For villagers in Cambodia, the path of least resistance is also perhaps the most dangerous.
Villagers with no access to roads use a homegrown mode of transport called “bamboo trains”.
Made of salvaged tank axles, a flimsy bamboo platform and powered by a small boat engine, “bamboo trains” also called “norries” in Khmer, can reach speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour.
The cheap fare makes it a crucial way for farmers to get their products to bigger markets despite it being a hazardous and inconvenient mode of transportation.
Currently, these bamboo trains exist with traditional trains along the same track as the latter move so slowly that the bamboo trains can be taken off and lifted off to allow the traditional trains to pass.
Via Teak Door.