Situated in north western Cambodia and founded in the 11th century, Battambang, capital city of Battambang province, is now known for being the leading rice-producing province of the country. It is set up along the Sangke River and the presence of some of the best preserved French colonial architecture creates a similar town atmosphere comparable to this found in southern Kampot town.
Recently the dining options in & around town have become varied with anything from Western over pizza and Chinese to Khmer, fine dining, steak and BBQ on the menus. Battambang provides excellent opportunities for small tours and is a great base to leave on longer day trips to Pailin town (84km) and to explore the north western Cardamom Mountains and Thai order area. Most popular among tourists and locals are visits to the hill temple of Phnom Sampov, relaxing around Kamping Puoy lake and exploring Wat Banan and other Angkorian temples in the vicinity. For the more adventurous and fit traveler, kayaking is on offer and mountain bike trips can be arranged. Ask around in guesthouses in town to find out how to book these activities.
When in town try not to miss out on a show by the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus troupes, 1.5km out of town. An amazing project for street children that books international success. If you plan to catch the bamboo train then you’d rather be in a hurry as the Cambodian railway rehabilitation will force its operations to halt forever sooner or later …
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