Years ago when I lived in Bali, when we went inland on the motorbike, we would often come across truckloads of Balinese, dressed in ceremonial costume, hurtling in the opposite direction...I would ask my Indonesian partner where they were all going....he would tell me that they were going across the island to a ceremony....fair enough!
But then....we would be passed by truckloads going the other way...same question, same answer....
Why then, I would ask, do they just not stay on their own side of the island for a ceremony, & cut out the travelling time, stuffed like sardines standing on the back of a truck ?
He would get irritated with me, & tell me I didnt understand...well duh...no, that is why I asked...LOL
Finally, I just had to put it down to one of lifes little mysteries !
I have come across a similar situation, here in Kampot....
Upriver from the town, is a Cham fishing village...at sunset each night, the boats head DOWN the river to the sea.....
Downriver is another Cham fishing village, who head UP the river to the sea...
Nothing mysterious so far, eh?
I will now show you a map, which may help you understand what I am getting at...
Its a local attraction...nightly, the river wall is packed with locals, drinking coffee, eating (vendor carts everywhere), as they watch the antics...lol
My question is...why dont the downriver boats go downriver ?
& why dont the upriver crowd, turn right at the junction?
Then it would be a case of "never the twain should meet" LMAO
A sweet young courting couple told me they thought it was something to do with traditional fishing rights...& that nothing has changed for hundreds of years...but surely at some stage, someone hasnt thought "this is crazy...why dont we just swap fishing grounds?"
Its mystifying to me ! The only explanation I can come up with, is that these fishing folks live hard , boring lives....out to sea all night, in all weathers, back home at dawn, a few hours sleep, then tinkering with their boats, mending nets etc, then start all over again...maybe this daily argy bargy is the only entertainment they get ?
Same same with the Balinese ceremonial revellers...much more social & fun to stand elbow to elbow in the back of a truck, going on an outing somewhere different, than popping down the alley to your local temple?
Who knows? (why oh why does my brain get caught up, fixating on trivia, to which there is often no answer? LOL)
As for the fishing boats, it is a wonderful spectacle as they come down the river, past the town, each night....like clockwork, at sunset they appear...dozens & dozens of them...with the sun setting behind Bokor Mountain, behind them...the boats are quite small, but have very powerful motors...the air reverberates with the noise, throughout the town, as they pass....
The locals seem to get endless joy from watching them each night...while the tourists & expats are tucked up in bars, backs to the river, sucking on their beers & poncy cocktails...pfft...there is a lot I dont understand, in life!