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Battambang is Cambodia's second most populous city, and a popular tourist destination due to the many nearby ancient temples, Buddhist shrines and the infamous bamboo railway. It is also the capital of Battambang Province.
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Points of Interest in Battambang
- Battambang Circus, Phare Ponleu Selpak (10 min journey by tuk-tuk from the centre of Battambang), ☎ +855 53 952424. Performances every M and Th at 18:00. The shows are fun, energetic and exciting and include a range of circus disciplines. The ticket price helps support the NGO school which works with disadvantaged children and teenagers. USD10.
- Phnom Sampeu. A hill with the killing caves of the Khmer Rouge, a few others caves adorned with Buddhist statues, and a monastery with two Buddhist stupas on the hilltop. The admission charge also includes Wat Banan. It takes about 1 hr to climb the circuit to the monastery on top, with a short-cut leading back down to the shops and restaurants which line the approach road. USD2.
- Statues. Battambang is known for its statues, which seemingly decorate every public place. Most are of animals (mythical and real) and divinities. The most famous of these statues is on the main road in from Phnom Penh and is of an ancient Khmer King holding a stick which he used to quell rebellions in the Battambang area. The name of the town and province derives from this legend.
- Wat Banan. The so-called mini-Angkor Wat, an impressive flight of stairs lead up to a dilapidated Angkor-style temple which is still in use as a Buddhist shrine.
- Wat Baydamram. A temple where hundreds of fruit bats live in trees under the protection of the Buddhist monks.
- Wat Ek Phnom (About 15 km northwest of Battambang). Angkor-type temple ruin. The road runs along lovely small rivers flanked by trees and small villages making it a generally nice area. Approaching Wat Ek Phnom, you suddenly encounter a giant Buddha statue in the wat, which is certainly picture-worthy. The grounds of the wat also have an Angkorian-era temple which is in relatively good shape and with some interesting carvings.
- Wat Samraong Knong. Roughly translates as "wat in the forest". An extremely old pagoda on the east side of the Sangker River. The eerie old wat was used as a Khmer Rouge prison, and there were many executions on the premises. A new pagoda is now being built, and there is a memorial to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, with graphic illustrations, just to the north.
Popular events in Battambang in the near future
- Bamboo Train. The term "train" is here used loosely: a large bamboo platform mounted on train axles powered by a small go-kart engine. A trip on the train can be booked in most hotels or arranged with a motorbike/tuk-tuk driver. It is regulated by Battambang's Tourist Police, with a standard rate of USD5 per person, minimum 2 people or USD10 for one person, with discounts for larger groups. Ask the driver to pause at scenic places.
- Bicycle Tours (Battambang Butterfly Tours) (Hotel pickups in Battambang), ☎ +855 89 297070, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Takes you on a half-day or full-day trip to various sites around Battambang. The tour is an initiative run by university students and priced reasonably, around USD15 for a half day tour. The guides are students of English at the university level and provide an interesting local insight into life in Cambodia. USD15 per person. Group discounts.
- Green Orange Kayak, ☎ +855 77 204 121. Go on a beautiful Stung Sangker River voyage from the small village of Ksach Poy to Battambang, past riverside terraces and traditional bamboo houses. Get away from the dusty roads and learn first hand about traditional fishing and farming techniques. Half day trip, 11 km. USD12.
- Volunteer Teaching English (Battambang Orphanage Village Assistance) (10 min north of Battambang), ☎ +855 12 326577. Stay at a home stay in Samroang Khnong Village and volunteer to help teach English to children. Call Mr. Sophorn and he will pick you up from town and make you very welcome indeed. No experience or special skills are required, just a willingness to help the delightful local children speak a bit more English. The small price includes accommodation and three delicious meals a day. USD12 per person per night.
- Ch'Ngainh Ch'Ngainh, ☎ +855 12 639350, e-mail: email@example.com. A homey, familial approach to cookery conducted in a family home. Daily courses priced at USD10..
- Nary Kitchen (Opposite Holiday Guesthouse), ☎ +855 12 763950.
There are plenty of places to eat, but after 19:00 some places close and lots of streets become dark, so eating early (around 18:00) is recommended.
