Welcome to Battambang

Outside the city's confines, meanwhile, timeless hilltop temples and bucolic villages await. Not to mention the most scenic river trip in the country, which links Battambang with Siem Reap.

That Cambodia's best-known circus (the magnificent Phare Ponleu Selpak) is here is no coincidence: the city has an enduring tradition of producing many of Cambodia’s best-loved singers, actors and artists.

Top experiences in Battambang

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Recent articles

Travel guides

Starting at $36.39

Image for

Battambang activities

$416 Private & Custom Tours

A 2 Day Private Tour to Battambang & Bamboo Train

Day1: Siem Reap-BattambangMeet your guide and driver at lobby of hotel  at 8 am. Then we will continue to Battambang Province, the heart of Cambodia’s rice bowl. Its title gives it away. It’s the area where the Cambodia produces most of its rice, and it not unusual to see cattle driving carts of rice along its dusty mud tracks. On arrival, drive along the picturesque to the tourist site call “Phnom Banon”. Back to hotel Day2: Battambang-Siem ReapAfter breakfast, transfer to the Bamboo Train Station which villagers to facilitate the transportation of both goods and passengers. The train’s very basic technology, which is comprised of a platform on 4 wheels which is activated by a small motor for the 8km travel through beautiful landscapes and rice paddies to the next station. Leave the train and start coming back to Siem Reap and drop by to visit Silk farm before arrival in Siem Reap.

$4550 Outdoor Activities

Complete Cambodia Motorcycle Adventure

Day 1: Arrival day - Bonus night accommodation. Transfer from airport to hotel. *Welcome dinner Day 2: Free day to explore Phnom Penh under your own steam. Biike handover at 5pm Day 3: Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham, 120 km Ride out of the city taking a Buddhist blessing enroute and overnight in Kampong Cham on the banks of the Mekong Day 4: Kampong Cham to Sen Monorom, 180 km Ride to the provincial capital of Mondulkiri. On arrival, visit the local waterfalls of Bou Sra, one of the biggest in the country Day 5: Mondulkiri to Ratanakiri, 200 km Head further north to Banlung, home to a large volcanic crater lake, Yeak Laom. Lunch there and maybe even have a swim too. Then on to the hotel for a peaceful evening. Day 6: Ratanakiri to Stung Treng, 240 km Head for the Laos border province of Stung Treng. Grab a boat to look for the rare Mekong Irrawaddy river dolphin on the Laos border and a chance to take in the awesome sight of Four Thousand Islands, the largest falls in SE Asia. Stay the night in Stung Treng town Day 7: Stung Treng to Sra Em and Preah Vihear, 280 km Strike for the remote corner of Thailand at the temple of Preah Vihear. Blast up the steep road to the top of the plateau that forms the border with Thailand and Cambodia. Stay in the nearby town of Sra Em Day 8: Sra Em to Preah Khan, 160 km Head south to a huge and very much off-the-beaten-track temple. Preah Khan is where you'll spend the night under canvas Day 9: Preah Khan to Siem Reap, 200 km Break camp to travel on to Siem Reap, home to the world's largest religious monument, Angkor Wat Day 10: Siem Reap - City of temples (Rest day) A free day to explore Siem Reap and the surrounding temples. Meet for dinner Day 11: Around the lake to Battambang / Pursat, 150 km Head around the north end of the lake. Lunch in Battambang, the former military garrison town and frontline in the battle with the Khmer Rouge. Ride a out of town to the Bat and Killing Caves. End the day in Pursat with a dip in the pool Day 12: Over the Cardamoms, 240 km Ride from Pursat into the Cardamoms national park past the huge new Chinese hydroelectric project. The Cardamoms is one of the last great wildernesses in SE Asia and, despite the hydro projects, still boasts a wealth of wildlife. Great views of the jungle-covered mountains. Stay the night in the coastal fishing town of Koh Kong Day 13: The beach comb, 200 km From Koh Kong, you ride back along the edge of the national park down to the coastal town of Kampong Saom. Stay in a luxury hotel close to the beach and in the heart of town. Cambodia Expeditions has often stopped on this route to listen out for the wild gibbons in the park. Finish the day with your boots in the ocean and a cocktail in hand Day 14: Beach relax (Rest day) Fee day to explore. Farewell dinner. Day 15: Transfer to the airport, 220km

