Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos


Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC), a few hours south of Luang Prabang is a fantastic opportunity to get up close to the elephants and to support Laos's declining elephant population

Sayaboury Map

“Meeting the elephants of Sayaboury was a dream come true experience! I will never forget watching mother and baby elephants enjoy bath time in the lake.”

Ruth Hubbard, Product Manager

Sayaboury in northern Laos is the only province in the country that lies to the west of the Mekong River. This relative isolation means that this is a predominantly rural area, home to ethnic minority villages and the largest elephant population in Laos. It's a beautiful region of mountains and jungle, little visited by Western tourists, so making a trip here feels like an adventure into ?real' unspoiled Laos.

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.

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

Recommended Accommodation in Sayaboury

The following are some of our favourite accommodation options in Sayaboury.

Experiences in Sayaboury

Sayaboury offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of the local culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Sayaboury

The Climate Guide for Sayaboury is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 28 31 33 34 33 31 31 30 31 30 29 27
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 13 14 17 21 23 23 23 23 22 21 17 13
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 7 8 7 8 7 5 4 5 6 7 7 7
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Heat and Humidity Discomfort Moderate High High Very High Very High Very High Very High High Very High High Moderate Low
Days with some Rainfall 4 4 5 11 17 19 22 24 18 10 4 3
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 12 17 32 109 185 236 236 295 199 105 29 8
UV Index (Maximum) 8 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 9 8