Cambodia's second largest city lies in the heart of the Northwest and until the war years was the leading rice-producing province of the country. Battambang did not give way to the Khmer Rouge movement until after the fall of Phnom Penh, but it's been in the center of the ongoing government Khmer Rouge conflict ever since the Vietnamese invasion in 1979 pushed the genocidal regime out of Phnom Penh and to the Northwest.

Until the surrender deal of Ieng Sary (Khmer Rouge number three man based in Pailin),Battambang was the Khmer Rouge in the region. Earlier history saw Battambang flip-flopping back and forth between Thailand (called Siam before their 20th-century renaming) and Cambodia. Battambang is the main hub of the Northwest connecting the entire region with Phnom Penh and Thailand, and as such it's a vital link for Cambodia. Battambang city is a peaceful and pleasant place these days.

Around battambang what to see

Stting on sangker river just southwest of the Tonle Sap Lak, Battambang town is at the heart of Cambodia's rice, and even though it is the country second biggest town. It still has a very local, provincial atmosphere. Much of the architecture in French colonial and Traditional Cambodia. Few Building is over three stories and the main streets are shared by cars and horse cart alike. The local economy is truly local-based family in rice, wood, sapphires and food crops and is reflected in the character of the town.

Bamboo Train

The bamboo train is a unique and creative from of ad-hoc local transportation. It consists of a small ( perhaps 2.5x4m ), Motorcycles along the way. When it meets on oncoming train or bamboo train, it can be disassemble, and taken off the rail in a minute or two, allowing the other to pass. When touring the country side ask your driver to tack you to rails crossing where you can't meet a bamboo train to tack a ride.


The Phare Ponleu Selpak NGO gives the opportunity to Cambodian Children from poor and disabled families to " have access to culture via different activities " including music, drawing and circus.

Country Side Tour

The rural countryside outside of Battambang is National Geographic picturesque. Within just a few kilometers of town, the country side turn in to small villages filled with stilted houses and rice paddies that stretch to the horizen. You'll see plenty of country side on the way to any of local produce into the making rice paper, noodle and fish paste market. it very traditional if not a bit unhygienic and smelly.

Ek Phnom

Is an 11th century angkorian ruin built as a hindu temple under Suryavaraman I. The temple consists of presets of on a platform either some carving in pretty good condition. Wat Ek phnom, a modern pagoda, sits next to the ruin. The river drive to Ek Phom from Battambang passes to through same absolutely beautiful country side.

Phnom Banan

Is a mountaintop 11th century Angkorian ruin consisting of five presets. Peaceful location with a nice view of the area. Also L'Ang But Meas cave very old (150 year+) active pagoda at the base of the mountain.


Both battambang town and the surrounding country side are replete with pagoda, some of them very old, respected and displaying some very unique architecture. See around Battambang for complete information about visiting the local pagoda.

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