With a cautious driver the journey from Phnom Penh to Battambang* by mini van may not seem one for the faint-hearted.
With a daring driver perhaps not a journey to be undertaken by anyone with plans. Yet the apparent chaos has its own order and a total absence of arrogance. I suspect road rage is not experienced much here.
It was charming seeing young children gleefully playing a kind of slip’n slide mud soccer in the downpour. But a modern red coach parked askew on the roadside with the smashed-in driver’s side was an exclamation mark not be be ignored.
After a while you adapt to crossing a street. What seems at first like a kamikaze dive gives way to a zen-like trust in the traffic to flow around you as you move trustingly into the stream.
*edited due to sneaky autocorrect!