When I travel I like to try to immerse myself and be part of the local customs. While visiting in Nepal, I noticed the locals not only ride inside the bus, they are on the roof with cargo and animals. It was Diwali and everyone was heading home, so all the buses were extra full.
Yes, it is not safe and definitely exceed the occupancy allowance. However it looked like fun.
One day traveling towards a small town, we all asked the group leader to let us ride on top of the bus. We swapped seats with our luggage. We sat on the roof, our luggage sat on the seats inside the bus. When the bus drove under overhead electrical wire, someone would yell out “Duck!”
Our point of view changed. There was a mixture of exhilaration and fear. Extremely memorable!