Death Ride in Cambodia [READ]
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A story about a time I was SURE I would die
It was a hot, sticky day in Siem Reap, like every other day in Cambodia. The heat was beginning to get to me. I’d compared prices around the tourist offices and found a ticket for an “express” van that cost little more than the tourist bus. I hastily purchased my ticket, unaware of the horrors that lay ahead.
The next morning I sprung out of bed early, ready for my next adventure. I was heading to Sihanoukville, a
As soon as the van pulled out onto the tiny one-lane highway I
A half an hour into my very own episode of ‘Fast and Furious’, I snap my neck to the right to catch a scene of utter concern. An open-back truck had fallen into a huge ditch. The truck had been previously filled with a bunch of Cambodian people all on their way to work, whom were now standing around scratching their heads and looking confused. Presumably the truck had jumped off the road and into the ditch to avoid a head-on collision with another vehicle. And, oh shit, the same thing was going to happen to us! As this revelation began to dawn on me, I scrambled for my seatbelt. None. I look around me and everyone was calm. Calm? How can they be calm? We are going 200km/h +! We will die, guaranteed..! Nope, no one cared.
The death-van continued to rumble along the road, forcing cars and motorbikes out of its way. An unfortunate motorbike took too long to
The driver, who didn’t speak any English, happily munched away on his lunch clueless to the multiple heart attacks I’d been experiencing due to his driving. I felt it was my duty to ask him to drive slower. But in my attempt to tell him, it was then I
Three more hours of near-death experiences in the van from hell, we stopped again in Phnom Penh at a bus stop. Parked next to us was an old, rusty bus with the word ‘Sihanoukville’ on the front. I alighted, found a ticket salesperson and asked if I could swap my seat on the van for one on the bus. “But Madam, bus
Currency: 2 Currencies – USD and Cambodian Riel (KHR, ៛)
$1 USD = ៛4, 000
I was here: September 2013