Cambodia – Part Five: Battambang and the Bamboo Train

After a week in Siem Reap I was ready for a change from photographing temples dawn and dusk, I caught the bus to Battambang a sleepy city on the road between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Initially I couldn’t see much photographic potential but as I explored on foot this town began to reveal its potential. So often when travelling it can be tempting to move on without giving a place any time. My first hour or two wandering through Battambang yielded little but eventually I found the disused Railway station, and then the crumbling facades on the other side of town, and it all started coming together…

Portrait of Man, Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

Nikon D880E with 24-70mm at 60mm, 1/200th at F/4, ISO100

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Panning shots of traffic outside Coloniial style buildings, Battambang – D800E, 24-70 at 70mm, 1/30th at F/20, ISO50

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Abandoned Railway Station, Battambang

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Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

(Lunch)

I’d read about the bamboo train when researching Cambodia and if in this area its a must do! The disadvantage of single track railways is that if trains are coming in opposite directions there is no way for them to pass – so these bamboo trains were invented, whoever had the most cargo got priority and the other guy would pull his train of the tracks. Nowadays it only runs as a tourist attraction (and photo op).

Bamboo Train Ride, Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

D800E with Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm, 1/400th at F/11, ISO100

Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

The sun setting over  the Cambodian countryside

Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

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Portrait of Jay, Battambang, Battambang Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

Portrait of Jay, Battambang – Nikon D800E with 24-70mm at 70mm, 1/160th at F/2.8, ISO320

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