Despite being the second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang is the best-kept secret of Cambodia. It was founded in the 11th century and is a treasure trove of opulent cultural heritage. Despite suffering immeasurably during the war years, Battambang has managed to emerge as a leading rice-producing region of Cambodia. The best-preserved French Colonial structures in the city are vital viewing destinations for the tourists.
The intrepid kind of travelers will find a lot to love in the old town of Battambang. The city wears its ancient past with pride and has yet managed to acquire the new-age charm. Beguiling, exciting, interesting, it is hard to describe this gem of a city in Cambodia. Although inhabited by the Khmer Empire, Battambang still retains the religious and cultural traces of the Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, and Chinese. The city’s extensive art scene is aptly depicted by the many temples that dot the city beautifully.
Cambodia’ most fertile city has the best to offer to the foodies. You can indulge in some of the most authentic renditions of the Cambodian Cuisines in Battambang. It’s well worth diving into the roadside stalls, local eateries, food tours, and stylish restaurants in the city to have the meal of your life. And when you need a break from the restaurant hopping, a simple coffee with some basic burgers and fries is all you need.
Battambang offers you the perfect opportunity to revisit history through its wealth of sculptures, relics, and ruins. The tropical location of the city is among the many reasons why Battambang is a favorite destination for the sun seekers. The combination of the modernized and well-defined streets and the eclectic historical structures make Battambang a beautiful destination to explore. When in Cambodia, Battambang is a must visit place.
Essential travel information and Battambang tips for your visit
- Time Zone: GMT+7 and the Indochina Time Zone is UTC+7
- Currency: Riel (KHR)
- Electricity and Internet: Internet is available at high speed in most of the hotels, residences, and institutions. The voltage is 230 V/ 50 Hz.
- Languages: Khmer, English
- Security: Tourist police (097 778 0014), Fire (118), Police (117). The Cambodia code is 119
- Tipping: Tipping is all up to the person.
- Customs: Never touch a citizen of Battambang on his/her head.
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Battambang