditional techniques.
Bungalows are simple traditional stilt bamboo huts fit with excellent bedding and a moskito net. They have a private balcony with a view on the Nam Tien lake. Additional beds for children can be installed on demand.
- 25% discount for children between 6-10 who are sharing their accommodation with their parents.
- Free for children under 5.
- Full fare for children aged 12+
The Center is also planning the construction of a guesthouse. Building work is not scheduled to commence until 2012 and will be conducted in low season.