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[[Image:MapBattambang.png|thumb|right|210px|Map of Battambang]]
 
[[Image:MapBattambang.png|thumb|right|210px|Map of Battambang]]
 
===By plane===
 
 
Battambang does have an airport, but it has been closed since the road to [[Phnom Penh]] was paved.
 
  
 
===By road===
 
===By road===
  
Buses and share taxis run to many destinations. [[Phnom Penh]], [[Purat]] and [[Pailin]] to the south and west. [[Siem Reap]] and [[Poipet]] (for the [[Thailand|Thai]] border crossing), both via [[Sisophon]].
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National Highway 5 is paved and from Battambang runs southeast to [[Phnom Penh]] and northwest to [[Sisophon]] and [[Poipet]]. At [[Sisophon]], National Highway 6 branches off to provide paved access to [[Siem Reap]]. In a car, [[Phnom Penh]] is around 4 hr away and [[Sisophon]] can be reached in just under 1 hr. By bus, [[Phnom Penh]] take about 5-6 hr and cost about US$4. [[Siem Reap]] takes at least 3 hr and costs US$3.75.
 
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National Highway 5 running [[Phnom Penh]] - Battambang - [[Sisophon]] is paved, and the bridges are not prone to collapsing (unlike their counterparts on the unpaved roads). Travelling by car, it takes around four hours to get to [[Phnom Penh]], and just under an hour to get to [[Sisophon]]. Buses to [[Phnom Penh]] take about five-six hours and cost about US$4.
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The formerly infamous National Highway 6 running between [[Poipet]] and [[Siem Reap]] was paved in 2009. [[Sisophon]] to [[Poipet]] (1 hour) or [[Siem Reap]] (90 mins) can be done by taxi and bus.
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National Highway 57 from Battambang to [[Pailin]] was paved in 2010. Paramount Bus Company run two services a day from Battambang to [[Pailin]] (2 hours) for US$4.
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Highway 57 from Battambang to [[Pailin]] was paved in 2010. Paramount Angkor Buses run twice daily from Battambang to [[Pailin]] (2 hr) for US$4.
  
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
  
Boats go to and from [[Siem Reap]] (for [[Angkor Archaeological Park|Angkor]]) daily. An interesting and very scenic journey along small rivers, the boats thread their way through numerous charming floating villages and past dozens of towering cantilevered fishing net installations. It can take as little as four hours, or over twelve, depending on the time of year (and hence the water level), however the time can be fairly accurately predicted by checking the time that the same boat arrived yesterday.
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One boat a day travels from [[Siem Reap]] (for [[Angkor Archaeological Park|Angkor]]) to Battambang, departing Siem Reap at 7AM. An interesting and very scenic journey along small rivers, the boat threads it's way through numerous charming floating villages and past dozens of towering cantilevered fishing net installations. It can take between 4-12 hr, depending on the time of year (and hence the water level), however the time can be fairly accurately predicted by checking the time that the same boat arrived yesterday.
  
When the water level gets very low, the boats cannot get all the way to Battambang and the journey is completed by minibus or pick-up.
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During the dry season, when the water level gets very low, the boats cannot get all the way to Battambang and the journey is completed by minibus or pick-up truck.
  
 
===By rail===
 
===By rail===
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
The city center is pretty compact and can be mostly explored by foot, bicycles can be rented from most hotels or private hire companies for around US$2 all day. Motorcycles can be rented from US$5 a day. It's best to be aware of Cambodia's stringent traffic laws concerning foreigners and the dangerous driving habits of locals. Carry your driving license at all times to avoid inflated fines from the police.
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The city centre is pretty compact and can be mostly explored by foot. Bicycles can be rented from most hotels or private companies for US$1-2 per day. Motorcycles can be rented from US$5 a day. The driving habits of locals are hazardous. Police may try to fine tourists on motobikes. If pulled over, stay calm, smile, take the key out of the ignition (to prevent the police trying to ransom it), and pay a small fine of US1-2. Arguing, waving your driving licence in their faces or otherwise upsetting the police is not smooth behaviour.  
  
Like most of Cambodia, tuk-tuks and motorbike drivers hang around in popular tourist areas waiting to take you somewhere, and with most of the interesting and useful destinations being generally quite close to each other, most rides should only cost you around US$2-US$4 a trip. More distant trips like Phnom Sampouv (the 'killing caves') will cost around US$10, and can be combined with other destinations for a total of US$12-$15.
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Tuk-tuks and motorbike drivers hang around popular tourist areas. As most of the interesting and useful destinations are quite close to each other, most rides should only cost you around US$2-4. More distant trips like Phnom Sampouv (the 'killing caves') will cost around US$10, and can be combined with other destinations for a total of US$12-15.
  
Crossing the river can be done by boat, at a cost of 500Riel, in front of the market.
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Small boats act as ferries (500 riel) and cross the river in front of the market.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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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 / province comes from this legend.
 
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 / province comes from this legend.
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[[Image:PsarNat.jpg|thumb|200px|Battambang's central market]]
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Check out riverside dancing along the river around dusk. Some serious K-Pop action goes down.
  
 
The town also has a number of fine colonial buildings along the river including a very grand French era governors residence.
 
The town also has a number of fine colonial buildings along the river including a very grand French era governors residence.
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[[Image:Killing_caves.jpg|thumb|200px|Phnom Sampeu's Killing Caves]]
 
[[Image:Killing_caves.jpg|thumb|200px|Phnom Sampeu's Killing Caves]]
  
* '''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. Entry is US$2 - also covering Wat Banan - and it takes about an hour to climb the circuit to the monastery on top, with a short-cut leading back down to the shops and restaurants which line the approaching road.
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* '''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. Entry is US$2 - also covering Wat Banan - and 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 approaching road.
  
