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Battambang - Authentic and Charming
Battambang is often overlooked.
It lacks the monumental touristic sites. But then neither does it suffer from congested traffic or hordes of tourists.
In fact, Cambodia's second largest city is still very authentic and in perfect balance – it’s bustling yet friendly and interesting without being overwhelming.
Underneath its sleepiness is a bubbling current of creativity, often fuelled by its expat community.
A selected choice of art boutique hotels, quirky cafés and innovative restaurants are among the urban draws, while the lush surrounding countryside is ideal for excursions.
Battambang is a laid-back riverside city with an old town of preserved, french style, colonial buildings.
Roaming around town, exploring these streets, takes you back in time. Visit the former cinema, French villas with its Art deco or one of the many galleries.
The hustle and bustle in the covered central market shouldn't be missed either. Countless little shops are selling everything from food, clothes to hygiene products and more.
Why not taking a trip to the abandoned airstrip for a sundowner with the locals before heading for a show at Phare Ponleu Selpak, a NGO that trains underprivileged children in the arts of circus performance.
Battambang may lack monumental touristic sites, but offers countless little gems, ready to be discovered by the curios few.
There are many more things to explore around Battambang: by foot, with a Tuk Tuk or by bicycle.
Climbing the steep stairs to the hill-top temple of Phnom Banon offers great views to the lush countryside.
Stopping by Ek Phnom to discover this ancient temple ruin, feels like any famous Angkor style temple, but with less visitors.
Visit the hill Pagoda of Phnom Sampauv, for an impressive view shared with dozens of monkeys, before visiting the "Killing Caves". A former execution site of the Khmer Rouge.
Enjoy a cold Cambodian beer while observing millions of bats leaving their cave at dawn, forming unique patterns in the sky.
Learn the ways of rural life, the production of fish paste, rice paper, bamboo sticky rice and more.
And for the adventure seeking traveler, a ride on the famous bamboo train along endless rice paddies can not be missed.
Plenty to do, around Battambang.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
From November to February, these months fall under the dry season and offer a pleasant climate with temperatures ranging between 18°C and 27°C.
Various providers of prepaid SIM Cards for mobile services including affordable data packages are available on the airport or in town.
MONEY & ATM's
You can find ATMs and money exchanges in town along Stung Sangker River and the central market.
DANGERS & ANNOYANCES
The WiFi infrastructure is wide spread in Siem Reap. Almost every venue these days offers free WiFi to their customers.
Battambang is the safe place for traveling. There is almost nothing to worry but always take precaution for bag- or cellphone-snatching
Ride The Bamboo Train
Riding the traditional Bamboo Train is a thrilling adventure.
To overcome opposite heading traffic, the "train" has to be dismantled and put aside to let the other party pass.
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