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The second-largest city in Cambodia, Battambang has a population of over 250,000. It is located a two hour drive west from Siem Reap and four hours from Phnom Penh. A world apart from Phnom Penh urban bustle it enjoys an unhurried, relaxed pace and a reputation for friendliness and pleasant atmosphere.
Founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire, the province is home to some of the best-preserved French colonial architecture remaining, following the French departure. Outside of the main city the two main attractions are Wat Banan, one of the best preserved Angkorian temples around Battambang, and Phnom Sampeu, the sacred mountain and killing caves used by the Khmer Rouge.
Battambang is also well known for being the leading rice producing province in Cambodia.
Best time to travel
The best time to travel would be during the dry season of October to March, avoiding the monsoon season of June to September. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round.
Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok
12 hours and 30 minutes
GMT + 7 hours
Issued on arrival
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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