Friday, June 29, 2012
Riding the Bamboo Train in Battambang, Cambodia
To accommodate two-way traffic on a single line, custom dictates that when two trains meet, the one with the lighter load leaves the track. Drivers and passengers pitch in to disassemble and reassemble the trains to allow passage. Due to the lightweight materials this is all done in a matter of seconds. Cambodian engineering at its finest!
Rumor has it that the Bamboo train is likely to see its end within a few years. The Cambodian rail company is upgrading the tracks and when the new trains and tracks are in place the bamboo train will be stopped for safety reasons. Even more reason to ride the bamboo train today. Book your ticket for Cambodia!
A picture of my train operator and a view of the Cambodian countryside. A classic rail journey!
Stay tuned for more of my adventures in Southeast Asia.
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