Could you explain the ending of Singapore creepypasta #10? Why was he confused? Why do they run around villages?

http://fifteenhours-creepystories.tumblr.com/post/149055523615/singapore-creepypasta-10-an-interesting-story

SPOILER ALERT

The village is haunted by spirits such as the one the soldiers had encountered while following the smoke into the village, which is why the soldiers are ordered to run around the village instead of through it.