 
* '''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 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.
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[[Image:WatEkNaheBattambang.jpg|thumb|200px|Wat Ek Phnom]]
 
[[Image:WatEkNaheBattambang.jpg|thumb|200px|Wat Ek Phnom]]
  
* '''Wat Ek Phnom''', another Angkor-type temple ruin, about 15km north west of Battambang. 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.
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* '''Wat Ek Phnom''', another Angkor-type temple ruin, about 15 km north west of Battambang. 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 translated as 'Wat in the forest' is an extremely old pagoda on the eastern 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.
 
*'''Wat Samraong Knong''', roughly translated as 'Wat in the forest' is an extremely old pagoda on the eastern 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.
  
Now There are several opportunities to explore villages just south of town. The Cultural village of Watkor, just a few kilometers south of the town centre has several "ancient wooden houses" from the early 20th century. Further south are the agricultural villages of Kompong Seyma, and Ksach Puoy. For info call District Administration Battambang: ☎ +855 1288 1516, +855 1666 6111.
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There are several opportunities to explore villages just south of town. The Cultural village of Watkor, just a few kilometres south of the town centre has several "ancient wooden houses" from the early 20th century. Further south are the agricultural villages of Kompong Seyma, and Ksach Puoy. For info call District Administration Battambang: ☎ +855 1288 1516, +855 1666 6111.
  
 
*<do name="Battambang Circus" alt="" address="Phare Ponleu Selpak" directions="10 min journey in tuk-tuk from the centre of Battambang-most drivers know the the circus" phone="+855 53 952 424" url="http://www.phareps.org" hours="Performances every Mon and Thurs from 6PM" price="US$8" lat="" long="">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. </do>
 
*<do name="Battambang Circus" alt="" address="Phare Ponleu Selpak" directions="10 min journey in tuk-tuk from the centre of Battambang-most drivers know the the circus" phone="+855 53 952 424" url="http://www.phareps.org" hours="Performances every Mon and Thurs from 6PM" price="US$8" lat="" long="">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. </do>
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[[Image:BambooTrainDerFussi.jpg|thumb|right|240px|The bamboo train near Battambang]]
 
[[Image:BambooTrainDerFussi.jpg|thumb|right|240px|The bamboo train near Battambang]]
  
====See the countryside====
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* '''Rent a bicycle''' and cycle along the river. Upstream (south) or downstream (north). Both directions are flat and mostly paved, and it is possible to cycle along the river bank for a considerable distance, of up to 20 km each way.
  
* Wander around the market and sample local dishes.
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* '''The Bamboo Train''': ''(The term "train" being used loosely - A large bamboo platform mounted on train axles powered by a small go-kart engine)''. A trip to the train can be booked in most hotels or arranged with a motorbike/tuk-tuk driver. Currently it is regulated by Battambang's Tourist Police, with a standard rate of US$5 per person, minimum 2 people or US$10 for one person, with discounts for larger groups. It is worthwhile to ask the driver to stop at scenic places.
  
* Check out riverside dancing along the river around dusk. Some serious K-Pop action goes down.
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*<do name="Green Orange Kayak" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+855 77 204 121" url="" hours="" price="US$12" lat="" long="">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.</do>
 
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* Book a trip around the countryside with a motorbike or tuk-tuk driver and visit some of the surrounding temples and enjoy the views.
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:*<do name="Soksabike bike ride" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+855 12542019" url="http://www.soksabike.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The bike tour visits the countryside but is more about seeing traditional livelihoods. Run as a social enterprise which supports the people visited. Really good if you want to meet and talk with the people rather than just take snaps of temples.</do>
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* '''The Bamboo Train''': ''(The term "train" being used loosely - A large bamboo platform mounted on train axles powered by a small go-kart engine)''. A trip to the train can be booked in most hotels or arranged with a motorbike/tuk-tuk driver. Currently it is regulated by Battambang's Tourist Police, with a standard rate of US$5 per person, minimum 2 people or US$10 for one person, with discounts for larger groups. It is worthwhile to ask the driver to stop at scenic places.
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[[Image:Battambang_cooking.jpg|thumb|right|240px|Buying ingredients]]
 
[[Image:Battambang_cooking.jpg|thumb|right|240px|Buying ingredients]]
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Many restaurants around Battambang offer cooking classes at varying prices.
 
Many restaurants around Battambang offer cooking classes at varying prices.
  
* '''The Smoking Pot''', Daily courses priced at US$8.
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* '''Ch'Ngainh Ch'Ngainh''', a homely and familial approach to cookery carried out in a family home. ([mailto:sambath_9@yahoo.com  sambath_9@yahoo.com]) ☎ +855 12 63 93 50. Daily courses priced at US$10.
  
* '''Ch'Ngainh Ch'Ngainh''',  A homely and familial approach to cookery, this class is carried in a family home. ([mailto:sambath_9@yahoo.com  sambath_9@yahoo.com]) ☎ +855 12 63 93 50. Daily courses priced at US$10.
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* '''Nary Kitchen''',  Svay Por Battambang, (''opposite the Holiday Guesthouse''). ☎ +855 1276 3950, inside of a homestyle restaurant with Nary and her translator husband Toot. Daily courses in the morning or evening with two mains and spring rolls priced at $10.
  
* '''Nary Kitchen''', Svay Por Battambang, ('' opposite the Holiday Guesthouse''). ☎+855 1276 3950.
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* '''The Smoking Pot''', daily courses with a minimum of two or more people, which can be a problem in low season. Priced at US$10.
 
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====Kayak down the river====
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*<do name="Green Orange Kayak" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+855 77 204 121" url="" hours="" price="US$12" lat="" long="">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, 11km.</do>
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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There are plenty of places to eat but after 7PM some places close and lots of streets become dark, so eating early (around 6PM) is recommended.
 
