Posted by: Simon & Becci | January 4, 2014

All aboard the bamboo express

Happy New Year to all of our blog readers! We’ve enjoyed some time off over the holiday season with Becci’s parents who have spent their second Christmas with us out here.

Having travelled up to explore the ancient wonders of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat a couple of years ago we thought we’d explore a different part of the country and therefore headed north to explore Cambodia’s second largest city, Battambang, for a few days.

The headlight of our time there was our journey on the ‘bamboo train’ for an hour. I’ll let the pictures tell the story…..

Briefing with the tourist police

It all starts with a short briefing courtesy of the tourist police

All aboard...

Then its all aboard with legs crossed and off we go at about 40 km/h…

But what to do when you meet a bamboo train coming in the other direction?

But what do you do when you meet a bamboo train making the return trip in the other direction???

No problem. Just stop and jump off...

No problem. Just stop, jump off and lift the train off the rails…

And leave it on the grassy embankment

Leave it on the grassy embankment

trainpass

Allow other trains to pass by….

Place the wheels back on the track and return the wooden platform....

Then place the wheels back on the track and return the wooden platform….

Climb back aboard and continue your journey!

Climb back aboard and continue your journey!

If rumours are to be believed, UK commuters will soon have the pleasure of experiencing the bamboo train, with regular services between Coventry and Birmingham New Street scheduled to begin in June 2014….

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Responses

  1. Brilliant! Thank you. 🙂

  2. I think the engineers from HS2 should have a word with the creators of the Bamboo Express. I doubt there would be half as much objection to a cheap and scenic bamboo train that would fit into the countryside nicely as there would a very expensive and disriptive high speed train line.
    This looks fantastic.
    Happy Christmas and New Year

    James

  3. Amazing. I’m quite jealous. It must be lovely to experience some countryside for a change.

  4. I love it! So simple and yet effective. We could learn a lot in the UK from this!


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