Being built in the 11th century, Battambang is the second largest city of Cambodia is a popular tourist destination of this country. Battambang possesses a special charm among other urban areas thanks to many ancient pagodas, Buddhist shrines and infamous railways.
It has the blend of modern city, the friendliness of local people and the French colonial architecture that is still in good preservation. The city center is very close to Sangker - a small peaceful river winding its way through Battambang Province. All of those features work together and bring about a picturesque scenery and unique charisma for the city.
Trekking along the road beyond the city, tourists will admire the beautiful scenery of the villages and paddy fields; this is a wonderful occasion to explore a little bit about the “wild” in Cambodian rural areas. The nearby surroundings also nurture some picturesque ancient temples, Angkorian era ruins, and even Khmer Rouge killing fields.
There is nowhere else in Cambodia has been influenced and remained so many French colonial remnants as in Battambang. The buildings along the river, including the former governor's residence are very nice which gives the city a historic charm. This place is easily walkable. Spend a couple of hours wanderingalong streets and in public places where put many stone statues and listen to the story of kings, generals, gods, and other historical symbols. You may have chance to know about the King Kranhoung Stick who held a “disappearing stick” - place of origin for the name of Battambang.
Coming to Battambang, travelers also should come and see its popular temples such as: Barseat Temple lying on a hill at Ba Set village, Wat Ek Temple that has been built for about 10 centuries, and Ba Nan Temple which contains two main natural wells. Located in the city center, Psar Nat is energetic markets and shopping centers of the city. Most hotels and motels are all built around Psar Nat.
In Battambang, there are abundant places for eating. Wandering along the streets, you can come across both local and foreign restaurants. Enjoy an authentic Cambodian serving of food or a nice French-style dinner. Several riverside café chantants offer espresso and even party in late evening. Tourists also can take pleasure in a couple of bars at the walking district. For those who are interested in local cuisine, come to Street 2 path or the park near the Provincial Museum.