Battambang Things to Do

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    Wat Phiphetaram

    by richiecdisc Written May 28, 2005

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    colorful Wat Phiphetaram

    Admittedly the vast majority of travelers that come to Battambang make the journey to either enjoy the simplicity of village life in the countryside or to do the arduous though scenic boat trip to Siem Reap. Still, there are some sights in the city proper like Wat Phiphetaram. Though there is little information on this colorful wat, it is worth a visit. We arrived in the evening and ventured over to find a group of friendly young monks readying themselves for a festival. Though busy, they took time to show us around and practice their English. It was too dark to take a photo so I snapped this the next morning. But what I remember is not really the wat, but the monks and the atmosphere of the evening air leading up to the festival that night.

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    enjoy the scenic Stung Sangker

    by richiecdisc Written May 28, 2005

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    tranquil Stung Sangker

    It’s not likely you’ll miss the Stung Sangker as the river is the focal point of local life and you will find yourself wandering along it most days you are there. The best time is early morning before it gets too hot when the sun’s first rays provide the optimal light for snapping photos of the French Colonial shops that line the river. If you’re smart, you’ll be taking a boat on this very river to Siem Reap, rather than the dusty bus trip!

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    Wat Damrey Sar

    by richiecdisc Updated May 29, 2005

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    another Wat, so what?

    Battambang’s other Wat is another mysterious if pleasant place to make a stop. Again, there is little information about it, in town, in any guidebooks, or on the Internet. This doesn’t seem to make any difference; the real attraction is the friendly monks that though more shy than their Angkor counterparts, are no less anxious to practice their English on you. In fact, they are more so as they don’t see anywhere near the number of visitors. Doreen was there alone one day and was invited into a nearby school to "teach" a group of school children.

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    French Colonial architecture

    by richiecdisc Updated May 28, 2005

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    Battambang's bountiful architecture

    It’s true that if you travel anywhere in Cambodia, you’re bound to come across your share of French Colonial architecture but Battambang has some of the best preserved examples of the style and also an overall homogeneous feel as a town. The combined effect of these timeless Spartan buildings and the town’s dusty streets makes for a Wild West aura that many find charming. The best place to check this out is along the Stung Sangker (river) with morning the best time for taking photos.

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    The Governor's Residence

    by richiecdisc Updated May 29, 2005

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    shades of another era, The Governor's Residence

    I’m really not sure if you can visit the inside of the Governor’s Residence in Battambang. This is one of the disadvantages of the town not being a bona fide tourist attraction-the lack of an infrastructure. I’m sure it may one day be open and publicized but for now, I just enjoyed seeing it through the fence. It harkened me back to a grander time. It is also quite an interesting walk over to the residence and there are a few other things to check out while over that way.

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    Battambang Museum

    by richiecdisc Written May 28, 2005

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    worth a peek, Battambang Museum

    It’s true that at $1, the Battambang Museum will seem expensive by local standards but there are fine carvings from around the province on display. Of course, it would be nice if there were some explanation of what things are and perhaps with time, this will be the case. But enjoy it for what it is as if foreigners do not frequent it, it’s not likely to remain open. It’s a shame it is only open in the morning and afternoon. It would be a perfect place to go in the midday heat!

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    Exploring the rural area by moto

    by sachara Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    Battambang lies in a scenic rural area with rice fields, villages, hilltop temples and the Angker river. So we decided to explore the countryside by moto, a motorcycle with driver. Also for the local people the motorcyles are a popular mean of transport.

    We left early morning. I really enjoyed not only the area, but also the ride itself. We could explore the area of about 20 km around Battambang. We visited wats, looked how sticky rice, rice noodles and fish paste was made. We saw huge fruit bats, visited a farm and made with the motos a ride with the bamboo train.

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    Phnom Sampeau, limestone hill

    by sachara Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    About 20 KM south west of Battambang almog the way to Pailin and the Thai border is lime stone hill Phnom Sampieu with a temple at top. From far, while still driving between the rice paddy fields, we could allready see the hill with the silhouet of the temples, but also of the sending mast for mobile phones. Almost everywhere you can use your cell phone and you will see local people using their mobile phones like my moto driver.

    Form the restaurants and foodstalls you can see the stair to reach the hilltop. It has more than 600 steps. It's much easier to take a winding road at the left side of the hill, though you have to walk in the burning sun for some time.

    Th views from the hill at the surrounding landscape with green fields, palmtrees, houses and wats is great !

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    Strolling around and enjoying the daily citylife

    by sachara Updated May 25, 2006

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    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.