There are plenty of places to eat but after 7PM some places close and lots of streets become dark, so eating early (around 6PM) is recommended.
 
   
 
   
You can get some great French-style bread (by French standards) for 1000 KHR a medium-size baguette up North, between the French cultural centre and the giant statue marking the entry in Battambang from the main interprovincial 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]] a baguette-shape, but sprinkled with sugar, however 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.
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You can get some great French-style bread (by French standards) for 1,000 rial a medium-size baguette up north, between the French cultural centre and the giant statue marking the entry in Battambang from the main interprovincial 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]] a baguette-shape, but sprinkled with sugar, however 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.
  
 
* <eat name="Au Cabaret Vert Restaurant" alt="Au Cabaret Vert-Hôtel à Battambang" address=" Toul Ta Ek, Otakom 2" directions="5 min from the market by tuk-tuk" phone="+885 53 656 2000,+885 77 991 384 " email="info@aucabaretvert.com" fax="" url="http://www.aucabaretvert.com" hours="" price="US$9-16 for a main course, entrees US$8-12" lat="" long="">Traditional Cambodian dishes, their speciality is ''fish amok'', complemented by a French-style menu that includes desserts and wine.</eat>   
 
* <eat name="Au Cabaret Vert Restaurant" alt="Au Cabaret Vert-Hôtel à Battambang" address=" Toul Ta Ek, Otakom 2" directions="5 min from the market by tuk-tuk" phone="+885 53 656 2000,+885 77 991 384 " email="info@aucabaretvert.com" fax="" url="http://www.aucabaretvert.com" hours="" price="US$9-16 for a main course, entrees US$8-12" lat="" long="">Traditional Cambodian dishes, their speciality is ''fish amok'', complemented by a French-style menu that includes desserts and wine.</eat>   
 
   
 
   
* <eat name="Bamboo Train Café & Bar'" alt="previously known as "Snow White/Apsara Garden Bar & Restaurant" address="" directions="Cross the new bridge, 200m further and it's on the right hand side just after the pizza house" phone="" email="gikimduong@yahoo.com" fax="" url="" hours="6:30AM-10PM" price="" lat="N 13° 05.549'" long="E 103° 12.178'">Relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff</eat>
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* <eat name="Bamboo Train Café &amp; Bar'" alt="previously known as "Snow White/Apsara Garden Bar &amp; Restaurant" address="" directions="Cross the new bridge, 200 m further and it's on the right hand side just after the pizza house" phone="" email="gikimduong@yahoo.com" fax="" url="" hours="6:30AM-10PM" price="" lat="N 13° 05.549'" long="E 103° 12.178'">Relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff</eat>
  
* <eat name="Cafe Eden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="www.cafeedencambodia@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.cafeedencambodia.com" hours="" price="" lat="13.099622" long="103.199188">A Western style riverfront cafe restaurant run by an American woman. Serves Western and Asian food, and coffee. Kitchen works to Western food handling and preparation standards.</eat>
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* <eat name="Cafe Eden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="www.cafeedencambodia@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.cafeedencambodia.com" hours="" price="" lat="13.099622" long="103.199188">Western style riverfront cafe restaurant run by an American woman. Serves Western and Asian food, and coffee. Kitchen works to Western food handling and preparation standards.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Gecko Cafe" alt="" address="Street # 3" directions="One block South of Psa Nath Market" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Nice atmosphere, limited but very tasty menu, free wifi.</eat>
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* <eat name="Gecko Cafe" alt="" address="Street #3" directions="One block South of Psa Nath Market" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Nice atmosphere, limited but very tasty menu, free WiFi.</eat>
  
 
*<eat name="Natural" alt="Part of the project of an NGO called Coconut Water Foundation" address="N091-G34 Road 3. 20 Ousaphear Village, Svaypoar Commune" directions="street no 3, 100 m south of the central market" phone="+855 89 409 958" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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 style loom.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Natural" alt="Part of the project of an NGO called Coconut Water Foundation" address="N091-G34 Road 3. 20 Ousaphear Village, Svaypoar Commune" directions="street no 3, 100 m south of the central market" phone="+855 89 409 958" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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 style loom.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Smokin' Pot" alt="" address="Ph.3" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Mains 8,000-20,000 KHR" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Cooking school-come-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.</eat>
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* <eat name="Smokin' Pot" alt="" address="Ph.3" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Mains 8,000-20,000 rial" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Cooking school-come-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.</eat>
  
 
* <eat name="White Rose" alt="" address="" directions="Almost opposite the Smoking Pot" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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.</eat>
 
* <eat name="White Rose" alt="" address="" directions="Almost opposite the Smoking Pot" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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.</eat>
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*<drink name="Center Cafe" alt="" address="Street Number 3" directions="one block towards the river from the Lux Hotel" phone="" url="" hours="7:30AM - midnight" price="US$1-5" lat="" long="">Cheap and tasty western and Khmer dishes, 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.</drink>
 
*<drink name="Center Cafe" alt="" address="Street Number 3" directions="one block towards the river from the Lux Hotel" phone="" url="" hours="7:30AM - midnight" price="US$1-5" lat="" long="">Cheap and tasty western and Khmer dishes, 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.</drink>
*<drink name="Madison Corner" alt="" address="Street 2.5" directions="" phone="" url="http://madison-corner.com/ - www.visitbattamabng.com" hours="6AM-late" price="" lat="" long="">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. Great place for breakfast an espresso before catching the boat to Siem Reap.</drink>
 
*<drink name="Fresh Eats" alt="" address="Street 2.5" directions="A few doors down from Apple of Love/La Pomme d'Amour" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">NGO restaurant with a reasonably-priced menu with lots of fruit juices, breakfast foods and make-your-own sandwiches.  </drink>
 
  
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*<drink name="Madison Corner" alt="" address="Street 2.5" directions="" phone="" url="http://madison-corner.com/ - www.visitbattamabng.com" hours="6AM-late" price="" lat="" long="">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.</drink>
  
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*<drink name="Fresh Eats" alt="" address="Street 2.5" directions="A few doors down from Apple of Love/La Pomme d'Amour" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">NGO restaurant with a reasonably-priced menu with lots of fruit juices, breakfast foods and make-your-own sandwiches.</drink>
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*<drink name="Scoop Cocktails Bar" alt="scooprottanakresort@gmail.com" address="K.o street, romcheak 5, Sangkat Ratanak, Battambang" directions="" phone="855-53953255" url="http://phkavilla.com" hours="18hours from 6.am" price="$75c-$5" lat="" long="">Scoop Cocktails Bar(River east Bank)lives sports/ 1 LCD 40inchs and 2 LCD 30inchs, best cocktails in town, free tapas and snacks, happy hours 5pm-7pm and 10pm-11.30pm ( draft beer 75c buy 2 get 1 free, all cocktails $2.50). mid day- late afternoon come for beers or cocktails swim for free.</drink>
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*<drink name="Here Be Dragons" alt="" address="On the east bank of the river, between Sar Kheng Bridge and Hun Sen Bridge" directions="" phone="089264895" url="www.facebook.com/herebedragonsbattambang" hours="7am till late" price="" lat="" long="">Western-managed backpacker bar, restaurant and guesthouse. Has cheap beer, cocktails and good music, and a garden with hammocks. Dorm beds $2, rooms $5-$10.</drink>
  
  
*<sleep name="Bambu Battambang Hotel" alt="Battambang Hotel" address="Phum Romchek 5 Sangkat Rottanak KO Street Battambang, Kingdom of Cambodia" directions="Phnom Penh takes 4 hours,  Siem Reap takes 2 hours and a half. Poi Pet on the Thai border takes 1 hour and a half." phone="+855 (0) 53 953 900" url="http://www.bambuhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Bambu Battambang Hotel was opened in September 2010 as a boutique hotel concept and offers its guests the ultimate accommodation experience with its 16 luxurious bedrooms arranged in 4 traditionally inspired buildings in Battambang, Cambodia. </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ancient House" alt="Homestay in Watkor village" address="" directions="100m south of Watkor temple and a few km south of town" phone="+855 12 363174" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Talk with Madame Boun Roeung (who speaks some French but no English) about the possibility of staying in her "Ancient House."  Accommodation is simple, with foam mattresses on the floor. Other owners of ancient houses may also be open to this.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ancient House" alt="Homestay in Watkor village" address="" directions="100 m south of Watkor temple and a few km south of town" phone="+855 12 363174" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Talk with Madame Boun Roeung (who speaks some French but no English) about the possibility of staying in her "Ancient House."  Accommodation is simple, with foam mattresses on the floor. Other owners of ancient houses may also be open to this.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Bungalow Restaurant and Guesthouse" alt="" address="Battambang" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Amongst flowering gardens and tropical fruit trees. Good for really relaxing atmosphere and very good western and Thai food.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Seng Hout Hotel" address="No. #1008B, Road 02" phone="+855 53 952 900, cell +855 12 530 327" directions="North of Psar Nat Market 50m, Prekmohatep, next door to the White Rose Restaurant and around the corner from the Smoking Pot" email="chhounseng@yahoo.com" fax="" url="http://senghouthotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="March 2011-Standard room promo rate US$16, double occupancy. Standard single (VIP) US$18 nett/room (max 2 guests).Standard double US$15 nett/room (maximum 2-3 guests). Standard twin US$15 nett/room (max 2 guests)" lat="" long="">Good hotel with elevator and large reception area. Rooms have A/C or optional cheaper fan,free WiFi, cableTV and ensuite. Rooftop cafe with 360⁰ views. Newly built in 2008 with cableTV, A/C, refrigerator and hot and cold water. Rates inc taxes and pick up any station in Battambang city</sleep>  
  
