I’m having so much fun checking out old photos of Cambodia from Life magazine that are now available via Google.
Above: The Royal Palace in 1952
Below: The same area now via Google Earth
Below: The moat around Angkor Thom
Below: Back in the 50s there were Royal elephants associted with the Royal Palace. Now Sam Bo is all that is left of the elephants in PP.
Below: This is from a US AID trip to Camobdia. Year?
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I can’t get enough of Sam Bo. Today on his way home
he SHE (thanks Anthony!) stopped at the restaurant next to my house and they fed him some old bread and fruit.
The funny thing is that there were as many Khmer people stopping and watching as tourists. Sam Bo is the only elephant in Phnom Penh (so I hear) so she’s still pretty novel for even the locals.
Here’s a grainy video of
him her walking down the street (again right in front of my house).
I feel compelled to also point out this video taken by a tourist of Sam Bo eating at the same restaurant in December. However I take issue with the owner’s comment about it being “a random elephant.” As I mentioned above Sam Bo is a famous elephant and very few just wander through the streets of ANY cities/villages/towns except for the more remote areas. Also- note how beautiful the riverside is in this video! You’ll notice in my video the riverside has been boarded off and in the photos from my balcony you can see the giant ditch they are digging for flood control. I can’t wait until it gets back to normal!