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Battambang is Cambodia’s second-largest city and the capital of Battambang Province, which was founded in the 11th century. It is the former capital of Monton Kmer and lies in the heart of the Northwest of Cambodia. Until the war years, in which almost every infrastructure was destructed it was the leading rice-producing province of the country.

The name Battambang or Batdambang, literally means “loss of stick” referring to a legend of the Preah Bat Dambang Kranhoung (Kranhoung Stick King). The population is nowadays around 250,000 people . It’s a riverside town, home to some of the best-preserved, French colonial architecture in the country. Until recently Battambang was off the map for road travelers, but facilities have recently been improved and it makes a great base for visiting the nearby temples, such as Phnom Banon and Wat Ek Phnom, as well as the closedby villages. It’s a secondary hub on the overland route between Thailand and Vietnam, and if the National Highway No 6 from Poipet to Siem Reap is ever upgraded it’ll become an even smaller hub. The network of charming old French shop houses clustered along the riverbank is the real highlight here, and there are a number of Wats scattered around the town. The small museum has a collection of Angkorian-era artifacts, and beyond the town there’s a number of hilltop temples, yet more Wats and a pretty large lake. One of the more famous hills is Phnom Sampeau (Ship Hill) with the notorious killing caves.

Battambang Travel


History [[Battambang]] is Cambodia's second-largest city and the capital of [[Battambang]] Province, which was founded in the 11th century. It...

How to Get There

By Road From [[Phnom Penh]] to [[Battambang]] it’s about 291km via national road number 5. It is accessible from Thailand via...

Eat & Drink

Restaurants over the Lions Bridge There are also a couple of good Khmer restaurants across the Lions Bridge near the...


7 Makara Hotels Pleasant grounds and your choice for the rock-bottom price in Battambang. For value, however, some of the...


As you will visit any provincial of Cambodia, at [[Battambang]], you can buy most commodity at every market located near...


Barsat Temple Barsaet Temple was built during the reign of King, Soriyak Varman I (1002-1050) and located on a hill...

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