Looks like the backpackers are enjoying the elephant ride. That is Sambo, the elephant. Sambo is the only elephant resident in Phnom Penh. Sambo’s touching story is known to most Phnom Penhois. Her siblings (yes she is a girl) were killed by the Khmer Rouge when she was young. A nine-year old boy took care of her but were separated during the civil war. After the end of the war, they were reunited and were inseparable since then.
Here is a video-interview of Sambo’s caretaker talking about his reunion with Sambo: