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Visit Battambang: Top 7 Impressive Things to Do & See

Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city with a population of about 195,000 people. Battambang has a long history dating back to the 11th century with the Khmer colonial period. The ancient Khmer civilization was responsible for building huge temple complexes in Thailand and Cambodia, the most famous of which are Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, near the modern city of Siem Reap.

Are you curious about this city? Let’s find out the top things to do in Battambang and some other useful information.

Visit Battambang: Top 7 Impressive Things to Do & See

Things to do in Battambang

Enjoy Bamboo Train
Hike up to the hilltop Wat Banan
Visit Wat Ek Phnom
Explore the well-known Killing Cave and Bat Cave (Phnom Sampeou)
Massage in Battambang
Walk Through Phsar Nath Market
Climb to Wat Phnom Sam Pov

The best time to visit – Battambang weather

Where to stay – Battambang Hotels

Seng Hout Hotel Battambang
Royal hotel Battambang
Bambu hotel Battambang
Classy hotel Battambang
Khemara hotel battambang
Lucky hostel Battambang

What to eat in Battambang – Local cuisine

Transportation in Battambang

Tips before going

Things to do in Battambang

Enjoy Bamboo Train

bamboo train battambang

Riding the bamboo train is one of the best things to do in Battambang. The bamboo train is a must-see in Battambang and you don’t want to miss it. It was once used to transport people to local villages, but now its main purpose is to bring joy to visitors. The round trip takes 45 minutes and includes a stop to buy souvenirs and visit a brick factory. In case of encountering another train, you must move off the tracks. It’s hard work for the driver and he deserves his tip

*Morning is the best time to take the train because it’s pretty cool weather at this time and there are not many tourists.


  • 10 USD for the single traveler
  • 5 USD per person for groups
  • 1 USD for the driver’s tip at the end of the route

Hike up to hilltop Wat Banan

Wat Banan, also known as Phnom Banan, is a historical and cultural gem tucked away in the countryside near Battambang, Cambodia. This ancient temple complex is perched atop a picturesque hill and is often referred to as the “mini Angkor Wat” due to its resemblance to the famous Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. The site features a series of stone towers and shrines, showcasing intricate carvings and stunning architecture that date back to the 11th century.

Visiting Wat Banan offers not only a glimpse into Cambodia’s rich heritage but also panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. To reach the temple, visitors must climb a steep staircase lined with souvenir vendors and friendly monkeys. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with not only a sense of awe at the temple’s beauty but also breathtaking vistas of the lush green landscape below. Wat Banan is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and travelers seeking tranquility amid natural beauty.

Visit Wat Ek Phnom

Wat Ek Phnom, Battambang

Wat Ek Phnom, a historical and cultural treasure located near the town of Battambang in Cambodia, is a testament to the country’s rich heritage and architectural ingenuity. This ancient temple complex dates back to the 11th century and offers visitors a captivating journey through time.

The main temple structure, with its intricate carvings and architectural details, showcases the mastery of Khmer craftsmanship. As you explore the site, you’ll encounter well-preserved lintels, sculptures, and bas-reliefs that tell stories from Cambodian mythology and history.

Entrance Fee: 1 USD

Explore the well-known Killing Cave and Bat Cave (Phnom Sampeou)

The Killing Cave and Bat Cave, collectively known as Phnom Sampeou, represent a juxtaposition of Cambodia’s dark history and mesmerizing natural beauty. The Killing Cave stands as a solemn memorial to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, where countless lives were tragically lost. Visitors climb a steep ascent to reach this poignant site and pay their respects, while also enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque countryside.

Adjacent to the Killing Cave, the Bat Cave adds a touch of wonder to the visit. In the early evening, millions of bats emerge from the cave in a breathtaking display of nature’s grandeur. The skies come alive as the bats create rivers of flight across the horizon. This natural spectacle is best observed during the dry season, offering a unique blend of historical reflection and awe-inspiring natural phenomena in the heart of Cambodia.

Massage in Battambang

There are a few reputed places that offer massage services such as Today Massage, Nature Boutique Spa, and Lemongrass. They offer all types: foot, body, Thai massage, etc. And the rate is affordable. This is one of the best things to do in Battambang.

