Battambang: An interesting city in Cambodia (Travel Tips)
After Phnom Penh, Battambang is the second largest city in the country with a colonial architecture, largely due to the influence of the French.
If you decide to travel through Cambodia, you should not only visit Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor, but also visit the other places in the country.
The city on the river itself has no big attractions, but in the area there are some attractions.
On the other hand, the city of Battambang is very relaxed, visiting a coffee shop on the river, the circus in the city and letting the people, the environment and the architecture work on you.
Battambang Phare Circus:
A visit to the Phare circus of Battambang is worth seeing and definitely worth it.
The shows, organized by students of the Phare Ponleu Selpak Art School, include a variety of circus disciplines including acrobatics, juggling, aerial work, clowning, tightrope and aqua-balance.
The students help disadvantaged children and adolescents get out of poverty and obtain a reasonable school education. The entertaining performances are available every Monday and Thursday evening.
The city center is easily explored on foot and normally you can not get lost. The river that runs through the city is a very good landmark.
Trips to the surrounding area of Battambang
It is best to rent a tuk tuk with a driver, or a motorbike taxi, and explore the area. From the Tuk Tuk driver you get a slightly larger piece of paper on which the standard sights are drawn. The other two options are, get such a map, rent a bike or motorbike and drive on your own through the area.
One of the biggest sights Battambang has unfortunately discontinued:
The railway line between Phnom Penh, Battambang and Poipet is scheduled to return soon. The old tracks on which the Bamboo Train drove are needed for this new service.
New Bamboo Train in Battanbang. Since 2018 there is a new Bamboo Train route. See video.
There are, as almost always, several ways to make the journey: By bus, minibus, taxi and motorcycle.
It takes 2.5 to 3 hours to drive from Siem Reap to Battambang and 4.5 to 5 hours from Phnom Penh.
From Bangkok to Battambang it goes by minibus and the journey takes 8 to 9 hours including border crossing.
From Koh Kong to Battambang via Pursat, since 2017, a road has passed through the jungle and the cardamom mountains.
A tour worth seeing. Especially suitable as a motorcycle tour.
Here you can search, find and book a bus ticket, taxi ticket or boat ticket.
The choice of accommodation is not as big as in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.
There are both inexpensive ways to stay in a budget inn, as well as mid-range hotels and upscale hotels for travelers looking for a little more comfort.
As the accommodation available is constantly changing, it is best to refer to the hotel and booking page.