Battambang Travel Guide

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Battambang Things to Do

  • Excellent tourist guide, Battambang

    We so much want to recommend our excellent guide in Battambang, Sophea Seng. He was born and raised in Battambang Province and knows the region in depth. On top of his local knowledge he is also very well versed in Khmer history and culture. But what is probably his greatest asset is his ability to speak the English language in a way that is...

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  • New shop called Natural in Battambang

    Hi!!! My name is Laura and I am travelling at the moment thought Cambodia. In my visit to Battambang I have discovered a new shop and organic coffee place called Natural, it is located in street no 3, 100 m south of the central market. This new place is part of the project of an NGO called Coconut Water Foundation.In the shop they sell nice...

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  • Fast boat to Siem Reap

    This, for me, was one of the highlights of my time in Cambodia and probably the main reason for coming to Battambang. Just to the north of the new bridge across the river are a cluster of moored boats. This is where the ferries to Siem Reap depart and is really a must-do thing as the journey is very scenic indeed. You'll pass by ramshackle stilt...

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Battambang Hotels

  • The Rottanak Resort

    KO Road, Rottanak Commune, Battambang, Cambodia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Au Cabaret Vert

    Rue 154, Toul Ta Ek / Okatom 2, Battambang, 60000, Cambodia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Star Hotel

    I had wanted to stay at the Royal Hotel when I arrived in Battambang but they were full but luckily...

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Battambang Restaurants

  • Brilliant khmer food in pleasant...

    Smokin pot is a little restaurant that looks more like a cafe at first sight.It has partly indoor and partly outdoor seating and a nice airy atmosphere.Staff was super pleasant all the times i visited there and the food was really really good.I had a few different khmer dishes from the menu and the were delicious all of them and i never paid more...

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  • Just along from the White Rose

    This is a German owned place, just down the road from the White Rose and is also popular with westerners. The name refers to the pot you put on a stove, not in a pipe. I came here and had half a chicken in a pepper and garlic sauce with rice.

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  • Popular place with a good choice

    This is one of the most popular places to eat in town for locals and westerners alike. They serve good, authentic Khmer and a laundry list of Chinese-style stir-fries, Thai soups and treats, and some Western cuisine. Don't expect much of a smile along with the service as it's always pretty hectic inside. They do some good fruit shakes here.

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Battambang Nightlife

  • Artistic night

    The Phare Ponleu Selpak was founded by former refugees. In the refugee camp in Thailand they learn drawing. They believed that it was a very good concept and they wanted to give something back to the Cambodian people. In Phare Ponleu Selpak children can visit art classes as well as the circus school. We were told that about 400 children visit the...

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  • The only place to be

    This is the only place to come and chill in the city. It's in an old wooden house over looking the river. Wicker tables and chairs,bed seats and fairy lights. Looks out onto the river. Drinks are a reasonable price and food is pretty good. They have a pool table, but it was being used for bread storage when we were there. Just remember to take you...

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  • Weird

    Visiting a night club in Cambodia is a really weird, but nevertheless fun, experience. Once you enter you're immediately 'attacked' by 20 or so beer girls trying to sell you their product. On stage there was a Khmer girl band consisting of four barely dressed teenage girls singing local pop songs with occasional Karaoke attempts by one of the...

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Battambang Transportation

  • Buses

    Even though I left for Siem Reap on the fast boat (which is an absolute must), I found two tourist offices with bus times which I thought would be useful for people (times/prices as of Dec 2008):From Neak Krohom station to Siem Reap - Depart at 8am From Rith Mony station to Siem Reap - Depart at 7.30am & 8amFrom Capitol bus station to Phnom Penh -...

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  • From the Thai border

    I came to Battambang from the Thai border at Poipet with an American couple in a taxi which cost us 1200 baht (400 baht each) which is a lot of money. According to Lonely Planet there should be a free shuttle bus from the border crossing to the "Tourist Lounge" - whatever and wherever that is. After spending quite some time and getting very...