You can get some great French-style bread (by French standards) for 1,000 riel a medium-size baguette up north, between the French cultural centre and the giant statue marking the entry in Battambang from the main inter-provincial road. The bread that street sellers have elsewhere in town is of a much lower standard for the same price, similar to that found in Phnom Penh, baguette-shapes, but sprinkled with sugar. Some people do not notice any difference between the bread sold in the north and elsewhere in Battambang. It is generally of decent quality all across the city.
- Apple of Love (La Pomme d'Amour), St 2.5, #63, ☎ +855 12 415513, +855 12 963189. 07:00-22:00. Khmer cuisine with a French twist, sophisticated and creative with pleasant staff. Wine list.
- Au Cabaret Vert Restaurant (Au Cabaret Vert-Hôtel à Battambang), Toul Ta Ek, Otakom 2 (5 min from the market by tuk-tuk), ☎ +855 53 6562000,+855 77 991384, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Traditional Cambodian dishes, their speciality is fish amok, complemented by a French-style menu that includes desserts and wine. USD9-16 for a main course, starters USD8-12.
- Bamboo Train Café & Bar' (Cross the new bridge, 200 m further and it's on the right side just after the pizza house), e-mail: email@example.com. 06:30-22:00. Relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff.
- Cafe Eden, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Western-style river front cafe restaurant run by an American woman. Serves Western and Asian food, and coffee. Kitchen works to Western food handling and preparation standards.
- Gecko Cafe, St 3 (One block south of Psa Nath Market). Nice atmosphere, limited but very tasty menu. Free Wi-Fi.
- Natural (Project of an NGO called Coconut Water Foundation), N091-G34 Rd 3. 20 Ousaphear Village, Svaypoar Commune (St 3, 100 m south of the central market), ☎ +855 89 409 958. A shop and organic coffee place. The shop sells handmade clothes, bags and wallets made by local home based producers and from other local NGOs, watercolour post cards, and pictures made by art students from another NGO. Organic fruit shakes, green tea with fruits and vegetarian breakfast & brunch options. There is also a Khmer lady weaving using an authentic old loom.
- Smokin' Pot, Ph.3. Cooking school-cum-restaurant offering a good range of Khmer and Thai food. Vegetarian-friendly. Note that there are two establishments called "Smokin' Pot" a few blocks apart. Mains 8,000-20,000 riel.
- White Rose (Almost opposite the Smoking Pot). Huge menu, and some great fruit shakes. This place is more typically Asian-style than Western-style cosy but is still full of foreigners. The staff seem a bit stressed and not very hospitable. A plus is that they're quick and remember everything as you ordered it.
- Center Cafe, St 3 (One block towards the river from the Lux Hotel). 07:30-24:00. Cheap and tasty Western and Khmer dishes. The usual beer, coffee, and smoothies. Nice atmosphere and tours/bus tickets available at prices much cheaper than the hotels (half the price for a day-bus ticket to Phnom Penh than what the Lux Hotel quotes). Staff speak decent English and the manager/owner is very friendly. USD1-5.
- Espresso Cafe (Beside Hotel Royal, inner side of yellow art-deco market). Everything is provided with a smile. Great smoothies. A good family-run Khmer restaurant.
- Fresh Eats, St 2.5 (A few doors down from Apple of Love/La Pomme d'Amour). NGO restaurant with a reasonably-priced menu with lots of fruit juices, breakfast foods and make-your-own sandwiches.
- Madison Corner, St 2.5. 06:00-late. The unique pub in town. Enjoy a drink, draft beer, cocktail, home-made rum and a large variety of ice creams and local snacks. Some of the best crepes in Cambodia. A Battambang meeting place.
- Scoop Cocktail Bar (email@example.com), KO St, Romcheak 5, Sangkat Ratanak (River, east bank), ☎ +855 53 953255. 06:00-late. Live sports on a 40 in LCD and 2 LCD 30 inches. Good cocktails, free tapas and snacks. Happy hour 17:00-19:99 and 22:00-23:30: draft beer USD0.75 cents, buy 2 get 1 free, all cocktails USD2.50). USD0.75-5.00.
- Street One and a Half, End of St 1.5 (Head south from central market on St 2, hang a left and find it at the end/corner of that little street). Good cafe menu with a few snacks but mainly just excellent coffee and drinks. Easily best espresso in town, very cool alleyway atmosphere.
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