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    Phnom Sampeau, killing field of Battambang

    by sachara Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    Phnom Sampeau is especially known as the killing fields of Battambang. On our way up to the top we visited one of the killing caves . Our guide explained us the horrifying history of this place. The place of interrogation (with no good answers, only the choice for a quicker or slower death), the place of suffocation, the place of cutting the throat ...

    Now this place is a memorial for the more than 10.000 murdered people under the Khmer Rouge regime. You can see some of the skulls and bones of the victims inside the cave to show the world that this never may happen again like our guide said. Also he lost close relatives in the time of the Khmer Rouge.

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    The Floating City

    by LotusV8 Written Mar 3, 2004

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    Floating city at Tonle Seap

    This is one of my greatest memories during my trip in Southeastasia, (I will write about it here on the Battambangside because I think it belongs here).
    We started our trip from something that ´s impossible to call a harbour close to Siem Rep, the place was a complete mess and looked like a dump place for garbage, here was a small village built on top of it - unbelievable, so poor people, still smiling at You.
    The smell was incredible, dead fishes was floating everywhere.
    Our trip started and we left the "harbour" in a small boat, we saw many children waving from the riverside, we passed a floating town at Tonle´Seap lake - they had a Church and Shops on the water, even schools sponsored by Unicef and Sida.
    We was almost stucked in the mud a few kilometer later - the waterlevel was just 50 cm and the Captain jumped many times in the water and pushed the boat so that we could continue our trip.
    We spent 8 hours on the river without a toilet!
    Remember to bring some food and water.

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    Phnom Sampeau, stupa and field guns

    by sachara Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    At the top of Phnom Sampeau stand also a abundantly decorated stupa, surrounded by green. Just beside the step to the stupa is a narrow track through the bushes is leading to the spot where you can see a large fieldgun, remnant of the civil war.

    When I walked to this spot, four monks were following me and were very pleased to be photographed in front of the gun. Back to the temples I found this tree full of electric powerpoints, but for what ...? The monks were gone, so I couldn't ask them of this was the place for shaving....

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    Wat, fruit bats, tall boats and young monks....

    by sachara Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    On our way back to Battambang coming from Wat Sampeau, we crossed the Angker river by a narrow bamboo bridge. Shortly after the crossing we reached the grounds of a wat known about the many fruit bats in the trees around. Really very peculair and huge creatures !

    We saw the fruit bats or 'flying dogs' between the several buildings like the temple and old french colonial houses. The young monks who walked around, liked to talk english with us.

    We saw also two tall brightly coloured boats in the shade of the trees. The shortest boat was for women and the longest boat for men, according they told us.

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    Visit to a farm

    by sachara Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    During our moto tour in the rural area around Battambang we visited in the afternoon also a farm with many fruit trees. We made a small walk to see how the ananas, jackfruit, banana, orange and pomelo are growing. We saw also two huge female pigs in two colours, a rose and brown one. The many piglets were mixing up.

    Before we continued our trip the host offered us plates with fresh fruit. It was delicious. Some of us also tried the strong local wine, but nobody decided to smoke the offered marihuana cigarets.

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    Phnom Sampeau

    by King_Golo Written Aug 24, 2005

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    Wat on Phnom Sampeau

    Phnom Sampeau is the name of a hill located approximately 25km south of Battambang. The trip there takes about 45 minutes by motobike and leads you into one of the most beautiful areas I've ever seen. The landscape resembles a savannah, especially during the dry season. Phnom Sampeau is the outpost of the mountains that stretch until the Cambodian-Thai border.
    An exhausting climb takes you up the hill to three sights. First, there's a cave that can be visited. It's probably the smallest cave one can imagine - a path of ten meters is enough to walk through it. In front of the cave, a monk asks you for a small fee to enter and you can also purchase a small candle as the cave is not lit at all. All around the cave, monkeys wreak havoc - be careful! Second, there's a very beautiful wat on top of the hill. Its tower thrones on the hill and is a wonderful sight in the early evening. The golden outsides reflect the sunlight and you are almost blinded by the lights. A third thing to see in Phnom Sampeau has cruel history. Similar to many other places in Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge built a killing field on top of the hill. Many people were either pushed down into another cave and died on the sharp rocks or were slaughtered to death. The killing field is a horrible experience - the skulls of the dead are kept as a memorial.
    Apart from these obvious things to see, Phnom Sampeau is the highest point in the surrounding area and therefore a perfect place to enjoy a view on Cambodia's rural landscape.

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