* <sleep name="Holiday Hotel" alt="" address="#695, St.4" directions="" phone="+855 81 999 006" url="http://www.holidayhotel-bb.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$15-20" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good hotel with elevator and large reception area. Rooms have A/C, wifi, cableTV and ensuite.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Chhaya Hotel and Serviced Apartments" alt="" address="118, St 3, Svaypor" directions="" phone="+855 53 952170, +855 12 882500" url="http://www.chhayahotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Hotel: US$4-12, apartments: US$20/night or US$270/mth" lat="" long="" email="chhaya.best@yahoo.com" fax="">Opened in June 2010, single, double and triple rooms, both A/C and non A/C, cableTV available. The cheaper hotel rooms have a shared bathroom, the more expensive ones have private facilities and a refrigerator. Serviced apartments newly opened in June 2010 and have large rooms with kitchenette and balconies, large ensuite, WiFi, cableTV. 24 hr security, free airport/bus station/boat harbour transfers.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Seng Hout Hotel" address="No. #1008B, Road 02" phone="+855 53 952 900, cell +855 12 530 327" directions="North of Psar Nat Market 50m, Prekmohatep, next door to the White Rose Restaurant and around the corner from the Smoking Pot" email="chhounseng@yahoo.com" fax="" url="http://senghouthotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="March 2011-Standard room promo rate US$16, double occupancy. Standard single (VIP) US$ 18 nett/room (max 2 guests).Standard double US$15 nett/room (maximum 2-3 guests). Standard twin US$15 nett/room (max 2 guests)" lat="" long="">Good hotel with elevator and large reception area. Rooms have A/C or optional cheaper fan, wifi, cable TV and ensuite. Rooftop cafe with 360⁰ views. Newly built in 2008 with cableTV, A/C, refrigerator and hot and cold water, free wifi. Rates inc taxes and pick up any station in Battambang city</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Lux Guest House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+855 92 335767" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$8-23 (down to $6 in low season)" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Built in 2009, rooms include hot water, aircon, fan, cableTV, free WiFi, fridge and minibar. Rooms are big clean and nicely decorated, as goes for the entire hotel. Staff are friendly, helpful and a little bit shy. Location is close to nice eating places and at a road which is lit at night.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Chhaya Hotel and Serviced Apartments" alt="" address="118, Street 3, Svaypor" directions="" phone="+855 53 952170, +855 12 882500" url="http://www.chhayahotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Hotel: US$3-12, apartments: US$20/night or US$270/mth" lat="" long="" email="chhaya.best@yahoo.com" fax="">Opened in June 2010, single, double and triple rooms, both A/C and non A/C, cable TV available. The cheaper hotel rooms have a shared bathroom, the more expensive ones have private facilities and a refrigerator. Serviced apartments newly opened in June 2010 and have large rooms with kitchenette and balconies, large ensuite, wifi, cableTV. 24 hr security, free airport/bus station/boat harbour transfers.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Tomato Backpacker Hostel, Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="20 Ushaphea Village" directions="behind LUX Guest House" phone="+855 12 85 34 39" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$2-10" lat="" long="">Very friendly place with ensuite rooms for just US$3 and dorms for US$2. Has only 4 rooms in total on first floor that also has nice restaurant balcony. Great value for anyone on a tight budget.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Tomato Backpacker Hostel, Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="20 Ushaphea Village" directions="behind LUX Guest House" phone="+855 12 85 34 39" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$3-$10" lat="" long="">Very friendly place with ensuite rooms for just $3 and dorms for $2. Has only 4 rooms in total on first floor that also has nice restaurant balcony. Great value for anyone on a tight budget.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Royal" alt="" address="" directions="On a side street west of the central market" phone="+855 16 944955" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$3-25" lat="" long="">Rooftop restaurant. Spacious rooms with bathroom, hot water and A/C. Clean singles and doubles available with shared bathroom and toilets.</sleep>
 
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* <sleep name="Hotel Royal" alt="" address="" directions="On a side street west of the central market" phone="+855 16 944955" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$3-US$25" lat="" long="">Rooftop restaurant. Spacious rooms with bathroom, hot water and A/C. Clean singles and doubles available with shared bathroom and toilets.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Golden River Hotel" alt="" address=" Street 3 " directions="A few blocks down from Hotel Chhaya and just before the sign posted turn for the train station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$5" lat="" long="">Good clean hotel with the standard facilities you will find elsewhere in Battambang. Staff are helpful and friendly.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Golden River Hotel" alt="" address=" Street 3 " directions="A few blocks down from Hotel Chhaya and just before the sign posted turn for the train station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$5" lat="" long="">Good clean hotel with the standard facilities you will find elsewhere in Battambang. Staff are helpful and friendly.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Lux Guest House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+855 92 335767" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$8-23" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Built in 2009, rooms include hot water, aircon, fan, cable TV, free wifi, fridge and minibar. Rooms are big clean and nicely decorated, as goes for the entire hotel. Staff are friendly, helpful and a little bit shy. Location is close to nice eating places and at a road which is lit at night.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Bungalow Restaurant and Guesthouse" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Amongst flowering gardens and tropical fruit trees. Good for really relaxing atmosphere and very good western and Thai food.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Holiday Hotel" alt="" address="#695, St.4" directions="" phone="+855 81 999 006" url="http://www.holidayhotel-bb.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$15-20" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good hotel with elevator and large reception area. Rooms have A/C, wifi, cableTV and ensuite.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Lux Guest House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+855 92 335767" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$8-23" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Built in 2009, rooms include hot water, aircon, fan, cableTV, free WiFi, fridge and minibar. Rooms are big clean and nicely decorated, as goes for the entire hotel. Staff are friendly, helpful and a little bit shy. Location is close to nice eating places and at a road which is lit at night.</sleep>
  
