- Robert Frost
Elephant Rides are one of the popular Siem Reap attractions becoming a more and more popular way of visiting many of the Angkor Temples. This was how the Ancient Angkorian Kings of old used to get from A to B, and elephants were key to the construction of the Angkor Temples themselves as they were used as principal modes of transport given their strength and obedience. Elephants can be taken from the South Gate of Angkor Thom where they will lead you down the road to the majestic Bayon to the backdrop of inquisitive monkeys and jungle. Once within Bayon the elephant can lead you around the perimeter of Angkor Thom's signature temple. You can also take an elephant up to Phnom Bakheng to watch the spectacular sunset over Angkor Wat.
An elephant ride from South Gate to Bayon and around will cost US10 per person. A trip up the mountain to Bakheng will cost US20 per person. Each elephant can take 2 people.
An elephant ride to Bayon will ususally start between 7.30am and 8am, and to Bakheng will be at 5pm in time to enjoy the spectaculer sunset over Angkor Wat. Both trips will take approximately 20 minutes to half an hour.
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