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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.


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$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

$50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Local Livelihood Full 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.*Have a lunch made by a local family in a traditional Khmer house.*Learn about Buddhism and monk-hood at a local temple.*Visit French colonial sites to get deeper insights into Cambodian history.*Take a ride on Battambang's famous Bamboo train*All afternoon stops flexible and time dependent.*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

$43 Walking & Biking Tours

Customs and Culture Half Day Walk and Bike Tour in Battambang

Start the day off at our office in the center of town. Go into the countryside with our local guides to learn about the different roles in a Muslim fishing village such as a net weaver, fisherman, and dried fish maker. You'll ride through scenic rice fields and learn about local rice production and the importance of rice to Cambodian life. Take a break and enjoy drinks at a local Muslim cafe. Have a chance to explore a Buddhist temple and speak with a young monk there to learn about his lifestyle and more about Buddhist culture. Finish the tour with an authentic Cambodian style lunch.  This tour is suitable for people of all fitness levels. The ride is about 17 km. After hotel pickup, the tour starts from the Soksabike office at 7:30 and returns around 12:30pm.

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