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  • Railway Station

    I was expecting to see an impressive colonial French station building in Battambang but instead there's this rather ugly concrete carbuncle of a building. Don't expect to find any trains here (at a railway station? Come on!) as they stopped running a few years ago. When they used to run, they went to Phnom Penh, with the journey taking around 14...

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Battambang Shopping

  • A new shop called Natural

    Hi!!! My name is Laura and I am travelling at the moment thought Cambodia. In my visit to Battambang I have discovered a new shop and organic coffee place called Natural, it is located in street no 3, 100 m south of the central market. This new place is part of the project of an NGO called Coconut Water Foundation.You can have a look at more...

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  • No tourist staff

    When stralling around in the central market we really realised that Battambang isn't the tourist hot spot! You find everything for normal day life and the people from Battambang really do their daily shopping here. Besides food you also get shoes, clothes, cosmetics, toys, all these household articles and much more. What you definately would'nt...

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  • Mecados - psaa - Markets

    Durante nuestra visita a los alrededores de Battambang encontramos mecados en los pueblos donde podias encontrar de casi todo , cestos , culebras de agua , verduras ,... during our visit around Battambang we found markets in the villages where you could find nearly everything , baskets , water snakes , vegetables , ...

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Battambang Local Customs

  • Spare vehicle parts

    I just happened to walk past this place, which was just down the road from where I was staying at the Star Hotel, and noticed a load of vehicle parts lying on the floor in orderly rows and piles. They included engines of different sizes, gearboxes, axels, suspension units and wheel hubs.

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  • Fuel in bottles

    Even though there are fuel stations around, you'll see a lot of shops selling fuel which seems to come in different colours - red, yellow and green and usually sold in old glass soft drink bottles but I also saw it sold from old Jack Daniels bottles! I presume the different colours help distinguish the different grades and I bought some from a...

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  • Political Signs

    Battambang was the first town I visited during my time in Cambodia and I came here in a shared car from the Thai border at Poipet. I noticed these political signs for various communist parties along the roads and then more of them around Battambang itself. Politics most be a big thing, here, and is a bit in your face compared with things back home...

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Battambang Warnings and Dangers

  • Andamios - Scafoldings

    Los andamios son de bambu y estan amarrados con cuerdas Dicen que son muy seguros , sobre todo si hay temblores de tierra The scafoldings are made with Bambu and they are tightened with strings They say that they are very safety , spetially ifthere are hearthquakes

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  • Beware of Landmines!

    Do not wander off into unknown paths or the forests when you are in the countryside as there are landmines lying around in this province that have not been cleared. Stay on well-trodden paths.

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  • Poipet border

    This place is terrible!Beggars,thieves..... the list could be quite long.So many people crossing the border, the que from Thailand was some kilometer and the queing people was loking like they are going to die.Try to get your visa before you reach Poipet, they will try to fool you so you have to pay doubleprice for the visa here.

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Battambang Tourist Traps

  • Don´t go to the gecko cafe.

    I was at the Gecko cafe once and i see no reason to return.It´s located on a corner and looked ok at first and i could see the place was rather popular with foreigners.Once i got in and sat down i noticed that the crowd there was mainly a rather sad combination of sex tourists and first time backpackers sitting on skype telling their family "i´m in...

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  • Cold Night Restaurant

    Restaurants that are visited by busloads of tourists are usually not the place you wanna end up. Either the food is crappy or the prices are way to high. For Cold Night Restaurant it was a combination of both. Food was slightly below average and prices higher than average compared to other places. Cold Night Restaurant is quite far from downtown....

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  • Dry season - dried out river

    Most people come to Battambang to travel further to Siem Reap and Angkor by boat. The Lonely Planet advertises the river cruise to be one of the most scenic in Cambodia. It's scenic, indeed, but it's not too exciting in the dry season. Stung Sangker, the river flowing through Battambang, is almost dried out then. You can actually cross it by foot....

