taking a ride on cambodia’s bamboo train.

bamboo train battambang, cambodia
the first notable thing we did in the town of battambang, cambodia was take a ride on the famed bamboo train, known in Khmer as Norry. Note, Khmer if the official language and people of Cambodia.

ranked as one of the “world’s all-time greatest railway adventures,” the train is simply a 3-meter long wood frame, covered lengthwise with bamboo slats that rests on two barbell-like bogies connected by fan belts to a 6HP gasoline engine (more here). the train’s been a longtime form of transportation in the cambodia countryside and now is popular with the limited number of tourists who chose to stop in battambang.

with the plans for a proper train coming from Phnom Penh (capital of Cambodia), rumors continue to swirl that the bamboo train will be derailing in the near future. gotta hitch a ride on this bamboo choo choo while you can!

bamboo train battambang, cambodia
rice paddy fields as far as the eye can see. it’s not currently harvesting season.
bamboo train battambang, cambodia
our “conductor” for the afternoon.
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as a single railway, when there’s an oncoming bamboo cart, the east bound train stops, lifts the platform off it’s tracks and waits until the other passes by. we did this a handful of times. simple, yet effective.
bamboo train battambang, cambodia

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