One of the main attractions in Battambang is the Bamboo Train, where a metal frame on a set of wheels plus a motor have helped transport food and people, since the French left the railway abandoned years ago. Now, tourists come to especially to Battambang to ride a memorable 50 minute journey on the outskirts of the city.
The hotel staff organised for a tuktuk to pick us up one morning to take us to the railway
There were a couple of tourists in line waiting for their set of wheels to arrive, which took away from the legitimate feeling we were expecting
but once we got on our ride, we passed people who obviously used the railway as a main ‘street’
After about 20 minutes we reached the end of the line, where we stopped at a bunch of shops ,who were waiting for tourists to spend some money on their common goods.
We decided to skip the shops and walk to the actual end of the line
Some local girls came out and checked us out. I’m sure they were probably pretty used to seeing westerners on the daily.
After about 10 minutes and a few games, we had to wrap it up and board our platform back to our tuktuk
The ride back felt quicker,
though we noticed things we’d missed on the first trip.
But the locals still stood out the most, and were definitely a highlight of the whole experience.