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Getting around Sayabouly

Sayabouly Town is the province’s travel hub, with Hongsa serving the north and Paklay launching trips in the south.


Tuk tuks, sawng taews (Pickup trucks with benches), 4WD vehicles, and minivans are the main forms of transportation between the three hubs and outlying provinces. They leave two-to-three times throughout the day from the local bus stations.

Schedules, destinations, and transportation type are constantly changing, so it is best to check at the bus station for departure times. You can negotiate with drivers to hire them and their vehicles for the day. Travel companies, mostly based in Sayabouly, offer tours and vehicles with drivers.

Guesthouses and hotels in the three district hubs can often help arrange transportation to tour the surrounding area, and a few rent bicycles and motorcycles. Tour companies based in Luang Prabang also operate programmes in the province.


Sayabouly: The Land of Elephants
Recommended for Sayabouly
Elephant Conservation Center
Visit the Elephant Conservation Center for an immersive experience while helping conserve Asia's most iconic species. Located on a lake in Sayabouly’s Nam Tien protected area, ECC offers a 2-day Discovery package with forest walks and encounters with elephants and mahouts, nursery and hospital visits, elephant baths, and an overnight in a bamboo bungalow. The 3-day Exploration adds training with positive reinforcement, and cognitive enrichment via playtime. The 7-day Eco Volunteering extends the experience into ECCs projects, such as recording elephant behavior, participating in enrichment activities, and producing elephant dung paper. Packages include 2.5-hour transfers to/from Luang Prabang.
Elephant Conservation Center +8562096590665

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