The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King form a 500m long platform across the east side the the Royal Palace in Angkor Thom.
The terraces are very different structures to the other Angkor temples, but thanks to their picturesque surroundings, facing the Prasats Suor Prat, and incredible carvings, they are an essential stop in any tour of the city. Elephant Terrace and the Terrace the Leper King highlights include the carvings of Airavata, Indra’s three headed Elephant and Balaha, the fire headed horse, as well as an impressive array of Aruda bas-reliefs.
The site is around 10km wide. It is best to visit at mid-afternoon with few crowds while the Balaha carving is sunlit at midday.