Strange Cargo on the Dirt Roads of Andong Meas, Cambodia.

Strange Cargo on the Dirt Roads of Andong Meas, Cambodia.

I saw some odd sights on my recent BACK-related research trip to Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.

I had gone to look for Khmer Rouge former strongholds close to the Vietnamese border and as I travelled to the small town of Andong Meas, a beat-up motorbike flashed past.

Is that a....?

Is that a….?

I thought I saw a pig on the back, as it disappeared into the distance.

Yes it is!

Yes it is!

Scarcely believing my eyes, I grabbed the camera and fired off a few shots, and sure enough, it was a pig.

Then another one came flying around the corner (see headline photo).

Andong Meas, a former Khmer Rouge town in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.

Andong Meas, a former Khmer Rouge town in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.

I was more surprised about seeing pigs on the back of motorbikes because, if a vehicle has wheels in Ratanakiri Province, it is usually engaged in hauling illegally logged hardwoods from the jungle.

A typical scene as a car hurtled away from us along the dusty road.

A typical scene as a car hurtled away from us along the dusty road.

Although I’m pretty sure the pigs wouldn’t have been that comforted by that thought, as they bounced and shook through the dirt and dust of Ratanakiri’s red roads, on their way to a no doubt grisly end.

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