Battambang (Battambang) – a popular tourist town in Cambodia, is famous for its ancient temples and ruins. Battambang is in the North of the country, 170 kilometers from Siem Reap and 291 kilometers from Phnom Penh (see map of Cambodia with the resorts). The city is the capital of the homonymous province. Battambang is one of the largest cities in Cambodia (population about 250 thousand people, the second largest after Phnom Penh).
Despite the low popularity of Battambang among Russian tourists, in fact, the city has deserved popularity among foreign tourists. Although the city has the second largest population in Cambodia, the atmosphere in the city is calm, almost rustic. The city's architecture has changed little since colonial times, while maintaining their French roots. It was his genuine, natural atmosphere of a provincial town of Cambodia attracts tourists. Fair to say that in Battambang you can see the real, not embellished for tourists, the provincial lives of ordinary Cambodians. Of course, no less interesting and the sights of the city and its environs.
Hotels in Battambang is not yet too much, and the tourist infrastructure is underdeveloped. Of course, you'll find it here and a travel Agency, and tourist transportation, and even tourist-oriented restaurant or cafe, but all in very modest quantities. The only thing in the evening – to be in a room of his own hotel and watch TV. Of course, no beach holiday is not provided. Go here for the entire period of his travel is not necessary, quite enough to stay in the city for a day or two to explore the sights and atmosphere of the city. To stay in Battambang longer it can be just boring.
The tourist seasons, the weather in Battambang
In Battambang stands the dry season and the rainy season.
The rainy season runs from April to October. This is not a recommended time to visit.
The dry season runs from November to March. This is the best time to visit.
How to get to Battambang
To get to Battambang is possible only on the ground or in the water. Airport near Battambang is not currently valid.
From Siem Reap
From Siem Reap to Battambang departs daily 2-3 bus cost 4-5 dollars in the way for 2-3 hours.
A taxi from Siem Reap will cost $ 40.
A very popular way to get to Battambang from Siem Reap is by boat on the Tonle SAP lake. Departs daily at 7:00 from Siem Reap and Battambang, the cost 18-25 dollars, the travel time of 6-8 hours.
From Phnom Penh
From Phnom Penh daily from 6:00 to 15:00 there is a few buses that cost 4-5 dollars, with a journey time of 5 hours.
From Thailand it is best to get to Battambang via the border crossing Aranyaprathet-Poipet. Details of how to get from cities of Thailand before the border crossing, see How to get to Siem reap. From the border crossing to get to Battambang by taxi for $ 40 or minivan for $ 10 per person, but will have to wait for fellow travelers.
In 2013 it is planned to run a railway line connecting Phnom Penh, Battambang and Poipet.
Transport Battambang, than to move on
Public transport in Battambang no. The most common means of transportation for tourists is tuk-tuk. The tuk-tuk within the city 1 dollar, in the evening and long-distance $ 2. To rent a tuk tuk for the day with a trip on country sites in 20 dollars after bargaining.
You can rent a motorbike (7$) or a Bicycle. To rent a car to move only in the city (without leaving for its limits) is not much sense. It is possible to do a one-time travel by tuk-tuk or to get around the city on foot.
To move on the river (that runs through the city), you can use the boat.
Battambang attractions, things to do
Classes in the city, not very much. Some time you can "kill" to walk the streets of the city, familiarity with its colonial architecture and temples. The most interesting temples in the city are Wat Kandala and Wat Tahm Rei Saw.
Even in the city you can visit the local Museum (Provincial Museum, from 8:00 to 11:00 and 14:00-17:00, admission $ 1, Museum on the map of Battambang). For doing shopping there is almost no opportunity, in addition to local markets. Among the entertainments offered to tourists, there is a cooking class (Cooking Classes) where you can learn how to cook traditional Khmer food.
The surroundings of the city are more attractive for cultural tourism. Enough to leave city just a few kilometers, as the landscapes are significantly changed, revealing the beautiful landscapes of rice fields and small villages.
Phnom Sampeou (also Pnom Sampov)
It is a mountain on top of which the temple lies. To reach the temple is not so easy, its height 100 meters and will have to overcome 700 steps. But those who climb to the top, offers a spectacular view of the surrounding rice fields. But not only the view and the temple is interesting this place. In the mountain there are several caves that were used by the Khmer Rouge to bury their victims. Their remains are still kept in the caves. Is the mountain on highway 57 (National Road 57) at 12 kilometers from the city (Phnom Sampeou on the map of Battambang).
On this mountain are the ruins of a Buddhist temple built in the Angkor period in 11th century. At the foot of the mountain there is another temple, incumbent. In the hill there is a cave. Located on highway 154 in 15 kilometers South of the city (Phnom Banan in Battambang).
Ek Phnom Temple
This is another temple of the Angkor period. He built a little earlier Wat Banan, and was originally Hindu. The temple is located near highway 5 in 11 kilometers North of Battambang (Ek Phnom in Battambang).