I have read mixed reviews about this but we decided for $US8.50pp we would give it a go. We had a great time and made 3 delicious meals Amok fish, Beef Lok Lak & Stir fry chicken with basil. There were only the 4 of us and we had the full attention of Van who taught us everything from pounding our ingredients into curry pastes to slicing paper thin spices. We chose our dishes from the restaurant menu and there is the option of maket shopping for ingredients but as we were late to our class and he had another class at 6.30 we were not able to do that. The class runs for 3 hours and there was so much food we could not do it justice each of us cooked all 3 dishes and they were not small portions nothing was scrimped. We loved it and we even came away with a printed recipe book. Ignore the surrounds people have written that is looks filthy, why is it so popular etc but all our utensils were washed between preparing dishes as were the woks. It may not be everyones idea of a chef's kitchen but it was well worth the time and money and once Van relax's(I think this depends on his group) he is good fun.
We booked a day trip at $US20pp through the Bustop GH and included in this was a ride on the Bamboo train. This was so much fun not sure about the health and safety aspect!!! We took a ride for about 15 mins each way, once we reeached the other end we had to get off so the guys could take it apart and re-assemble to go back the way we came. It is used by the locals to move between towns we were told that they even move livestock, not quite sure how that would work but we had a good laugh and it gets up to quite a speed. It can be a little hair raising if you see one comming in the opposite direction. There must be a protocol as our driver never slowed as we sailed past the train and it's passengers as they stood next to the track with their train in pieces.
We did a 5,5h motorbike tour around Battambang including a ride with the bamboo train.
It was amazing! Our guides were very very friendly and explained a lot about the country and told us about the normal day live! We made a stop at a farm and at Phnom Sampeau
At the farm they explained how rice wine is produced. We also tasted it ... very strong!
Great fun was also the ride with the bamboo train.
Unfortuantely I forgot their names but ask in Royal Hotel, I guess they are alway around the hotel looking for tourist to offer their tour.
A pleasant couple of hours to be had is hiring a moto-taxi and going out to Ek Phnom. Not really much to see but plenty of people to meet. Along the way we found a couple of weddings. Although I was not allowed to take photos, the people were very welcoming and happy that we took the time to stop for a look at a piece of local folklore. Ek Phnom is only 15/20 minutes moto ride from the centre of Battambang.
Always with the motorbiker guides we went to visit this farm, there where a lot of fruits and other weird plants.....look at the pictures, do you recognise something?
They will offer you something to eat and drink.
Probably the motorbiker guides will take you there. Is a tree near a temple, and you can see hundreds of bats. They fly around free and happy, and the guys told us that in certain period the monks eat them......I don't know if they where joking or not! The bats don't look tasty....
Is quite in the middle of nothing, and probably this is a big part of his beauty. His so quiet that you can feel a strong sense of peace and mysticism. Is not beautyful and big like Angkor but is a nice place to visit. i really recomend it.
This is definately worth a look! I couldn't tell you exactly where it is (not v useful I know!) but it is well known in town, so ask around and you'll find a moto taxi to take you.
The train really is made of bamboo - if it meets something coming the other way they lift the whole thing off the tracks!!!
Had a great day at the Smokin' Pot restaurant where my husband and I went on a cookery course. First off we were taken to the market to buy the ingredients. The market was fascinating and I learnt a lot about the different vegtables and condiments - I'd never seen MSG 'in the raw', so I found it very interesting.
We then returned to the retaurant to learn how to cook Cambodian dishes. The tutor was really good (and patient). We were also given a booklet of recipies and ingredient information (which I use all the time at home!)
The town is nice, but the reason to go is visiting the country side. The nature is amazing, the people is so nice, everybody is smiling, and you can see a lot of weird things. For example you can have a ride with the Norry, or Bamboo train. Is a wood platform, with wheels and a motor, that Cambodian people uses to reach Battambang from the coutryside. Is really funny to catch one, because you are right in the middle of nowhere on a strange vehicle running on a railway, usually with the motorbikes and the drivers that brought you to the "station"!!! You can see the ricefields, the kids swimming in the little rivers, cows crossing the railways and a lot of people just walking near the railway carrying something on their head!
If you ask to your hotel or guesthouse they will arrange a day or half-day tour, to see the country side. Just tell them how many things you want to see. We went back at 3pm, but you can also stay around untill 5 or 6pm, if your backside is strong enough for the bumping road!!!
Battambang is a laid back and very relaxed city at the one hand, but at the other hand there is something to see at every streetcorner. Though it's the second largest city of the country, the citycentre is rather compact and easily to explore on foot.
The street blocks around the central market - between the Sangker river and the railwaystation- are very lively during the day from early morning till evening. Foodstalls, shops, motos, spirithouses, handicraftsmen...... at every corner you look, you will see something, just after you leave your hotel.
Los paisajes de los alrededores de Battambang son tranquilos , verdes , relajantes ; toda una experiencia
The landscapes around Battambang are quiet , greens , relaxing ; just an experience
En la frontera de Camboya con Tailandia hay una serie de casinos adonde vienen los Tailandeses a jugar ya que en Tailandia el juego no esta permitido
In the Cambodian border with Thailand there are several Casinos where the Thais come to play as in Thailand gambling is not legal
En lo alto de una colina que esta a 18 kms. de Battambang esta el templo de Phnom Sampeu en el que hay un templo y una estupa
Preparate a subir una buena pendiente , lo mejor es subir andando por la carretera y luego bajar por las escaleras
Tiene unas vistas muy buenas
In the top of a hill that is located 18 Kms from Battambang ti is the temple Phnom Sampeu where there is a temple and one stupa
Be ready to climb the steep hill , the best is to go up walking by the road and then coming down by the staircases
It has very nice views
Es un pantano que se construyo durante la epoca de los Khmeres Rojos y en el que estiman que murieron mas de 10.000 personas que estuvieron alli construyendolo a mano castigados a trabajos forzados .
Hoy en dia es un sitio muy agradable donde los fines de semana se llena de gente que van a banarse y a pasar el dia y se puede pasear por el pantano en barca de remos para ver aves acuaticas , la granja de lotos , pescadores , ...y sobre todo el paisaje
It is a Dam that was built during the Red Khmers and where it is estimated that more than 10.000 men dyed , who were there building it by hand and with hard labor.
Nowadays it is a very nice place where on the weekends is full of people that go to swim and to spend the day and you may go to the dam by rowing boat to see the aquatic birds , the lotus farm , the fishermen , ...and spetally the landscape