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Battambang What to Pack

  • Don't think about it, just bring it!

    Backpacks and messenger bags are very convenient. Money belts also come in handy. You can't really tell it's there unless you're carrying a lot of money of course. The best type of clothes to bring would be shorts, cropped pants, t-shirts, and tank tops. For the rainy season, you should also pack a poncho. It keeps the water out and is very...

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  • smoke on the water

    Traveling light is imperative if you want to do things like take the river trip from Battambang to Siem Reap. A backpack is sturdy and more easily taken onto and off the boat via the wooden planks provided. Sandals are nice but sturdy boots are better for going from point A to B with a heavy pack. A wide angle lets you capture the vast expanse of...

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  • Battambang Hotels

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Battambang Off The Beaten Path

  • Cena en el Colegio Mayor- Dinner in the...

    La Mision de Battambang tiene un Colegio Mayor que dirige el Padre Pedro (S.J.)que es colombiano Aparte de impresionarnos su orden y limpieza , la recordaremos por la cena tan entranable que tuvimos con los estudiantes y los coperantes que pusieron todos sus esfuerzos por hacernos una noche inolvidableThe Battambang Mision has a Students Residence...

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  • La Mision - The Mision

    La mision esta presidida por el busto del Padre Arrupe y en ella Kike Figaredo ( S.J.) Obispo de Battambang y su equipo estan volcados en ayudar a la gente y conseguir que con gran esfuerzo mejoren las instalaciones y medios y asi las condiciones de vida de los cientos de personas que participan en sus proyectoDentro del recinto de la Mision...

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  • Banco de Arroz - Rice Bank

    En la mision Catolica de Battambang existe un banco de arrozEl arroz , basico en la alimentacion Camboyana , tiene unos precios que varian con las estaciones del ano y da lugar a especulaciones , por ello tienen un banco de arroz en el que la gente procura tener los precios estables durante todo el ano y asi defenderse de las especulacionesIn...

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Battambang Sports & Outdoors

  • Volleybal nextdoor to the hotel

    Next to the Star Hotel was a volleybalfield. Always when I left the hotel or came back there were people playing volleybal, doesn't matter early morning or afternoon..... I noticed that sometimes boys and other times adults were playing, so many different people use this place. I liked it to see this, being a competition volleybalplayer myself for...

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  • Get a massage

    All over Cambodia, Seeing Hand Massage places can be found. Blind people provide very good massages for about $3-4. Battambang also has a Seeing Hands Massage in the town centre. I got the best massage of my life there! you don't have to bring anything - massage clothes are provided at the entrance

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  • Local kids and soccer

    Watching locals go about their everyday lives is one of travel’s great joys. Kids are especially fun though when they catch you, you are likely to become somewhat of a celebrity in a town like Battambang. I managed to snap a few shots before they “caught” me at which point they ran over and excitedly asked where I was from. I asked where the Wat I...

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Battambang Favorites

  • Tourist Information Office

    The Tourist Information Office is located in the south of the town, near the Governor's Residence and has the usual maps and info leaflets. The chaps who work here are very nice and I enquired about taking a trip on a norry (bamboo train) and one of them took me on the back of his bike to the railway line a few kilometres south of town and then...

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  • ATM's

    There are a few banks with ATM machines around the Psar Nut (market) right in the middle of town and these dispense US dollars, as this is what Cambodia uses for currency. I used one and was surprised to see that I could withdraw up to $2000 which I found absolutely amazing as the limit for a withdrawal from an ATM back home is around £300 ($500)!

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  • See the countryside and help out at a...

    If you want to see the countryside around Battambang (which I highly recommend if you want to see the real Cambodia.....excuse the cliche) then I advise you not to use any of the drivers who hang around the hotels. Instead I met a really great guy called Saveth who set up an NGO in his area just outside the city where he now teaches english; he...

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