Walk Through Phsar Nath Market

Phsar Market is located in the city center, and if anything, a great place to take a stroll. This market caters more to the locals than the traditional tourist markets you may be familiar with within Asia. Take a walk through the Phsar Nath Market and see vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to clothing and electronics. A good way to kill an hour or so before heading off to your next stop!

Climb to Wat Phnom Sam Pov

Nestled 16km southwest of Battambang is Phnom SamPov, also spelt Wat Sampeau. These hilltop temple buildings have striking Khmer style gold roofs and are home to a group of monkeys – be sure not to get too close as they’re rather grabby! If you time your visit to come in the late afternoon the buildings glow in the setting sun.

Entry to Sam Pov hill is 1 USD, which you will pay at the bottom when you first arrive and covers entry to the whole site including the Khmer Rouge Killing Caves and the Bat Cave.

The best time to visit - Battambang weather

The Battambang climate is divided into two seasons: dry season and rainy season. The rainy season is unpleasant and cloudy, the dry season is hot and cloudy, hot all year round. During the year, temperatures usually vary from 21°C to 36°C, rarely below 17°C or above 40°C.

  • Rainy season – May to October
  • Dry season – November to April

The best time to visit Battambang is in the dry season from November to February. During the dry season, the weather is fine and does not rain, and the temperature is between 18°C and 27°C. This time is suitable for outdoor tourism activities.

Where to stay - Battambang Hotels

Seng Hout Hotel Battambang

Located in City Center, Seng Hout Hotel is a perfect starting point from which to explore Battambang. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, taxi service, ticket service are there for guest’s enjoyment

Royal Hotel Battambang

This hotel is considered as the oldest one in Battambang, and the dated interior testifies in favor of this claim. The prices are very affordable, and the lowest price starts at 4 USD.

Bambu Hotel Battambang

Bambu Hotel in Battambang has consistently received positive reviews for its tranquil setting, excellent service, and beautiful Khmer-style architecture. It offers a range of rooms, from comfortable standard rooms to luxurious suites. The hotel features a lovely pool area and a restaurant that serves both Khmer and Western dishes. Its location is convenient for exploring Battambang’s attractions.

Classy Hotel Battambang

The name Classy completely suits this accommodation. It scores only high marks among newly built hotels in Battambang. The starting price for the room is 40 USD per night.

Khemara Hotel Battambang

In the heart of Battambang, Khemara Hotel is close to the Battambang Museum and University of Battambang. This hotel is within the region of Ek Phnom Temple and Phnom Sampeau. Complimentary wireless Internet and cable programming are available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and slippers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks. Relax and unwind with massages and body treatments. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna.

What to eat in Battambang - Local cuisine

Local Style and Street Food in Battambang

An amok Khmer recipe is a traditional Khmer (Cambodian) dish usually made with fish

Battambang, a city in Cambodia, offers a variety of delicious Khmer dishes and street food.

  • Fish Amok: A classic Cambodian dish, fish amok consists of fish (usually catfish) cooked in fragrant coconut milk and red curry paste sauce. It’s often served steamed in banana leaves, creating a delightful presentation.
  • Bai Sach Chrouk: This is a popular breakfast dish in Battambang and throughout Cambodia. It features grilled pork served with rice and a side of pickled vegetables. The pork is marinated in a flavorful mixture of coconut milk, garlic, and other spices.
  • Kralan: Kralan is a traditional Cambodian snack made from sticky rice, coconut milk, and black beans. The mixture is stuffed into bamboo tubes and roasted until it’s crispy and aromatic. It’s a sweet and savory treat.
  • Num Banh Chok: These are rice noodles served with a fish-based green curry sauce made from lemongrass, turmeric, and kaffir lime leaves. It’s often topped with fresh vegetables, herbs, and bean sprouts.
  • Prahok Ktis: Prahok is a fermented fish paste that’s a staple in Cambodian cuisine. Prahok Ktis is a dip made from prahok, coconut milk, and a variety of spices. It’s typically served with fresh vegetables or rice.
  • Grilled Insects: If you’re feeling adventurous, Battambang’s street markets offer a variety of grilled insects, including crickets, grasshoppers, and silkworms. They’re crunchy and often seasoned with spices.

