Battambang is the name of both a Cambodian city and province founded over thousand years ago by the Khmer Empire. With a population of over 250,000, Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city.
Long a commercial hub linking Phnom Phen & Thailand, the city of the Battambang is centered on the Sangker River. This usually tranquil river winds its way through much of the providence but during heavy rain seasons flooding does occur. Most houses situated alongside the river are built on stilts to protect the occupants.
Travelers arrive in Battambang via Phnom Phen and Siem Reap, which has the beautiful and impressive temples of Anchor Wat. On arrival it is immediately apparent the pace of life is only half the speed of life everywhere else. This very subdued and low-key city is a perfect place to just sit back and enjoy a little bit of time.
Historically the roads around Battambang have been full of potholes. Many travelers have forgone traveling this way due to the extensive damage done to the roads from the heavy rains that occur however, recently the roads have been paved over and what used to be a 5 hour grueling trip can now be easily undertaken in about two hours.
Situated close to Battambang is the small city of Pailin where tourists go to purchase rubies and emeralds, and gamble at the casinos on the border. The bus trip from Siem Reap to Battambang is approximately 5 hours. The bus trip from Phnom Phen to Battambang is approximately 8 hours and Battambang it is approximately 2 hours from the Thai border. This is an open border crossing, crossed by only a few อนิเมะซับไทย, which makes for a fairly easy cross.
There many things you can do in Battambang including walking around the peaceful town, talking with the monks at local Wat (Temple), you can wander around the markets, watch satellite TV in your room, rent a Tuk-Tuk or a bicycle and ride along the river. A motorcycle is recommended for the 11 km from town to the small 11th century Khmer temple of Wat Ek Phnom.
There are numerous Battambang hotels and restaurants to choose from and they are typically extremely cheap. A safe, clean hotel room with air conditioning can be found as cheap as $13.
You can go for a ride in the countryside and close to Battambang is Phnom Sampeau, a temple situated on top of a stone cliff, offering a panoramic view. Caves at the temple contain the bones from the victims of the Khmer Rogue. If you like ruins, a smaller version of Angkor Wat sits on a hill 25 km away.