Relax by the river in the French colonial villas of Battambang
Your Battambang tour will take you to a city that was founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire, but it’s the city’s well-preserved French colonial architecture that will really make an impression. The pleasant riverside atmosphere is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh, making this a great place for you to relax and enjoy the slow pace of life.
As part of your luxury tour of Battambang you can explore nearby hilltop temples, such as Phnom Sampeau. Here there is a jumble of temple buildings amid a myriad of vines and caves overlooking the city’s surrounding rice fields. Make sure you stay till dusk to witness the extraordinary spectacle of thousands of bats flying out of a cave in the hillside heading out to feast on the insects that come out at this time.
The area around Battambang, however, is also the site of terrible atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge, and a memorial to the victims in the caves, which includes human skeletons, makes a moving reminder of Cambodia’s violent recent history.
Let us help you experience all sides of Cambodia’s history on your Battambang tour.