Immerse yourself in elephant life! Get up-close and personal with Southeast Asia’s gentle giants on a Laos elephant camp tour.

3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM US$ 640 PER PERSON

Beautiful Sainyabuli Province is home to the largest remaining population of Asian elephants in Laos. On this 3-day Laos elephant camp tour, you’ll travel across a spectacular lake surrounded by forested mountains to the Elephant Conservation Centre, where you’ll spend two and a half days surrounded by lush jungle. In addition to the spending time with the Centre’s mahouts learning how to ride, bathe and feed the elephants, you’ll also make excursions to the elephant museum and nursery, and a sacred “Buddha’s footprint” that is famous in the region.

Your Laos elephant camp experience begins in Luang Prabang and brings you directly to the Elephant Conservation Centre in Sainyabuli Province. You’ll begin by taking a guided tour of the grounds with a resident veterinarian before visiting the on-site museum and mahout training school. Learn traditional ways to mount and ride the elephants, hike with the elephants through the forest, and join the mahouts as they feed and bathe the magnificent creatures.

At the nursery reproduction center, you’ll learn about the importance of elephant conservation, in addition to meeting young elephants! Then, for a taste of regional history and culture, hike through beautiful, rugged landscapes to what the locals call a “Buddha footprint,” a highly revered sacred site. You’ll have the opportunity relax by beautiful Nam Tien Lake and enjoy nightly dips before you head back to Luang Prabang.



“This is a truly special experience in a beautiful, rustic environment. You’ll see just how revered and important these animals are in our culture.”

Hom Inthanousone, Backyard Travel Laos Specialist


Learn how to ride an elephant bareback
Visit an elephant nursery to meet baby elephants and their watchful mothers
Hike through a rugged landscape to a hidden, sacred Buddha footprint
Go for nightly swims in beautiful Nam Tien Lake

Daily Itinerary


  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Luang Prabang – Sainyabuli – ECC

    Welcome to Laos! Ready to begin your elephant camp tour? You’ll be met by your private guide at your hotel in Luang Prabang and journey for 2.5 hours to Sainyabuli Province.

    Located southwest of Luang Prabang, Sainyabuli is a mountainous province with beautiful forested peaks and vast emerald rice paddies. The province is home to the largest elephant population in Laos. Arrive at Nam Tien Lake, the access point to the Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) where you’ll spend the next two and a half days. Take time to enjoy the spectacular view over the lake before heading across the water to the ECC. Be welcomed by local staff and check in to your rustic bungalow.

    Enjoy a traditional Laotian lunch at the lakeside restaurant (all your meals during your stay will be served here). Set off on a guided tour of the ECC with the resident veterinarian. Visit the on-site museum and the mahout school (where elephant care-takers are trained).

    Now it’s time to get up close and personal with the elephants! Learn traditional ways to mount an elephant and watch as the mahouts bathe the magnificent creatures. Walk alongside the mahouts as they lead the elephants back to their nightly resting place.

    Spend the late afternoon at your leisure. Relax lakeside before dinner, visit the elephant museum or take a refreshing swim. Sit down for dinner at the on-site restaurant.

    Overnight at the Elephant Conservation Center

    Meals included: Lunch and dinner

  • Day 2: Elephant Conservation Center

    Today, your Laos elephant camp tour begins with a safety briefing to prepare you for a one-hour jaunt into the forest. Stroll alongside the elephants on their daily walk into lush jungle. Along the way you’ll also learn about how indigenous plants are traditionally used for housing, food and medicine by local people.

    Back at the ECC, you’ll feed your new animal companions under professional guidance. Next, it’s time to learn how to ride bareback! (Please note: This is an optional activity. With the help of your guide and the mahouts you can learn how to ride the traditional way—perched on the neck of the elephant.)

    Enjoy a well-earned lunch at the lakeside restaurant before venturing deep into the forest to the elephant nursery. The nursery is a reproduction initiative supported by NGO ElefantAsia. Learn about the elephant conservation program, surrounded by playful baby elephants and their watchful mothers. Programs such as these are vital as there is only an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild—comparatively just a tenth of the African elephant population.

    Join the friendly mahouts for the daily bathing ritual, then take the elephants back to their nightly resting place in the jungle.

    Take a boat ride at sunset on the lake. Refreshments will be served on board.

    Spend some time relaxing by the lake or visiting the nursery before dinner.

    Overnight at the Elephant Conservation Center

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 3: Trekking – Transfer to Luang Prabang

    Enjoy a western breakfast at the ECC restaurant before heading off on a half-day trek. Your local guide will take you through the beautiful, rugged landscape to the site of a sacred Buddha footprint. Learn about local customs, beliefs and traditions from your guide along the path to the hidden site.

    Back at the ECC you’ll enjoy a relaxed lunch by the lake before saying goodbye. A private car will transfer you back to Luang Prabang (2.5 hours), while memories of your new friends are still fresh in your mind.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch


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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Domestic and international flights
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Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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