Enjoy riding on the world's one and only Bamboo train, a local innovation in response to transportation issues that also offers an adventurous experience at the same time.
Riding on a bamboo train is an adrenaline pumping and fun activity in Battambang. Running on a single track, the bamboo train, or Nori in Khmer, can come in either direction. Based on the signals of the drivers, passengers on one of the bamboo trains will need to get off to make way for the other train to pass.
The Bamboo train has a few stations wherein you can board. The most famous and accessible is the one located in O’Dambang village, a few kilometres south of Battambang town.
Opening Days and Hours
The Bamboo train runs daily from 05:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The fee for a ride is USD 20 per person. However, if you happen to board on one with many passengers and livestock, it could cost as low as USD 1 per person!
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to a Bamboo train station is by taking a tuk-tuk from Battambang.
The Bamboo train suits visitors consisting of family with kids above 6 years, small groups of friends, young couples, and backpackers who are adventurous.
Time to Spend
You can spend about 1 to 2 hours experiencing riding on the utterly unique Bamboo train.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
As the Bamboo train is a mode of transport for the local villages, avoid going very early in the morning or towards the end of its operation time as it could get quite uncomfortably crowded.
Food is only available at the villages.
Safety and Fraud
The Bamboo train has no safety devices such as safety belts, so ride at your own risk.
Battambang offers a wide choice of accommodation options such as budget guesthouses.
Good to Know
The bamboo train will take a break for 10 to 30 minutes when it has reached the end of the line before heading back.