This morning, pack up the belongings and cycle out towards the capital of the region, Xayaboury. Today will be a challenging day, as the ride is comprised of Laos’ mountainous terrain.
The first 30kms of cycling will be a small but continuous climb before a steep downhill for 4 km. The remainder of the ride is mostly flat until reaching the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury.
Located Southwest of Luang Prabang, Sayaboury is a beautiful (yet difficult to reach) mountainous province with peaks of more than 1,000 meters. While the area is mostly agricultural, it is also home to the largest population of elephants in Laos.
Several stops will be made on the route for both lunch and snacks, and there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the passing rice fields and mountain views.
Arrive to Nam Tien Lake, admiring the majestic views dotted with islands and untouched tropical forest. From the pier, take a long boat to the Elephant Conservation Center (ECC). The staff will be waiting upon arrival to assist with check in at the bungalow-style accommodation.
Before dinner, walk the elephants to their nightly resting ground. During the experience, witness the unique bond between the mahout and his elephant and learn some interesting information about the biodiversity of the protected forest.
Enjoy the views from the lookout point, go for a swim in the lake or pay a visit to the museum. During meal time, there will be a chance to ask the experienced staff any questions; alternatively, soak up the beautiful surrounding views.
Overnight at the ECC
Distance and journey time:
Cycling distance: Up to 86 kms
Boat Transfer: 10 minutes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner