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Langkawi Elephant Adventure Rides
You tho Langkawi doesn't have elephants? Well, it's a fact that in the whole of Malaysia the total number of elephants have depleted over time, and only some 2000 elephants are now there in the wild.
This is a miniscule number when you compare it with the neighboring country like Thailand where there are more than 1200 elephants only in private captivity. Despite that Langkawi has created opportunities for the elephant lovers.
An Asian species elephant called Lasah was brought to the island in 2006 and since then adventure elephant rides are offered from the Oriental Village located in the Burau Bay / Pantai Kok area. If you are heading for a Cable Car ride or a Duck Tour from the Oriental Village, it's a great opportunity to combine an elephant ride to enhance your experience in Langkawi.
Lasah is no ordinary elephant, in fact she is a superstar. Lasah has featured in several feature films including in the Hollywood movie "Anna & The King" that was partially shot in Langkawi and also in several tele films. She has appeared in many public performances including in magic shows and entertainment programs in international zoos.
Lasah - Elephant Adventure Ride, Langkawi
So here is your opportunity to ride a large and famous Asian elephant in Malaysian style and explore many areas of the Mount Mat Cincang Geopark. It's a great adventure tour particularly for families with kids & children.
So what adventure rides are offered?
There are several actually lasting from 5 minutes to close to 30 minutes. Each adventure ride accommodates two adults seated on the elephant's back in a Malaysian style basket. You can also take a kid along. Here is a synopsis.
River Adventure on Elephant
This is probably the most popular ride. The elephant will take you through the forest right to the foothill of Mount Mat Cincang which is the second highest mountain in Langkawi. And then you will cross a river (or sometimes a stream) while seated on elephant back before heading back to the starting point. Along the way you will see many flora & fauna and bird life in the rainforest. The ride is for about 20 minutes duration.
Elephant Fun Ride
This is a short ride for about 5 minute to experience an elephant ride in Malaysian style. The ride takes you to the foothill of Mount Mat Cincang. It will be followed by elephant feeding session. You can feed the elephant with a basket of fruits.
Geopark or Jungle Adventure
This ride is through the rainforest of Mount Mat Cincanf which is over 500 million years old. As you take the leisure jungle ride, you will see many animal & bird life in the forests and a age old tall trees. The ride lasts for about 25 minutes.
Contact Information for Inquiry & Booking
Langkawi Elephant Adventures
Address: The Oriental Village, Burau Bay 07100 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Phone: +604 959 4959; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can write to them for current rates for a ride. At the time of writing this article, the Fun Ride package for a couple was RM120.
Langkawi Elephant Adventures is located in Oriental Village in the Burau Bay area at the north western side of Langkawi. The rides start next to the Cable Car base station. You can take a taxi and easily reach the place. Usually taxis are available on your return. However during the peak season (October to April), it is better to keep the taxi waiting.
Map location of Oriental Village (See Cable Car)
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2) Oriental Village: All other attractions & activities in Oriental Village complex.
By Raj Bhattacharya
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