Holidays to Battambang, Cambodia
Despite being Cambodia’s second largest city, Battambang is a world away from the buzzy tourist hubs of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Set along the Sangkae River, it’s a quaint, laid-back city where you’ll find fascinating architecture, a hip arts scene and some of the best food in the country. It’s currently being considered for UNESCO status, which will undoubtedly see its visitor numbers soar, so now’s the time to go if you want to experience authentic Cambodian life.
On the west side of the river lies the compact Old Town, a hodgepodge of different shophouses and temples. Cycle through the area’s history or amble around the grid-like streets on foot. Look out for the colourful 1800s Chinese Temple, the row of shophouses on Street 2 ½, and the Art Deco Psar Nath market. After the sun goes down, the riverfront area opposite Psar Nath becomes a bustling night market full of sizzling street food, from smoky barbecue meats to slurpable noodle dishes. It’s a great place for socialising too, so make time between mouthfuls to chew the fat with the locals. Elsewhere, you’ll find an eclectic mix of cuisines reflecting Battambang’s diverse cultural past, taking in classic French and Italian, along with contemporary Khmer fare.
Battambang is a thriving arts hub, with an ever-evolving collection of independent galleries and exhibition spaces showing works from new and emerging artists, many of whom are graduates of Phare Ponleu Selpak. The big draw of this arts school is its internationally acclaimed circus, which puts on thrilling performances several evenings a week in a proper big top. The school also offers workshops in circus skills, music and painting. For tourist essentials, you can’t beat the bamboo train – a wooden platform with a small engine that runs on a track through the rice fields for fifteen minutes or so. It’s a unique experience and a fun way to see the countryside.
About twelve kilometres out of the city you’ll find Phnom Sampeou, a mountain-top complex that’s home to a beautiful pagoda, troops of macaques, and – more grimly – the notorious Khmer Rouge Killing Caves and fields. The fields are a chilling reminder of the brutal regime enforced in the 1970s which saw thousands of people killed. In the cave, you’ll find a large glass memorial and a golden reclining Buddha. Head here in the early evening to see a spectacular murmuration of bats flooding out of one of the lower caves.
Battambang Trip ideas
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Places to stay in Battambang
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Things to do in Battambang
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Map of Battambang
When to go to Battambang
Good weather conditions throughout Cambodia with little to no rain
Good weather throughout Cambodia with temperatures gradually rising throughout the month, with lunchtime shade most welcome.
Hot weather generally across the region, with cooler temperatures in the North east. Keep day tours short and enjoy the sun fully on the beach.
Very hot generally across the region, although the beaches will feel pleasant in the heat.
Dry and hot with sporadic spells of rain. Angkor temples will see less crowds and the rainfall will bring the humidity down.
Wet throughout most of the region, especially in the North East where the rains will make travelling around difficult.
Very wet, but with some dry days. Thunder clouds will create some spectacular views during this time as well.
Rainfall will reach its peak but it will be a good time to visit Tonlé Sap Lake, when water levels will be high enough to see the floating villages by boat.
Wet and warm with lots of rain, making it a good time to visit floating villages and flooded forests. The moat and pools around Angkor temples will be full of water.
Warm with less rainy days. Tonle Sap Lake will be at its fullest and the waterfalls in the Northeast will be full of flowing water.
Start of the dry season with a few short showers early in the month. Now is the perfect time to visit Tonle Sap, with warm weather but a lake full of water.
One of the best times to visit with dry sunny weather and relatively low humidity.