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“It's good fun”
Review of Bamboo Train

Bamboo Train
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$37.50*
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Half-Day Battambang City Tour and Bamboo Train Ride
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“It's good fun”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

The ride was quite nice. There are green bushes along the tracks with heaps of butterflies fluttering around. Every now and then you get glimpses of green rice paddy fields. It was a warm day but once the train picks up speed, the breeze helps.

It is interesting when there are two 'trains' coming from opposite sides. The train with the lesser number of passengers gets off the track.

At the other end, there were few souvenir stalls.The owners asked us to buy things a couple of times but stopped once we politely said no. We had fun chatting with some little girls selling friendship bands who had really good English.

Our Tuk Tuk driver said the whole business is community owned. I'm not sure if it is 100% true. We tipped the driver with couple of dollars at the end.

Note:
- I would not recommend it if you have a bad back. It gets bumpy.
- Take a hat (otherwise you can buy hats at the place as well, not nice ones though).
- Lots of sunscreen and plenty of water to remain hydrated.

Visited September 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A fascinating part of recent history”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This trail was apparently made after the Pol Pot regime as a way of transporting materials and I suspect rice in particular. It is very basic in design - two axles on which a bamboo/wooden frame fits but not permanently attached, an engine with a home built clutch. The ride is a bit long and the ride back is exactly the same with not much to see. However it is worthwhile even if only to understand how Cambodians have coped in the aftermath of Pol Pot and used their ingenuity with what was available.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unique experience”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

A different way to travel but not for those with a bad back. A bumpy ride sitting on a platform as you travel on a single track about 1 mile long.The fun begins when you see another 'train' coming towards you! The rule is whoever has the least passengers has to stop, dismantle their transport and let the others through. A fun little trip and if you go late in the day you will get to see the sunset over the fields.

Visited November 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“take a cushion”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Loved it, amazing the way they dismantle trains to allow train going other way. Delightful family, beautiful children meet and greet, and sell. No pressure sales. Loved it but had bit of a minor sore backside at the end, as it is a fair way. Love Battambang.

Visited February 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Such fun.........”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Something simple but different; with a bit of excitement. Lovely and friendly local people and children with a great sense of humour. It was great having the children showing us around the village and having refreshments with the local people (little shops encouraging tourists to buy refreshments). The Bamboo train was exciting and relaxing because there was the risk of coming off, or the platform coming off from the wheels; but at the same time you get to see lovely greenery and countryside. A must do activity if you are in Battambang!

Visited April 2013
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