Battambang Restaurant

  • Jaan Bai: Jaan Bai is a social enterprise restaurant located in a beautifully restored colonial building. They serve a mix of Western and Cambodian dishes, and their menu changes regularly to feature seasonal ingredients. Dining here supports training and employment opportunities for local youth.
  • Pomme d’Amour: Located along the Sangkae River, Pomme d’Amour offers a blend of French and Khmer cuisine. It’s a great spot for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.
  • Nary Kitchen: Nary Kitchen is a family-run restaurant known for its authentic Khmer dishes. They offer a welcoming atmosphere and a chance to try traditional Cambodian flavors.
  • Smokin’ Pot Restaurant: Smoking Pot is a popular cooking school and restaurant in Battambang. They offer cooking classes where you can learn to prepare Khmer dishes and then enjoy the meal you’ve cooked.
  • White Rose Restaurant: This restaurant specializes in Khmer cuisine and is known for its delicious fish amok and other traditional dishes. The cozy atmosphere and friendly service make it a favorite among visitors.
  • Mauvais Sanglier: If you’re in the mood for French cuisine, Mauvais Sanglier is a top choice. They serve classic French dishes in an elegant setting.

Transportation in Battambang

Siem Reap to Battambang

  • By Boat: the journey takes 6-8 hours across the Tonle Sap and along the Sangker River. The trip is best in the late wet season when the river is high. During the dry season, it can take considerably longer. The ferry departs in both directions at 7:00 a.m with 20 USD/person.
  • By Bus: At least four bus companies (including Capitol Tours, Mekong Express and Thero Express) run two or three daily buses, most leaving in the morning. The ticket is about 6-7 USD, 2½-3 hours.

Phnom Penh to Battambang

Battambang is about 180 miles (290 kilometers) away from Phnom Penh, a distance that can take you anywhere between four to seven hours to travel, depending on traffic, flooding, and how you choose to go.

  • By Road: Most of the road is in good condition. There are continuing stretches of road construction on about 15 km of road near Phnom Penh, but most are easily passable. Some buses and taxis bypass the construction by taking Route #6 to the Prek Kdam Bridge and then crossing back to Route #5, but this takes about the same amount of time.
  • By Bus: Some bus companies such as Mekong Express, Virak Buntham, Phnom Penh Sorya, Seila Angkor Khmer and Capitol Tours all offer standard buses for around 7-38 USD, departing as frequently as every hour all day. The trip takes 5-6 hours. In Battambang, Some companies offer free hotel pickup.
  • By Taxi: A private taxi is 60 USD and Shared taxi is 40,000R per person. It takes about 4-5 hours. But they are also crowded and uncomfortable.

Sihanoukville to Battambang

The journey from Sihanoukville to Battambang is long, even very long. Sihanoukville is 485 km south of Battambang and whichever option you choose below, the trip will take all day or all night.

  • By bus: There are several daily bus options that depart from Sihanoukville. Departure times range from 6:30 am – 9:30 am and get you into town anywhere from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm that night. Depending on the time you choose, the ride can take anywhere from 10 – 13 hours and can cost in the range of 16 – 24 USD.

Bangkok to Battambang

The travel distance between Bangkok and Battambang is 350 km. The best option to travel from Bangkok to Battambang is taking a bus. It takes 9 hours 35 minutes to get from Bangkok to Battambang by bus. Depending on the traffic, sometimes the bus arrives 30 minutes earlier or later than scheduled.

Most buses from Bangkok to Battambang depart from the representative offices of the bus companies located in Bangkok. Passengers are requested to arrive at the point of departure at least 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Note that some bus companies will organize the transfer from the point of departure to the bus terminal by shuttle bus, therefore passengers must show up in advance or risk missing the bus.

Tips before going

Cloth: Cambodia has a tropical climate and can be dressed in summer. Due to the strong light, you should apply lots of sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun visor to avoid sunburn. When traveling in the rainy season, remember to bring an umbrella.

Cosmetics and skin care products: You should use anti-oil sunscreen cosmetics, skin care products and moisturizing sunscreen.

Pharmaceuticals: You can bring common cold medicine, digestive medicine, mosquito repellant, and sunstroke

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