Day 6 - Hongsa - Xayaboury ECC (B,L,D)
This morning pack your belongings and cycle out towards the capital of the region, Xayaboury. Today will be a challenging day as you face Laos’s 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 we reach the Elephant Conservation Center.
Located Southwest of Luang Prabang, Sayaboury is a mountainous province with peaks of more than 1000 meters. Travel to this remote province will reveal many beautiful mountains and flower gardens. The local people earn their living via agricultural products such as growing rice, cucumbers, cotton, cabbage, beans and sugarcane. It is also home to the largest population of elephants in Laos. Sayaboury is one of the most remote and difficult provinces to reach in Laos, where adventurous spirits will be rewarded with a unique cultural and authentic natural experience.
We will have several stops on route for lunch and snacks to enjoy the local villages, scenic rice fields and mountain pass views of the valley below.
Upon arrival at the Nam Tien Lake pier you can admire this majestic lake, with many islands, surrounded by untouched tropical forest. From the pier we take a long boat to the Elephant Conservation Center (ECC). On arrival local staff will welcome you before checking into your bamboo bungalow, built in a traditional style.
Before Dinner, walk the elephants to their nightly resting ground. You will witness the unique bond between the mahout and his elephant. Our experienced mahouts use vocal commands to steer the animals through the thick foliage. As you stroll together with these magnificent creatures into the dense forest of Nam Tien, take a moment! This is the REAL land of elephants! Your guide will give you some interesting information about the biodiversity of our protected forest.
Spend some time to taking in your surroundings from the viewpoint, go for a swim in the lake or visit the museum. During meal time, feel free to ask the experienced staff any questions or sit back and relax over a Lao style cocktail while enjoying the lake and mountain views!
Overnight at the ECC
Distance and journey time:
Cycling distance: Up to 86km
Boat Transfer: 10 Minutes