Tag Archives: Sam Bo

Sam Bo in the news

Sambo’s owner tells their touching story on Al Jazeera. You can watch the video here.


More on Sambo here.



Sam Bo for President

Sam Bo the elephant is one of my favorite parts of living in Phnom Penh (in case that isn’t already obvious).  My enthusiasm has spread to my parents who were excited to meet Sam Bo while they were here.  We started by meeting her on her daily walk home at one of my favorite spots in PP- La Croisette.  Every day after she finishes work at Wat Phnom (around 4 pm) she makes her way down the riverside and stops at La Croisette for a bite to eat. We happily fed her a big tray of fruit….

Her owner told me she’s 49 years old!

Below you can see Sam Bo’s stylish shoes to protect her feet.  Looks like they are made from rubber tires?

Later on their visit my parents took a spin around Wat Phnom on Sam Bo ($15 for two people).

There is a great story about Sam Bo that was in the Christian Science Monitor in April.  You can read it here.

If you are on facebook join our group: The International Friends of Sam Bo.

Continuing adventures of Sam Bo in Phnom Penh

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.

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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!