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Battambang

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===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 hrs hr away and [[Sisophon]] can be reached in just under an hour1 hr. By bus, [[Phnom Penh]] take about five5-six hours 6 hr and cost about US$4. [[Siem Reap]] takes at least three hours 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 hourshr) for US$4.
===By boat===
==Get around==
The city center 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-US$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 Rielriel) and cross the river in front of the market. Chamroeun (078 992 099) is a useful local English-Khmer translator, with a good knowledge of both colloquial English and technical terms.
==See==
[[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 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.
[[Image:WatEkNaheBattambang.jpg|thumb|200px|Wat Ek Phnom]]
* '''Wat Ek Phnom''', another Angkor-type temple ruin, about 15km 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.
Now There are several opportunities to explore villages just south of town. The Cultural village of Watkor, just a few kilometers 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>
[[Image:BambooTrainDerFussi.jpg|thumb|right|240px|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 20km 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.
*<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, 11km11 km.</do>
[[Image:Battambang_cooking.jpg|thumb|right|240px|Buying ingredients]]
Many restaurants around Battambang offer cooking classes at varying prices.
* '''The Smoking PotCh'Ngainh Ch'Ngainh''', a homely and familial approach to cookery carried out in a family home. ([mailto:[email protected] [email protected]]) ☎ +855 12 63 93 50. Daily courses priced at US$810.
* '''Ch'Ngainh Ch'NgainhNary Kitchen''', A homely and familial approach to cookerySvay Por Battambang, this class is carried in a family home. ([mailto:[email protected]''opposite the Holiday Guesthouse'').com [email protected]]) ☎ +855 12 63 93 501276 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 US$10.
* '''Nary KitchenThe Smoking Pot''', Svay Por Battambangdaily courses with a minimum of two or more people, ('' opposite the Holiday Guesthouse'')which can be a problem in low season. ☎+855 1276 3950 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 1000 KHR 1,000 rial a medium-size baguette up Northnorth, 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="[email protected]" 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 & amp; Bar'" alt="previously known as "Snow White/Apsara Garden Bar & amp; Restaurant" address="" directions="Cross the new bridge, 200m 200 m further and it's on the right hand side just after the pizza house" phone="" email="[email protected]" 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="[email protected]" 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>
* <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 wifiWiFi.</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 KHRrial" 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>
*<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>*<drink name="Scoop Cocktails Bar" alt="[email protected]" 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>*<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="http://herebedragonsbattambang.com" 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 $10.</drink>
===Budget===
* <sleep name="Ancient House" alt="Homestay in Watkor village" address="" directions="100m 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 GuesthouseSeng Hout Hotel" altaddress="No. #1008B, Road 02" addressphone="Battambang+855 53 952 900, cell +855 12 530 327" directions="" phone="North of Psar Nat Market 50m, Prekmohatep, next door to the White Rose Restaurant and around the corner from the Smoking Pot" email="[email protected]" 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="">Amongst flowering gardens Good hotel with elevator and large reception area. Rooms have A/C or optional cheaper fan,free WiFi, cableTV and tropical fruit treesensuite. Rooftop cafe with 360⁰ views. Good for really relaxing atmosphere Newly built in 2008 with cableTV, A/C, refrigerator and very good western hot and Thai foodcold water.Rates inc taxes and pick up any station in Battambang city</sleep>
* <sleep name="Holiday Chhaya Hoteland Serviced Apartments" alt="" address="#695118, St.43, Svaypor" directions="" phone="+855 81 999 00653 952170, +855 12 882500" url="http://www.holidayhotel-bbchhayahotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Hotel: US$154-12, apartments: US$20/night or US$270/mth" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Good hotel with elevator Opened in June 2010, single, double and triple rooms, both A/C and large reception area. Rooms have non A/C, wificableTV available. The cheaper hotel rooms have a shared bathroom, cableTV 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 HotelLux Guest House" addressalt="No. #1008B, Road 02" phoneaddress="+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="[email protected]" faxphone="+855 92 335767" url="http://senghouthotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="March 2011-Standard room promo rate US$16, double occupancy. Standard single 8-23 (VIP) USdown to $ 18 nett/room (max 2 guests).Standard double US$15 nett/room (maximum 2-3 guests). Standard twin US$15 nett/room (max 2 guests6 in low season)" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good hotel with elevator and large reception area. Rooms have A/C or optional cheaper Built in 2009, rooms include hot water, aircon, fan, wificableTV, free WiFi, cable TV fridge and ensuiteminibar. Rooftop cafe with 360⁰ viewsRooms are big clean and nicely decorated, as goes for the entire hotel. Newly built in 2008 with cableTVStaff are friendly, A/C, refrigerator helpful and hot a little bit shy. Location is close to nice eating places and cold water, free wifiat a road which is lit at night. Rates inc taxes and pick up any station in Battambang city</sleep>
* <sleep name="Chhaya Hotel Tomato Backpacker Hostel, Restaurant and Serviced ApartmentsBar" alt="" address="118, Street 3, Svaypor20 Ushaphea Village" directions="behind LUX Guest House" phone="+855 53 952170, +855 12 88250085 34 39" url="http://www.chhayahotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Hotel: US$42-12, apartments: US$20/night or US$270/mth10" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Opened in June 2010, single, double and triple Very friendly place with ensuite rooms, both A/C for just US$3 and non A/C, cable TV availabledorms for US$2. The cheaper hotel Has only 4 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, cableTVtotal on first floor that also has nice restaurant balcony. 24 hr security, free airport/bus station/boat harbour transfersGreat 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> * <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>
* <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>
===Mid-range===
* <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> * <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> * <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 TVcableTV, free wifiWiFi, 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="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 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> * <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 Banan Hotel" 1 k from mid-town - every tuk tuk knows italt="" address="National Rd No 5" directions="" phone="+855 77 707789. +855 61 577777" url="http://www. Incompetently run (plumbing leaks, reception can rarely help with anything), but quite new and quite cheap at average bananhotel.doodlekit.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$15 a night for a nice room with mod cons/$25" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Close to bus station and city centre. Helpful staff. Free WiFi, free bicycles. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Banan Phka Villa Hotel/Resort" alt="" address="National Road No K O St, Romchea 5, Sankat Ratanak" directions="" phone="+855 77 707789. +855 61 57777753953255" urlemail="http://www.bananhotel.doodlekit[email protected].com" checkinfax="" checkouturl="" pricecheckin="US$15/$2512 noon" latcheckout="12 noon" long="" email="[email protected]" faxprice="US$55">Close to bus station 10 ensuite equipped bungalow rooms, 13 m x 18 m swimming pool, free internet and city centre. Helpful staff. Free 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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