DISCOVERY

Discovery 2 Days / 1 Night

from $210.00

Join us for an overnight stay and discover our Center and elephants. Welcome to your idyllic holiday destination in the Land of the Asian Elephant! Stay one night in your private bamboo bungalow and enjoy a view of the majestic lake surrounded by untouched tropical forest.

During your visit at the center you will spend a lot of time walking through our protected area. The area is forested and might not always be accessible without you getting dirty. Activities in the forest vary during the rainy season between May and September.

To enjoy this package in style, you can choose to swap your private bungalow for a room at our Rosewood Lodge (private bathrooms). A prefect solution for families and groups of friends. Find out more by clicking the button below.

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All about the Discovery 2 Days / 1 Night.

Welcome to the only real Conservation Center in Laos. Enjoy your time with the largest herd in the country: 30 elephants under human care that have been rescued need your support!

We are in the natural habitat of the Asian elephant, on the shores of Nam Tien lake, Sayaboury. Surrounded by 530 hectares of untouched tropical forest, where our elephants can enjoy the most diverse diet.

Discover our projects, set up for the conservation of the elephants and listen to the explanations of our experts.

Our Team welcomes you all year round.

  • 5 – 10 years old: 50% discount with no supplement single
  • Over 10 years: full charge.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transfer from Luang Prabang to the Center both ways,
  • English speaking team on site,
  • Set menu meals: Day 1 (L, D), Day 2 (B, L)
  • Unlimited drinking water refills,
  • Accommodation: a wooden bungalow with communal wash facilities (hot shower),
  • Activities as described.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Personal expenses (Soft drinks, snacks, tips, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fees
  • Anything not mentioned in ‘The price includes’
  1. Day1 Arrival at Location / Get Started

    Nursery

    When you arrive at Nam Tien Lake, 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.

    After enjoying a Laotian style picnic on a lakeside platform, you observe the elephants bathing at the nursery, an area in the forest reserved for our youngest elephants and their mothers.


    Hospital

    When the elephants 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


    Elephant bath

    You will then observe one of the elephants’ daily baths and learn more about our giant guests’ playful characters.

    The bath is a time to socialize and strengthen ties in the herd through playing together


    Elephants & Mahouts

    After the elephants have washed themselves, you will have the opportunity to see them up close.

    Their ears flapping, tails swatting while they use the trunk and the trees for a good scratching.

    Meanwhile, the guide will tell you a little about the background of each elephant. They have all been worked hard before they came here.


    Back to the forest

    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 the night.

    On the way back, our guide will show you one of our plantation and the tree nursery.


    Conservation talk

    Before dinner, 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.

    At 6 pm one of the staff will give a presentation on our conservation efforts, feel free to ask your unresolved questions. After diner you can relax at the bar.

  2. Day2 A Meeting with Gentle Giants

    Forest

    On the second day, you will pick up the elephants in the forest.

    Enjoy strolling together with these magnificent animals through their natural habitat.

    After spending the night in the jungle, it is time for the morning bath.


    Socialization area

    The Socialization Area  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 to the different platforms to see how a new herd is being formed, something which is very special about our program and difficult to find anywhere else.


    Departure

    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.

Nursery

Picture by Cova.foto

Olleksandr Rupeta

Picture by Olleksandr Rupeta

Elephant bath

Picture by Olleksandr Rupeta

Back to the forest

Picture by Tibostudio

Accommodation

Accommodation

The Elephant Conservation Center tries to minimalize its impact on its surroundings. We have our own solar installation and work a lot with bamboo as a renewable building source.


Bungalows

You will be spending your night in a traditional bamboo bungalow with a balcony overlooking the lake. You have your own hammock to relax in after a day of observing the elephants. You can take hot showers in our communal washing facilities. We will provide biodegradable soap and shampoo.


Activities

Feel free to take one of the canoes out on the lake to enjoy the best view of the sunset. If you are not a fan of water, you can spend some time on our viewpoints at the tip of the peninsula. If you want to take a refreshing dive in the lake, you can do so in our swimming area.


Restaurant

The staff will serve a set menu Laotian style dishes, but without the spiciness. If you have any food restrictions, please let us know while making your reservation. The cooks will be more than happy to adapt their meals.


Bar

What would an experience in Laos be without an ice-cold Beer Lao. You can find a lot more at the bar in the restaurant.

FAQs

Advance Booking

Booking in advance is necessary. Nobody can come inside our protected area without authorisation.

What to bring at the ECC?

  • A cap (you can buy the ECC Cap at the Center)
  • A big bottle of water to refill (you can buy the ECC Bottle at the Center)
  • Long trousers and long shirts or a jacket to go to the forest (to avoid scratches and insect bites)
  • Sun screen
  • A bag to carry your belongings during the activities
  • Good quality trekking shoes (recommended)
  • Raining jacket, especially during the rainy season (June to November)
  • Mosquito repellent

Guiding

During all your stay, you will be accompanied by a local English speaking guide.

Transportation Schedule

The meeting point is at the post office on Chao Fa Ngum road before 8:00 AM. It is close to the crossroads with the tourist office. Our minivan will be waiting for you in front of it and will take you to Xayaboury. When you finish your program, we will bring you back to the same place at about 5:00 PM. The journey between the two towns takes about 2,5 hours.

Accommodation

Bungalows: accommodation is in a wooden bungalow with shared washing facilities.

Dormitory: you will be spending your night in a traditional mahout house turned into a dormitory. You can take hot showers in our communal washing facilities.

Lodge: the lodge has 4 vast rooms and private washrooms and terrace.

Best Season

The area is forested and might not always be accessible without you getting dirty. Activities in the forest vary during the rainy season between May and September.

Elephant Care

Medical Care of the elephants at the Elephant Hospital is only carried out by qualified vets. You won’t be able to participate in this activity. Thank you for your understanding.

Open – Closed

The Center is closed 4 days during Lao New year in April and 2 days during the boat festival in October.

Payment / Currencies

You can pay either by master card, visa card or by cash ($, € or Kip)

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