Crossing Cambodia

Monday, January 14, 2008

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During the end of the year break Crossing Cambodia was to be found inching itself up Lao's mountainous spine.

Relevance? Well, the fact that traffic in the Lao capital of Vientiane is so gentle and orderly. This for a country which not only borders the anarchical Cambodia as well as other well-known countries of unlimited personal traffic freedom such as Vietnam.

So how come? Are the Lao so different from the Khmer? Or have they put more effort into traffic (and safety) regulation?

Unseen in Cambodia: Vientiane residents line up neatly before a downtown traffic light. All motorcyclists have the helmets on!
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