Things to Do in Battambang

Discover the amazing things to do in Battambang province

Battambang province is located in the north west of Cambodia between the Tonle Sap lake and the Thai border.

Battambang is in many respects the second city of Cambodia behind the capital Phnom Penh, or at least it was before Siem Reap emerged as a tourist destination.

The city has a proud heritage with the arts and culture, which has been preserved through generations especially with the development of PHARE, a circus that is deeply rooted in the community and which has produced many of the country’s contemporary artists.

It is a city that is well worth a visit. Simply hang out by the river, or go on a tour around the surrounding rice fields, popping in on a pagoda or two.

Its bamboo railway might well be living on perpetual borrowed time, but is well worth a visit.

Battambang reveals a side to Cambodia that you will not discover in either the capital or major tourist destinations. Make sure you don’t miss out on this enchanting city on your trip through Cambodia.

This is our guide of things to do in Battambang province.

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Where to Go after Enjoying Battambang Province?

From Battambang you can take the long way clockwise around the Tonle Sap Lake to Siem Reap with a stop at Banteay Meanchey’s Banteay Chmar temple on the way.

Alternatively head south to Pursat to experience floating villages on the Tonle Sap. From there you really should make sure you visit the Cardamon Mountains, one of the few remaining wildernesses in mainland Southeast Asia.

Beyond Pursat you can follow the river further down to Kampong Chhnang, the pottery capital of Cambodia, and then continue your journey on to Phnom Penh.

If you head west you will reach the tiny province of Pailin, famous for gemstones, on the Thai border. You can stop off here especially if you intend continuing your journey on to Thailand.

Let the adventure begin.