 
* <sleep name="Teo Hotel" alt="" address="St.3" directions="" phone="+855 53 952288, (mobile) +855 12 8570487" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$10" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Immaculately clean and well-maintained rooms with double bed, A/C and fan, hot water, TV, and mini-fridge. Visa and MasterCard accepted. If you are in a room far from the router then wifi reception may be very poor or unavailable. Indoor restaurant is closed. Unhelpful staff.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Teo Hotel" alt="" address="St.3" directions="" phone="+855 53 952288, (mobile) +855 12 8570487" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$10" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Immaculately clean and well-maintained rooms with double bed, A/C and fan, hot water, TV, and mini-fridge. Visa and MasterCard accepted. If you are in a room far from the router then wifi reception may be very poor or unavailable. Indoor restaurant is closed. Unhelpful staff.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Khemara Battambang Hotel" alt="" address="No 224, Old National Rd No 5, Roumcheck 4 Village, Sangkat Rathanak." directions="" phone="+855 53 732727" url="http://www.khemarahotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$15 or $25 VIP" lat="13.11599" long="103.20299" email="" fax="">Very comfortable beds, clean rooms with internet access (LAN cable, but in some rooms a connection from a nearby wifi network is available), TV, A/C, fan and a fridge. Car parking possible. Also has great outdoor swimming pool. In room massage available from US$5/hr. Bicycle hire US$4/day.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Khemara Battambang Hotel" alt="" address="No 224, Old National Rd No 5, Roumcheck 4 Village, Sangkat Rathanak." directions="" phone="+855 53 732727" url="http://www.khemarahotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$15 or $25 VIP" lat="13.11599" long="103.20299" email="" fax="">Very comfortable beds, clean rooms with internet access (LAN cable, but in some rooms a connection from a nearby WiFi network is available), TV, A/C, fan and a fridge. Car parking possible. Also has great outdoor swimming pool. In room massage available from US$5/hr. Bicycle hire US$4/day.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="President Hotel", 1 km from mid-town - every tuk tuk knows it. Incompetently run with plumbing leaks and reception can rarely help with anything. Quite new and quite cheap at average US$15/night for a nice room with mod cons.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="President Hotel" 1 k from mid-town - every tuk tuk knows it. Incompetently run (plumbing leaks, reception can rarely help with anything), but quite new and quite cheap at average $15 a night for a nice room with mod cons. </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Banan Hotel" alt="" address="National Rd No 5" directions="" phone="+855 77 707789. +855 61 577777" url="http://www.bananhotel.doodlekit.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$15/$25" lat="" long="" email="phaysodavy@yahoo.com" fax="">Close to bus station and city centre. Helpful staff. Free WiFi, free bicycles.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Banan Hotel" alt="" address="National Road No 5" directions="" phone="+855 77 707789. +855 61 577777" url="http://www.bananhotel.doodlekit.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$15/$25" lat="" long="" email="phaysodavy@yahoo.com" fax="">Close to bus station and city centre. Helpful staff. Free WiFi, free bicycles.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Phka Villa Hotel/Resort" alt="" address="K O St, Romchea 5, Sankat Ratanak" directions="" phone="+855 53953255" email="phkavilla@gmail.com" fax="" url="" checkin="12 noon" checkout="12 noon" price="US$55">10 ensuite equipped bungalow rooms, 13 m x 18 m swimming pool, free internet and in-room WiFi, free bicycles, free shuttle to town, airport shuttle (surcharge), car or taxi arranged. All rooms have hot water, A/C, fan, network cable LCD TV, DVD player, safety box, stocked mini bar, hair dryer, bathrobe, toiletries. 2 private terraces, one is sun terrace facing the swimming pool. Restaurant and bar open from 6AM-midnight. Hotel opened in 2009, renovated in 2012</sleep>
  
 
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Battambang [1] 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 city of the Battambang province.

Contents

Understand

Get in

Map of Battambang

By road

National Highway 5 is paved and from Battambang runs southeast to Phnom Penh and northwest to Sisophon and Poipet. At Sisophon, National Highway 6 branches off to provide paved access to Siem Reap. In a car, Phnom Penh is around 4 hr away and Sisophon can be reached in just under 1 hr. By bus, Phnom Penh take about 5-6 hr and cost about US$4. Siem Reap takes at least 3 hr and costs US$3.75.

Highway 57 from Battambang to Pailin was paved in 2010. Paramount Angkor Buses run twice daily from Battambang to Pailin (2 hr) for US$4.

By boat

One boat a day travels from Siem Reap (for Angkor) to Battambang, departing Siem Reap at 7AM. An interesting and very scenic journey along small rivers, the boat threads it's way through numerous charming floating villages and past dozens of towering cantilevered fishing net installations. It can take between 4-12 hr, depending on the time of year (and hence the water level), however the time can be fairly accurately predicted by checking the time that the same boat arrived yesterday.

During the dry season, when the water level gets very low, the boats cannot get all the way to Battambang and the journey is completed by minibus or pick-up truck.

By rail

Cambodia's defunct rail system is due to be regenerated by 2013. The line runs from Poipet on the Thai border through Sisophon and along the southern side of the Tonle Sap Lake to Battambang and Phnom Penh.

Get around

The city centre is pretty compact and can be mostly explored by foot. Bicycles can be rented from most hotels or private companies for US$1-2 per day. Motorcycles can be rented from US$5 a day. The driving habits of locals are hazardous. Police may try to fine tourists on motobikes. If pulled over, stay calm, smile, take the key out of the ignition (to prevent the police trying to ransom it), and pay a small fine of US1-2. Arguing, waving your driving licence in their faces or otherwise upsetting the police is not smooth behaviour.

Tuk-tuks and motorbike drivers hang around popular tourist areas. As most of the interesting and useful destinations are quite close to each other, most rides should only cost you around US$2-4. More distant trips like Phnom Sampouv (the 'killing caves') will cost around US$10, and can be combined with other destinations for a total of US$12-15.

Small boats act as ferries (500 riel) and cross the river in front of the market.

See

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 / province comes from this legend.

Battambang's central market

Check out riverside dancing along the river around dusk. Some serious K-Pop action goes down.

The town also has a number of fine colonial buildings along the river including a very grand French era governors residence.

Around Battambang:

Phnom Sampeu's Killing Caves
  • 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. Entry is US$2 - also covering Wat Banan - and 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 approaching road.
  • 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
  • Wat Ek Phnom, another Angkor-type temple ruin, about 15 km north west of Battambang. 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 translated as 'Wat in the forest' is an extremely old pagoda on the eastern 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.

There are several opportunities to explore villages just south of town. The Cultural village of Watkor, just a few kilometres south of the town centre has several "ancient wooden houses" from the early 20th century. Further south are the agricultural villages of Kompong Seyma, and Ksach Puoy. For info call District Administration Battambang: ☎ +855 1288 1516, +855 1666 6111.

  • Battambang Circus, Phare Ponleu Selpak (10 min journey in tuk-tuk from the centre of Battambang-most drivers know the the circus), +855 53 952 424, [2]. Performances every Mon and Thurs from 6PM. 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. US$8.

