Welcome to Battambang
There's something about Battambang that visitors just love. Forget the fact that there's really not all that much to do in the city proper: the colonial architecture teetering into genteel disrepair, the riverside setting, the laid-back cafes – they all make up for it. It's the perfect blend of relatively urban modernity and small-town friendliness.Outside the city's confines, meanwhile, timeless hilltop temples and... Read More
Top experiences in Battambang
Half-Day Battambang City Tour and Bamboo Train Ride
STOP 1: PROVINCIAL HALL - SALAKET The historical building known as the Salaket has been used for many government functions, and is a popular spot for photographers visiting the Battambang region. The Salaket stands out as a particularly beautiful work of architecture, having been designed by the nationally famous Van Bolivian. As you stop to take pictures or simply marvel, your tour guide will tell you about the building’s rich history.STOP 2: OLD STONE BRIDGEThe “Old Stone Bridge” earned it name during the French colonial period, being the first stone river-crossing in Battambang. Since then, it has become part of a network of many different trade routes, and a commonly used meeting point for many of the local residents. This is seen by many as one of the more positive souvenirs left behind by French expansion, as it helped along the quality of Khmer medicine and trade.STOP 3: DAMBANG KRONOUNG STATUEOn a roundabout just to the east of Battambang town, you’ll see a towering, black-skinned figure adorned with gold, kneeling on the grass and staring ahead with wide, fearsome eyes. This is the statue of Dambong Kronoung, a figure in a famous Cambodian folk tale, from which the name of Battambang is derived. As you pass by this imposing sculpture, your guide will tell you the story off by heart, and explain how it has featured in other Khmer art and customs.STOP 4: BAMBOO TRAIN AND SEE THE BRICK MAKINGOur next stop will bring us to the bamboo train, which we will board as a group. This will make for a truly unique experience, and will take you through a gallery of striking natural beauty, and many further points of historical or cultural interest, which your tour guide will point out. As you travel, your tour guide will teach you about the intriguing history of the railway, and the many different groups and professions which depend on it in their day to day lives.
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 luxurious Khmer-style boutique hotel. Each air-conditioned room has a private bathroom, TV, wi-fi and a balcony. Guests can also enjoy the salt water pool, library and restaurant.
Private Transfer from Siem Reap to Battambang
Take the hassle out of making land travel arrangements in destination by booking in advance! Driver will be awaiting to take you to Battambang. Maximum 3 persons per vehicle.
Half-Day Battambang Bike Tour
Get picked up from your hotel and head over to the bike rental office in the early morning for your 4-hour tour. Start off on a small dirt road to see a blacksmith factory. Spend a few minutes having a look the activities of the blacksmiths making cutting tool like axes, hoes and knifes. After, proceed to another factory that produces sticky rice bamboo cakes. Take some time to look around watch the locals making and selling this cake. You can enjoy a taste of this delicious snack as well.Next, enter a 300 year old pagoda called Wat Samrong Khnong ( Well of shadow / killing field ) and learn a bit about Buddhist history and the Khmer Rouge from your guide. Then continue on the countryside road to see the activities of farmers who grow/harvest crops in the fields (based on the season). Spend as much as you would like to communicate and relax with locals here. After this, cross the Sangkher River to visit the famous Phrahok Fish Market. About 10 minutes later, you will reach a place known as the rice paper villages. Here, you can take a break and enjoy delicious snacks such as fresh and deep-fried spring rolls. Have a look at how rice paper is produced while relaxing.After this, move on to the banana chip villages. Take about 10 or 15 minutes to watch and learn how to make this dried banana treat, from a family who works together with their children to produce it. Then you can sample this delicious snack. The last stop will be to a rice wine factory. Learn about the rice whiskey production process which uses interesting ingredients such as curry, rice hush, broken rice and rice grain. When all the activities are complete, you will head back to the bike shop and then to your hotel.
3 Days Battambang by Road and Boat
Day 1 Siem Reap – Battambang Leave from Siem Reap in the morning and drive through the scenic landscape of rural Cambodia in direction of Battambang (approximately 2.5 hours). En route, we stop at the Silk farm of Puok where you will assist to the entire silk creation process from growing the mulberry tree to the end product. In the early afternoon, after lunch at the hotel, the town of Battambang will be thoroughly explored as we commence with a city tour to see the local pagoda and the French colonial architecture.Late afternoon, we will give you the opportunity to explore on your own before dinner at the hotel where you will spend the coming 2 nights.Day 2 BattambangBreakfast at hotel; we intend to fill the day with diving deeper into Battambang and its rural surroundings. A combination or our ‘livelihood tour’ and make stops at local villages and schools prior to heading to the Phare School. This school is Cambodia’s leading association for art education and a testimony to its contemporary culture cannot be better presented when you will visit the campus of the Phare Ponleu Selpak.Note: The Phare Ponleu Selpak School is closed during the weekends and public holidays. The circus performances are only on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during high season and Mondays and Thursdays in the low season. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to the bamboo train station, where we board the bamboo train, a local means of transporting goods and persons over the length of approximately 8 kilometres. This very local and basic means is an experience on its own, outside seeing rice paddy fields (season depending) and the landscape of rural Cambodia. We will stop at a local village, where your guide will explain the daily life of a farmer and its family and show you around the premises. (NB: If time permits, join an aerobic group on the Sangke River and enjoy making some music and spot with Cambodian people).The evening is reserved for a culinary strolling tour along the Sangke River and the old colonial quarter. Try out some of the local delicacies, accompanied with a drink and smiling street vendors along the river banks. A fun way to get to know the local street food of Battambang and the Khmer nightlife scene!Overnight at hotel in Battambang.Day 3 Battambang – Siem ReapAfter breakfast, we check out of the hotel and head down to the Sangker River boat pier, where we embark on a private boat that sails across the Tonle Sap Lake. The view from your boat over the wonderful landscape and see the daily life along the river during the 6 to 7 hours journey is truly something worth this relaxing means of traveling back to Siem Reap. A picnic lunch on board is included.In the late afternoon, we reach Siem Reap and transfer you to your booked hotel.
Ultimate Cambodian Adventure
No matter where you travel in Cambodia, the past is always present. History, both ancient and modern, is everywhere here; whether you’re cycling in the shadows of the mighty Angkor Wat, wandering the streets of cosmopolitan Phnom Penh, or exploring the Irrawaddy in search of river dolphins, you can’t escape the pull of time that shaped – and continues to shape – this arresting land.