$275 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Battambang Tour from Siem Reap Including Driver

We will drive to Battambang from Siem Reap by air-conditioned car or minivan (for groups) for about three hours. Upon arrival we will go out to explore Battambang city's graceful French colonial architecturey and see the bustling night market. Afterwards your driver will take you on a tour of the cities attractions such as temples. The next day we are heading out again to visit the countryside to explore to the villages of Odam Bang and Wat Kor and learn about the local industries and visit the hilltop temples of Phnom Sampeau and Phnom Banan ,hidden limestone caves where reminders of the Khmer Rouge lie. We finish our tour with a unique experience of riding the famous Nory bamboo train and a visit to the brick factory. Then we go back to town to have something to eat and afterwards head back to Siem Reap. The hotel you will stay at is a style boutique hotel. Each air-conditioned room has a private bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi , breakfast included.

$32 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Battambang Biking Tour: Food and Culture in the Countryside

Spend a morning on the trail, taking breaks to visit Cambodian families who have been producing traditional products the same way for generations. See (and taste!) rice paper, dried bananas, bamboo sticky rice, and rice wine as you meander along the Sangkae River. Then, immerse yourself in a Cambodian fishing village. By the end of the journey, you will have learned first-hand about everyday life in the rural communities which make up over 70% of Cambodia’s population. This opportunity will not only provide a fantastic overview of Cambodian culture, but also open your eyes to an entirely new way of life!Tour proceeds will go towards professional staff development and community engagement activities such as clean ups, sustainable farming, and educational workshops.

$69 Tours & Sightseeing

Battambang City Tour and Bat-cave Tour

08:00 pick up from your hotel by Tuk Tuk & English speaking guide discover the city of Battambang, a charming big city where you can watch the elegant houses in the French colonial style along the river. We pass through traditional villages along the route where you can attend the manufacture of family rice cakes and contacting people about their daily lives. We drive to the Bamboo Railway Station. The Bamboo Train has been set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of goods and people. The train in itself is very basic – one platform on 4 wheels activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform we travel the 8km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies. On arrival, we visit a village and discover the daily life of the Cambodian countryside. We continue to the well-preserved 11th century mountaintop Angkorian temple of Phnom Banan. After climbing the 350+ steps you are treated to a wonderfully peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside, with small villages dotting the endless rice paddies, punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees a wonderful sunset location. Departure to Phnom Sampeu Mountain. Phnom Sampeou means 'Ship Mountain' because its peculiar shape reminds of a ship. Atop a 100-meter-high mountain stands a pagoda and three natural caves: Pkasla, Lakhaon and Aksopheak. Pkasla cave is full of uprooted stones and is considered important because it is where Phnom Sampeou residents come to celebrate after a marriage. Arrive and start our visitting by climbing up through the old stair, around 500 steps. Take few stops on the way and you will reach a Buddhist Pagoda. Continue on foot to the Lakhaon Cave where Cambodian people were killed and drop down into the cave during Pol Pot regime. Skeletons of their victims still remain in the caves. We continue to visit a giant Buddha statue being meditation with 5 monk statues in front. We will now start our descent down the mountain, just in time to catch the bats! As darkness falls, we will begin to see thousands of nocturnal bats taking flight from the surrounding caves in a massive formation of dark, black clouds. Be sure to photograph this amazing and staggering sight!

$32 Tours & Sightseeing

Local Livelihood Half Day Bike Tour in Battambang

* After a free pick up from hotel (7 or 7:30) you can choose to have a free welcome drink at Kinyei cafe or get right on the road. Have a quick bike safety tutorial and learn some basic Khmer and you're off.*Meet families that make traditional products such as rice paper, dried banana, bamboo sticky rice, fish paste and rice wine.*Have a refreshing snack break in a traditional house with fresh fruit and coconuts.*Learn about every day life in rural communities.*Enjoy a scenic ride through the rice fields. *Visit a memorial site for the victims of the Khmer Rouge.*Return to the Soksabike office through the countryside. *Support these communities by working with Soksabike - we give a portion of our revenue back to each family you visit.*Our guides have excellent language skills and as a local, they can share personal insights on the tour - or help you ask the familiies you'll visit questions you might have. Our guides are local universities students and are receiving vocational training and support.Inclusions:* One free drink at Kinyei cafe.* Mountain bike with safety helmet. *Snacks and tastings at stops.*Water