Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

Meet the elephants in Sayaboury

For elephant lovers, a stay at Sayaboury's Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) is a fantastic experience.

The old name for Laos, Lan Xang, means 'land of a million elephants' but sadly there are only around 1,600 elephants in Laos today. Of these, roughly a thousand are wild, while the others are domesticated elephants often made to work in the illegal logging trade.

Many factors have influenced the decline in elephant numbers, including deforestation, poaching, increasing urban spread and the destruction of migratory routes for the elephants, and if this continues, it's believed the elephant population of Laos will disappear completely by 2060.

Supported by the non-profit elephant protection charity ElefantAsia, the ECC is working hard to support Laos's declining elephant population. As well as being home to several retired working elephants, the centre runs a drop-in veterinary centre, provides employment, training and English lessons for local mahouts and their families, and is home to an elephant museum where visitors can learn about elephant conservation in Laos.

Meet the elephants in Sayaboury

located in Sayaboury

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • This two-week conservation holiday will introduce you to the flora and fauna of Indochina, including elephants, dolphins and tropical rainforest.

    Indochina Conservation

    From helping out at two elephant conservations centres to floating down the Mekong on the lookout for rare river dolphins, this two-week conservation holiday will give you a hands-on insight to the natural and historical heritage of this wild and exotic region of Southeast Asia.

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    This two-week conservation holiday will introduce you to the flora and fauna of Indochina, including elephants, dolphins and tropical rainforest.

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    Jungle trekking in Nam Cat Tien

    Delve into the dense lowland jungles of south Vietnam's Nam Cat Tien National Park. Don't forget your leech-socks!

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  • Bird-watching on Tonlé Sap Lake

    Bird-watching on Tonlé Sap Lake

    A short drive from Siem Reap is Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, the immense Tonlé Sap, and some first-class birdwatching opportunities.

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  • Turtle watching on Con Dao

    Turtle watching on Con Dao

    The island paradise of Con Dao is home to a protected breeding site for a large population of sea turtles, which lay their eggs from April-September.

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