No, I haven’t traveled like a local in Cambodia, but from how Tim Patterson describes it at Jaunted, my local travel in The Gambia sounds close. His line about both butt checks falling asleep at the same time brought back memories.
As one of his entries for the Embedded Travel Guide to Cambodia, a series where he blogs about his experiences staying in a guest house in Sihanoukville, Patterson describes the various ways one can get from point A to point B in that country. The emotions he highlights are shock, misery and exhilaration–perfect word choices for capturing the flavor of many of the experiences I’ve had while shouldering my way into a bush taxi, or bobbing along in ramshackle boat without a life jacket and the shore almost too far away to see.
For anyone heading to a place where transportation is an assortment of tuk-tuks, fishing boats, buses, bamboo rafts, regular boats, motorcycles, cyclos, regular taxis, pick-up trucks, or heaven knows what else–ox carts, for example, Patterson’s guide is a great way to familiarize yourself with what’s out there and how to play it safe as best you can.
Patterson’s idea is you jump on, have fun, but know the risk. I second his emotions. Besides, you’ll end up with some great tales to tell and you won’t even have to embellish the details to make the stories more fantastic.
[Photo from Jaunted. Clicking on it brings you to Patterson’s guide.]