Cambodia Day 4 – Elephants on parade

14 May

This post is part of our adventures in Cambodia, to see other posts in the series, please click here.

I have always been a fan of elephants.  For some reason on our fourth day in Cambodia we saw them in multiple places and in different ways.

The first elephants were real elephants that we saw from our car window as we were waiting to pass through one of the gates inside the park.  They were coming out and going in – which led to a couple of fun photos.  We also saw a series of tourists who had paid to sit on their backs and get the true “Cambodian” experience.  Safe inside our air conditioned car, we weren’t up for that this trip.  For me, it brought back memories of riding an elephant in 2006 up to the Red Fort in Jaipur, India.

A traffic jam - Angkor Wat style

A traffic jam – Angkor Wat style

I wonder how much it cost for that ride - an Elephant's Eye view

I wonder how much it cost for that ride – an Elephant’s Eye view

Finally passing through the gate (behind yet another elephant)

Finally passing through the gate (behind yet another elephant)

The next set of elephants were the elephants carved into the Elephant Terrace.  We had met our tuk tuk driver at the Elephant Terrace at the end of the first day, but it was only passing it again that we realized that the elephants were actually carved into the side of the terrace.  We had completely missed it the first time around!

Elephant Terrace - more elephants on parade

Elephant Terrace – more elephants on parade

Another place we noticed elephants was in the carving over the doorway in another temple.  The elephant is right in the middle surrounded by other figures.  I don’t know what elephants symbolize in Cambodian culture, but they were in many places.

Delicate elephant carving above the door.

Delicate elephant carving above the door.

The final elephant statues were set off to the side of one of the temples.  It was pretty close to life size and gave me a great place to take a rest.

I think the elephant is grinning too!

I think the elephant is grinning too!

What else would we experience on Day 4 in Cambodia?  Stay tuned for more…

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2 Responses to “Cambodia Day 4 – Elephants on parade”

  1. Mona May 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Looks like a wonderful adventure.

    • gkm2011 May 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      It was! Can’t believe I am still posting it three months after the fact!

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