Do

The bamboo train near Battambang
  • Rent a bicycle and cycle along the river. Upstream (south) or downstream (north). Both directions are flat and mostly paved, and it is possible to cycle along the river bank for a considerable distance, of up to 20 km each way.
  • The Bamboo Train: (The term "train" being used loosely - A large bamboo platform mounted on train axles powered by a small go-kart engine). A trip to the train can be booked in most hotels or arranged with a motorbike/tuk-tuk driver. Currently it is regulated by Battambang's Tourist Police, with a standard rate of US$5 per person, minimum 2 people or US$10 for one person, with discounts for larger groups. It is worthwhile to ask the driver to stop at scenic places.
  • 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. US$12.
Buying ingredients

Take a Cooking class

Many restaurants around Battambang offer cooking classes at varying prices.

  • Ch'Ngainh Ch'Ngainh, a homely and familial approach to cookery carried out in a family home. (sambath_9@yahoo.com) ☎ +855 12 63 93 50. Daily courses priced at US$10.
  • Nary Kitchen, Svay Por Battambang, (opposite the Holiday Guesthouse). ☎ +855 1276 3950, inside of a homestyle restaurant with Nary and her translator husband Toot. Daily courses in the morning or evening with two mains and spring rolls priced at $10.
  • The Smoking Pot, daily courses with a minimum of two or more people, which can be a problem in low season. Priced at US$10.

Eat

There are plenty of places to eat but after 7PM some places close and lots of streets become dark, so eating early (around 6PM) is recommended.

You can get some great French-style bread (by French standards) for 1,000 rial a medium-size baguette up north, between the French cultural centre and the giant statue marking the entry in Battambang from the main interprovincial 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 a baguette-shape, but sprinkled with sugar, however 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.

  • Au Cabaret Vert Restaurant (Au Cabaret Vert-Hôtel à Battambang), Toul Ta Ek, Otakom 2 (5 min from the market by tuk-tuk), +885 53 656 2000,+885 77 991 384 (), [3]. Traditional Cambodian dishes, their speciality is fish amok, complemented by a French-style menu that includes desserts and wine. US$9-16 for a main course, entrees US$8-12.
  • Bamboo Train Café & Bar', (Cross the new bridge, 200 m further and it's on the right hand side just after the pizza house), (). 6:30AM-10PM. Relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff (N 13° 05.549',E 103° 12.178')
  • Cafe Eden, (), [4]. Western style riverfront cafe restaurant run by an American woman. Serves Western and Asian food, and coffee. Kitchen works to Western food handling and preparation standards. (13.099622,103.199188)
  • Gecko Cafe, Street #3 (One block South of Psa Nath Market). Nice atmosphere, limited but very tasty menu, free WiFi.
  • Natural (Part of the project of an NGO called Coconut Water Foundation), N091-G34 Road 3. 20 Ousaphear Village, Svaypoar Commune (street no 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 style loom.
  • Smokin' Pot, Ph.3. Cooking school-come-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 rial.
  • 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.
  • Apple of Love (La Pomme d'Amour), street 2.5, #63, +885 12 415 513, +885 12 963 189, [5]. 7AM-10PM. Khmer cuisine with a French twist, sophisticated and creative with pleasant staff. Wine list available.

Drink

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Center Cafe, Street Number 3 (one block towards the river from the Lux Hotel). 7:30AM - midnight. Cheap and tasty western and Khmer dishes, 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. US$1-5.
  • Madison Corner, Street 2.5, [6]. 6AM-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.
  • Fresh Eats, Street 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.
  • Scoop Cocktails Bar (scooprottanakresort@gmail.com), K.o street, romcheak 5, Sangkat Ratanak, Battambang, 855-53953255, [7]. 18hours from 6.am. Scoop Cocktails Bar(River east Bank)lives sports/ 1 LCD 40inchs and 2 LCD 30inchs, best cocktails in town, free tapas and snacks, happy hours 5pm-7pm and 10pm-11.30pm ( draft beer 75c buy 2 get 1 free, all cocktails $2.50). mid day- late afternoon come for beers or cocktails swim for free. $75c-$5.
  • Here Be Dragons, On the east bank of the river, between Sar Kheng Bridge and Hun Sen Bridge, 089264895, [8]. 7am till late. Western-managed backpacker bar, restaurant and guesthouse. Has cheap beer, cocktails and good music, and a garden with hammocks. Dorm beds $2, rooms $5-$10.


