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Battambang

Battambang

Battambang (Khmer: បាត់ដំបង, "Loss of Staff") is a province (khaet) of Cambodia located in the far northwest. Bordering provinces are Banteay Meanchey to the north, Pursat to the east and south, Siem Reap to the northeast, and Pailin to the west. The northern and southern extremes of the province's western boundaries form part of the international border with Thailand. In addition, Tonle Sap forms part of the northeastern boundary between Siem Reap and Pursat. Its capital and largest city is Battambang.
Battambang Overview

Battambang, a province in the West of Cambodia and is 291km from Phnom Penh, is Cambodia's second biggest town located in the southwest of Tonle Sap Lake. Unlike other touristy towns, it still remains a very local and provincial atmosphere: low buildings in French colonial architecture, rice paddies, farmland and main streets shared by cars and horse carts. It is a nice option when to take a Cambodia tour package.
 
At this laid-back town, you can get a refreshing change from touristy Siem Reap. Also, Battambang is a pleasant place to explore in one or two days on foot and forms a great base for visiting the nearby temples and villages.
 

Battambang History
A good tour guide in Cambodia tour package will provide a deep history of Battambang.  In 1795 Thailand annexed much of northwestern Cambodia including the provinces of Battambang and Siem Reap and Thai rule lasted until 1907 when the province was ceded to the French to be part of their Indochina colony.
 
Much of the architecture still seen today in the center of the town dates from the first half of the twentieth century. Development was halted by the Second World War when Battambang once again fell under Thai administration but continued rapidly after Independence in 1953.
 
Battambang suffered much the same as the rest of the country under the Khmer Rouge - the city was evacuated as the population was moved to the countryside where many people died.
 

The city was liberated by the Vietnamese a week after the fall of Phnom Penh on 13th January 1979 but the Khmer Rouge continued to fight on in the northwest of the province only suspending hostilities in 1996. During this period the city was off limits to most visitors as it was on the front line in the war against the Khmer Rouge. Typically the government forces would push the Khmer Rouge back towards Pailin in the dry season only to cede most of the gains once the monsoon rains came.
 
After 1996 Battambang was at peace for the first time in decades and experienced some growth. However, it is only until very recently that tourists have come to the city in any numbers - most of the minefields have now been cleared and the main roads have been rehabilitated.
Battambang climate and best time to visit
The tropical monsoon climate in Cambodia makes it a perfect destination for Cambodia tour package at any time of the year. The temperature during the months of October, November, December and January is quite pleasant for touring and visiting sights with a temperature in the region of 26°C.

The rainy season can take place May to October (September is the wettest), so for the travelers visiting during these months, it helps to pack light rain gear to stay comfortable while trekking outside. The dry period is December to February, while the warmest month of the year is April.
Battambang Transportation
Plane
Forget it. Battambang technically does have an airport but at this stage, there are no flights to or from the city, as no locals will pay for airfares when buses are so cheap.

Train
Despite persistent claims to the contrary, there is no train service between Battambang and Phnom Penh. There once was one train per week that took anywhere up to 24 hours to make the 300km journey, but this was discontinued in 2007.

Speed Boat
During the rainy season, it's a good alternative to the shared taxi. The road from Siem Reap to
Sisophanis is quite lousy. Therefore, it's best to take the opportunity of a nice and relaxing boat trip.

The dry season eventually makes this impassable as the river water level goes down. Departing from Siem Reap taking the 7 am a boat, you'll arrive at Battambang about 10:30 am. The cost is around US$ 10-15 per person, depending on demand.

So it's negotiable. Departing from Phnom Penh taking the 7-8am boat, you'll arrive at Battambang around 3-4pm. The cost is around US$ 16-22 per person.
Things to do and see in Battambang
Banan Temple
Adapts the architecture of mid 11th century and the end of 12th century the temple was first built by the
king, Ut Tak Yea Tit Tya Varman II (1050-1066) and then was finally built by the king, Java man VII (1181-1219). The temple is located on the top of approximate 400-meter heighten mountain at Kon Tey 2 commune, Ba Nan District in 25-kilometer distance from the provincial town by the provincial Road No 155 parallel to Sang Ke River. At the mountain's valley, there are Ku Teuk and two main natural wells, namely: Bit Meas and Chung or Chung Achey.
 

Barsaet Temple
It was built during the reign of King, Soriyak Varman I (1002-1050) and located on a hill at Ba Set village, Ta Pun commune in 15-kilometer distance from the provincial town. Ba Set temple adapts the architecture of 11th century and built in 1036 and 1042.
Next, to the temple, there is 20 meters by12 meter and 10-meter depth pond. The pond is never dried, though in the dry season. In the rainy season, the water level is higher than usual.
 

Boeng Kam Pinh Puoy
It is located between two mountains, named Phnom Kul or Phnom Ta Nget and Phnom Kam Pinh Puoy, at Ta Nget village, Ta
Kriem Commune in 35-kilometer distance from the provincial town. Boeng Kam Pinh Puoy has a 1,900-meter width, 19-kilometer length and can load 110,000,000-cubic meter water.

Phnom
Sampuov
It is the natural resort located along the National Road No 57 (the former National Road No 10) at Sam Puoy commune (the high land having more than 100-meter height) in 12-kilometer distance from the provincial town of Battambang. On the top of Sam Puoy mountain, there are a temple and three natural wells, namely: Pkar Slar, Lo Khuon and Ak So Pheak. Next, to Sam Puoy Mountain, there are some main mountains, the natural sites like Phnom Trung Moan, Phnom Trung Tea and Phnom Neang Rum Say Sork. These mountains related to the Cambodia folk legend of Reach Kol Neang Run Say Sork.
 
Prasat Snung
It characterizes as three separated stupas made of brick, located on a hill having 30-meter length and 20-meter width, in
Snung pagoda's area, Snung commune, Ba Nan District in 22-kilometer distance from the provincial town. According to the style at the gate, the temple is similar to other temples in the 12th century. Behind the temple, there is another new constructing temple.
 
Wat Ek Temple
It adapts the architecture of 11th century and built in 1027 during the reign of the
king, Sorayak Varman I (1002-1050). It is located at Piem Ek commune in 14-kilometer distance from the provincial town.
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