Battambang

Battambang

Battambang, located in northwestern Cambodia, contains the second most populous city in the country after Phnom Penh. The provincial capital, also Battambang, has always been a popular destination for its nearby ancient temples, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist shrines.

Sitting on the Sangker River just south west of the Tonle Sap Lake, Battambang town is at the heart of Cambodia's 'rice bowl', and it maintains an untouched, bucolic feel. The streets are filled with remarkably well-preserved French colonial buildings alongside traditional Cambodian houses. The nearby countryside harbors old pagodas, Angkorian era ruins, caves, waterfalls, and Khmer Rouge period killing fields.

Places of interest include Phnom Sampeu, a hill with caves of Buddha statues; the 12th Century Prasat Snung, Wat Banan, an Angkorian temple now occupied as a Buddhist shrine; Wat Baydamram where thousands of fruit bats reside, and Wat Ek Phnom.

Bamboo Train

Bamboo Train

Called "norry" by the locals, the bamboo train is a unique and creative form of transport. It consists of a small motorcycle engine-powered bamboo platform that rides on the railway tracks picking up and dropping off passengers, cargo, animals and motorcycles along the way. When it meets another bamboo train coming the other way the...

Wat Ek Phnom Temple

Wat Ek Phnom Temple

Located about 11km from Battambang Wat Ek Phnom dates to the 11th century and is one of the most visited attractions around Battambang.

Wat Banan Temple

Wat Banan Temple

Located about 18km from town along a new road Wat Banan is an Angkor era temple which sits on top of a hill close to the Sanker river.

Museum of Battambang

Museum of Battambang

The Battambang Museum is small but well worth a visit ($1) for it's limited but attractive collection of sculpted lintels from the Angkor era and other artifacts from all over the province.

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