Sleep

Budget

  • Ancient House (Homestay in Watkor village), (100 m south of Watkor temple and a few km south of town), +855 12 363174. Talk with Madame Boun Roeung (who speaks some French but no English) about the possibility of staying in her "Ancient House." Accommodation is simple, with foam mattresses on the floor. Other owners of ancient houses may also be open to this.
  • Seng Hout Hotel, No. #1008B, Road 02 (North of Psar Nat Market 50m, Prekmohatep, next door to the White Rose Restaurant and around the corner from the Smoking Pot), +855 53 952 900, cell +855 12 530 327 (), [9]. Good hotel with elevator and large reception area. Rooms have A/C or optional cheaper fan,free WiFi, cableTV and ensuite. Rooftop cafe with 360⁰ views. Newly built in 2008 with cableTV, A/C, refrigerator and hot and cold water. Rates inc taxes and pick up any station in Battambang city March 2011-Standard room promo rate US$16, double occupancy. Standard single (VIP) US$18 nett/room (max 2 guests).Standard double US$15 nett/room (maximum 2-3 guests). Standard twin US$15 nett/room (max 2 guests).
  • Chhaya Hotel and Serviced Apartments, 118, St 3, Svaypor, +855 53 952170, +855 12 882500 (), [10]. Opened in June 2010, single, double and triple rooms, both A/C and non A/C, cableTV available. The cheaper hotel rooms have a shared bathroom, the more expensive ones have private facilities and a refrigerator. Serviced apartments newly opened in June 2010 and have large rooms with kitchenette and balconies, large ensuite, WiFi, cableTV. 24 hr security, free airport/bus station/boat harbour transfers. Hotel: US$4-12, apartments: US$20/night or US$270/mth.
  • Lux Guest House, +855 92 335767. Built in 2009, rooms include hot water, aircon, fan, cableTV, free WiFi, fridge and minibar. Rooms are big clean and nicely decorated, as goes for the entire hotel. Staff are friendly, helpful and a little bit shy. Location is close to nice eating places and at a road which is lit at night. US$8-23 (down to $6 in low season).
  • Tomato Backpacker Hostel, Restaurant and Bar, 20 Ushaphea Village (behind LUX Guest House), +855 12 85 34 39. Very friendly place with ensuite rooms for just US$3 and dorms for US$2. Has only 4 rooms in total on first floor that also has nice restaurant balcony. Great value for anyone on a tight budget. US$2-10.
  • Hotel Royal, (On a side street west of the central market), +855 16 944955. Rooftop restaurant. Spacious rooms with bathroom, hot water and A/C. Clean singles and doubles available with shared bathroom and toilets. US$3-25.
  • Golden River Hotel, Street 3 (A few blocks down from Hotel Chhaya and just before the sign posted turn for the train station). Good clean hotel with the standard facilities you will find elsewhere in Battambang. Staff are helpful and friendly. From US$5.

Mid-range

  • Bungalow Restaurant and Guesthouse. CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Amongst flowering gardens and tropical fruit trees. Good for really relaxing atmosphere and very good western and Thai food.
  • Holiday Hotel, #695, St.4, +855 81 999 006, [11]. Good hotel with elevator and large reception area. Rooms have A/C, wifi, cableTV and ensuite. US$15-20.
  • Lux Guest House, +855 92 335767. Built in 2009, rooms include hot water, aircon, fan, cableTV, free WiFi, fridge and minibar. Rooms are big clean and nicely decorated, as goes for the entire hotel. Staff are friendly, helpful and a little bit shy. Location is close to nice eating places and at a road which is lit at night. US$8-23.
  • Teo Hotel, St.3, +855 53 952288, (mobile) +855 12 8570487. Immaculately clean and well-maintained rooms with double bed, A/C and fan, hot water, TV, and mini-fridge. Visa and MasterCard accepted. If you are in a room far from the router then wifi reception may be very poor or unavailable. Indoor restaurant is closed. Unhelpful staff. From US$10.
  • Khemara Battambang Hotel, No 224, Old National Rd No 5, Roumcheck 4 Village, Sangkat Rathanak., +855 53 732727, [12]. Very comfortable beds, clean rooms with internet access (LAN cable, but in some rooms a connection from a nearby WiFi network is available), TV, A/C, fan and a fridge. Car parking possible. Also has great outdoor swimming pool. In room massage available from US$5/hr. Bicycle hire US$4/day. US$15 or $25 VIP. (13.11599,103.20299)
  • * Banan Hotel, National Rd No 5, +855 77 707789. +855 61 577777 (), [13]. Close to bus station and city centre. Helpful staff. Free WiFi, free bicycles. US$15/$25. US$15/$25.
  • Phka Villa Hotel/Resort, K O St, Romchea 5, Sankat Ratanak, +855 53953255 (). checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. 10 ensuite equipped bungalow rooms, 13 m x 18 m swimming pool, free internet and in-room WiFi, free bicycles, free shuttle to town, airport shuttle (surcharge), car or taxi arranged. All rooms have hot water, A/C, fan, network cable LCD TV, DVD player, safety box, stocked mini bar, hair dryer, bathrobe, toiletries. 2 private terraces, one is sun terrace facing the swimming pool. Restaurant and bar open from 6AM-midnight. Hotel opened in 2009, renovated in 2012 US$55.

Splurge

  • Au Cabaret Vert, Toul Ta Ek, Otakom 2, +855 53 656 2000, +855 77 991384 (), [14]. New hotel with bungalows around a natural swimming pool. Library, parking, free internet, tours, car and motorbike, electric bike and tuk-tuk hire arranged, international telephone, laundry and historic film screenings. US$50-66 for 2 PAX, with breakfast.
  • La Villa, N 185 Pom Romchek 5 Kom, Rattanak Srok, +855 5373 0151 , mob +855 1741 1880 (, fax: +855 5373 0151), [15]. Guest house with a swimming pool in a renovated 1930s French colonial period villa, art-deco furniture and fittings. 7 rooms available (6 in the main house and 1 in the house nearby the swimming pool). Each room has a private toilet with bath or shower, hot and cold water, A/C, fan, TV and cable network, 4 poster bed with mosquito net, light summer duvet, wardrobe, work desk, safety box, coffee and tea facilities, DVD player with DVD for rent. Located just across the river from the central market. Book ahead as it is often full. from US$55-100.
  • Bambu Hotel, Phum Romchek 5, Sangkat Rottanak, KO Street, +855 53 953900 (, fax: +855 53 953951), [16]. 16 rooms, inc 4 suite rooms (32 sq m incl bathroom), 6 deluxe superior rooms (27 sq m incl bathroom), 4 deluxe standard rooms (27 sq m incl bathroom). All have en suite bathrooms, A/C, telephone, flat screen cable TV, DVD player, access to DVD library, iPod docker, mini bar, room safe and private terrace or balcony. Free wifi, 2 computer terminals in reception for use by guests, salt water swimming pool (14m x 6) open from 8AM-9PM. Restaurant open 6AM-10PM, wine, beers, juices and soft drinks available from bar. From US$66.

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