The one thing I really can’t stand about Cambodia…

… is the very act of moving from A to B. Okay, whilst not every journey is something from a nightmare, nearly every long trip from one destination to another has, for me, been bloody awful. I am not normally one to moan but after being in the country for almost 3 months, I had more than my fair of horrendous journeys.

The most recent one was just a couple of weeks ago, whilst travelling from Sen Monorom in the eastern province of Mondulkirri, to Kratie in order to carry on to Banlung. We were, of course, picked up late, then proceeded to spend well over an hour picking up locals and all their cargo and luggage. The mini bus we were in was designed for a mere 13 passengers. When full, the only room for luggage is under the seats, or hanging out the back of the van and kept in with some ropes. With a full bus, we thought we would be off. But no, the driver continued to pick up more and more people and the end result was a van with 27 passengers, including one old boy dressed in US army gear, pretending rather oddly to be super official. There was a baby, an injured man traveling to hospital (yes, that’s the reality of life in Cambodia – for many, the nearest decent healthcare, and I use that word in the very loosest sense, is hours away) and 2 teenage boys that took it in turns to vomit out the window. The poor grandad at the very back of the van got quite a surprise when he was splattered in the face – he soon closed his window.

It was at that very point, when one boy was chucking his guts up out the window and the other was elbowing him on the back to help him out, that I really realised how lucky we are in the western world to have such options and to have some degree of order. Moving in Cambodia is a far from enjoyable experience, but alas, it is memorable!


7 thoughts on “The one thing I really can’t stand about Cambodia…

  1. syravannyang says:

    Terribly sorry to hear that you experienced such an uncomfortable traveling in my country. I do admit that public transport here is poor to many extents, and acceptable ones are only available to few specific areas. To many points, I also feel unsatisfied, but well, what to do. Hehe.. Where did you visit during your stay in Cambodia? šŸ™‚

    • aliveandontheroad says:

      Hi there! Yes it’s not always that bad, and Cambodia redeems itself in many ways šŸ™‚ It’s a beautiful country! We visited Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Koh Rong Samloem, Kratie, Sen Monorom and Banlung! Had a great time šŸ™‚

      • syravannyang says:

        That’s a lot of places. I actually plan to visit Koh Rong (different from Koh Rong Samloem) which is also located in Sihanoukville. Heard that it’s beautiful there. About Kampot, did you visit Boko mountain? It’s where we can touch the cloud. For Kratie, I’m sure you did visit river dolphins šŸ™‚

    • aliveandontheroad says:

      Yes the journeys certainly won’t be forgotten! We are in Laos now, and I had heard so many bad things about the roads here. In fact, they’ve been great and the roads in Cambodia were far worse!

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