Battambang is a beautiful city that lies on Sangkae river bank and the second-largest city of Cambodia, where the best-preserved colonial architecture in this kingdom. The system of French colonial-built shops along the riverbank and temples are worth seeing in this city. Besides, Battambang has a small museum that contains artifacts from the Angkorian period. You will have the opportunity to see and learn more about the golden age of the ancient Khmer Empire. Besides, this is also home to countless ancient temples and traditional villages such as Phnom Banon and Wat Ek Phnom. If you are a lover of mountain climbing, this is also one of the places worth choosing. There is a large lake and hilltop pagodas here, the most known of which is Phnom Sampeau (Ship Hill) with sheer cliffs.

Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang in Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate with warm weather all year round. The best time to visit Battambang is in the dry season around November to February next year when the weather is not too hot and rainy.

Battambang is 293 km from Phnom Penh and can be reached by road and railway or you can also travel from Bangkok or Siem Reap to Battambang by road. In the earlier history, Battambang was occupied by Thailand most of the time since the 18th century until 1907 and another short time from 1941 to 1947 then this land is still influenced by Thai features that create uniqueness in the local culture.

Some of the famous sites can be listed when visiting Battambang such as Ksach Poy Floating Village, Hill Sampeau, Suburban Battambang, Wat Ek Phnom, and Phnom Banan, Prasat Sneung Temple, Wat Tahm Rai Saw, Barsaet Temple, Hill Sampeau…

Despite being Cambodia's second-largest city - after Phnom Penh, Battambang's facilities are in stark contrast. Walking on the streets, you will find that this place is very quiet with some strangely shaped motorbikes and reverse cars. This is in contrast to the bustling and chaotic landscape of the big city. In Battambang, the pace of life seems to slow down a few beats to allow people to live peacefully instead of fear and reel. However, the tranquility of this city doesn't mean it's boring. All parts of this locality have hidden in it a unique charm. Come to this place once and you will quickly fall in love with Battambang city.


At a first sight, you will immediately see Battambang city is a prominent address with ancient architecture. If you just glance at it, you can only see the sprawl of the ruins, with its scaly painted walls and a web of damp spots that seems a bit dull. However, it is a whole of the buildings built from the French colonial period in the early 20th century that still exists to this day. Large architectural works with sophisticated design are the pride of modern civilization in the last century. Some of the most outstanding projects were built along the riverside such as the Post Office and the Display Palace that were restored following their original design in the past. Therefore, they are impressive places to visit and explore that you cannot ignore.

One of the other features of Battambang is its impressive village scene as this land is known as the granary of Cambodia with fields stretching to the horizon. During the growing rice crop, a large area is covered in a vibrant green robe. That green color brightens the landscape and contrasts with the serene colors of ancient villages and monuments. The countryside around Battambang is perfect for a bicycle adventure, the journey will take you to visit traditional local craft villages, to learn about the process of rice wine production as well as weaving, which will give you a real experience of the local life in Battambang province.

Sangker River

Cambodia's best natural foods are mostly present in Battambang, and with the perse dining needs of foreign visitors, it has become a good direction for restaurants to thrive. Walking around the streets of Battambang, visitors easily find cheap local restaurants, quiet cafes of interest, restaurants specializing in Western dishes, or enjoy a classic French dish. A combination of dishes between Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam will also be a suggestion for an interesting dinner.

Explore floating villages on the lake by kayak is considered a "must-try" experience when visiting Battambang. The experience of swinging the paddle on the blue water while watching the fascinating natural scenery on both sides of the river will be unforgettable.

Recently, Battambang hotel system is developed with unique boutique hotels known by tourists so you can freely discover this city without any worry about accommodation.

Battambang is a peaceful and simple city that promises to bring many interesting experiences for you. This address not only hides a multitude of impressive architecture, rich culture but also extremely suitable for tight financial resources. Cambodia's second-largest city is a place with perfect balance, bustling, friendly, and contains many interesting things to explore.

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