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Ride an Elephant in Cambodia

by Natasha Stewart (follow)
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I first rode an elephant in Thailand when I was about 8, so I didn't really tick of my bucket list in Cambodia, but there's no denying that riding an elephant is pretty magnificent.



ride an elephant, bakheng hill, phnom bakheng, siem reap, angkor wat, temples, sunset


These elephants are in Bakheng Hill, in Siem Reap. At the top of the hill you'll find the ruins of Phnom Bakheng, where people fill the stairs to catch a glimpse of the sun setting over the surrounding temples.

It's hard to miss the elephants at the bottom of the hill, to get on you just need to climb up to a wooden platform and then you step over onto the elephant. It doesn't feel like the most secure thing in the world, and if you're not a fan of heights it can get your heart racing a little.



ride an elephant, bakheng hill, phnom bakheng, siem reap, angkor wat, temples, sunset


Of course, this is just the beginning, and if you do have a fear of heights things are just going to get scarier.

The elephants, after all, are walking to the top of a hill, and as you walk along what feels like a pretty narrow path you not only get great views but you can also spy the drop below.



ride an elephant, bakheng hill, phnom bakheng, siem reap, angkor wat, temples, sunset


The padded seat looks very regal, but it doesn't make for a smooth ride. The seat seems to almost see-saw with the movement of the elephant, so if there are two of you, you feel like you have to do a bit of a balancing act.



ride an elephant, bakheng hill, phnom bakheng, siem reap, angkor wat, temples, sunset


Once you get to the top you can find your spot to watch the sunset, amongst almost every other tourist in Siem Reap. Then it's time to climb aboard again, and make your way back down.

Riding elephants is popular across Cambodia and Thailand, and while fun, the experience at Bakheng Hill probably isn't one of the best, but it is an easy ride to do if you've only got a short amount of time.



ride an elephant, bakheng hill, phnom bakheng, siem reap, angkor wat, temples, sunset


Is riding an elephant on your bucket list?

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