An artsy part of Cambodia with charming French colonial architecture and a dazzling untouched countryside.
What To Do
Explore the countryside of Battambang on a bicycle to get closer to its untouched nature and quaint villages. Soksabike is a tour company that provides full or half-day tours to get the best Cambodian back road experience. Discover the wonderful locals and even get a chance to chat with a Buddhist monk with these bike tours.
Battambang is known to be the art capital of Cambodia with an artistic community of painters and performers. Pop by Khmer Art Space for exhibitions by local artists inspired by the beauty of the province. The Phare Ponleu Selpak is a circus troupe where troubled kids are given the opportunity to train in circus acts by local professionals. They do tours in Cambodia so check out their schedule.
How To Get There
There are no scheduled flights to Battambang so your best bet is via road or water. From Phnom Penh, you can take 5-hour daily buses up to the quaint province. If you travelling during the wet season, take the ferry up the Sangkar River for a picturesque view of the Cambodian countryside and a chance to do some bird-watching.
Where To Stay
An artistic town would definitely have some unique accommodations and Battambang does not disappoint. Stay in a refurbished colonial building with a classy interior at Bambu Hotel, a villa-style hotel with a hype that has not died since its opening in 2010. Artsy and different can be found at Bric-a-Brac that host uniquely decorated rooms and a well-stocked bar called the Libations Bar that serves homemade rillettes.