You will be met in Luang Prabang by your local Backyard Travel guide who will rendezvous with you at your hotel, then escort you on a three-hour journey by private vehicle to Sayaboury, with a stop at a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch.
Sayaboury, sometimes spelt Xaignabouli or Sainyabuli, is a beautiful mountainous province of Laos which borders Oudomxai Province to the north, Vientiane Province to the east and the border of Thailand to the south and west.
An agricultural region, there’s very little development in the area with most locals surviving through farming products such as rice, sugarcane and cotton, and a visit to this undeveloped region will take you right into the heartland of Laos.
Thanks in part to its largely undeveloped state, the region is also home to the largest concentration of elephants in the country and has many protected areas of conservation to defend the indigenous animals which include gibbons, tigers, Asiatic black bears and Sumatran rhino as well as the majestic elephants
Upon arrival at Nam Tien Lake Pier you’ll take a short boat trip across the spectacular lake surrounded by tropical forestation dotted by tiny islands. On the other side of the lake you will find the Elephant Conservation Center - a world designed exclusively for Asian elephants!After checking in to your comfortable bungalow you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the Center and its grounds to familiarize yourself with the camp. One of the Center’s veterinarians will also join you and help to show you around, letting you in on their duties and how they take care of the marvelous pachyderms.
Once you have the lay of the land it’s time to meet the Center’s VIPs! One of the mahouts (an elephant rider who ‘controls’ or ‘drives’ the giant animal) will introduce you some of the elephants and teach you three traditional ways to mount and dismount, and invite you to try for yourself.
Next you’ll have the privilege of observing bath time! Elephants are extremely playful animals and love nothing more than the chance to cool off in the water. During bath time you will get a chance to see the unique bond evident between mahout and elephant - a connection that is often formed from infancy in both their lives. After bathing, you’ll then follow the elephants and their riders back to their nightly resting place and bid them goodnight.
Before you hit the hay yourself however, you’ll have some time to yourselves. You may choose to relax on the shore of the lake and take a swim or visit the elephant museum established in the camp. For dinner you’ll be invited to sample a variety of Laotian food at the Center’s restaurant which is set overlooking the picturesque lake and sublime mountainous scenery.Distance and journey time:
Luang Prabang - Sayaboury (119 km): 2,5 hours
Overnight in Sayaboury
Meals included on this day: Lunch and Dinner