Olivia Rawes tells us why the city of Battambang in Cambodia should be an essential stop on your Southeast Asian trip. It is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia and hosts some of Cambodia's most exciting and unique tourist attractions. Although it is not as big as other cities like Phnom Penh, Phuket or Bangkok, it is worth a trip to Cambodia, as it offers local cafes and extraordinary attractions with many restaurants, bars, shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels.
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While Siem Reap is home to most ancient temples, there are some in Battambang that are worth a visit. Although the country is not only worth visiting as a fast developing tourist destination, there are many of them to experience in Batt Ambang. If you want to explore some of Cambodia's most famous and popular destinations, here are our top recommendations for you.
The Wat Pipetharam, which dates back to 1888, is strongly influenced by Thai architecture and is one of the most beautiful temples in Cambodia. Although it is not nearly as big as Angkor Wat, the five towers resemble the Wat and you will appreciate the ruins of Battambang in their ruined state, which is run down compared to those in AngKor - Wat and Angksor Thom. This is the best preserved Khmer temple in the country and resembles the ancient temples of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's second largest city and capital.
Horrible as it is, history also sheds light on the incredible resilience of the Cambodian people and will allow you to enjoy every moment of the present - today's Cambodia - and shed light on its incredible history. If you are visiting Siem Reap or Phnom Penh during your holiday, why not visit Battambang for your upcoming holiday? Whether you are heading to Angkor Wat or Angksor Thom, AngKor Wat or any of the major cities in Cambodia, or want to visit this charming city on your itinerary, here are the 10 best things to do in Batt Ambang.
If you want to learn about the local culture of Cambodia, why not go to Battambang? After all, Cambodia is such a beautiful country that you don't want to miss any of its amazing cultural attractions, such as Angkor Wat, Angksor Thom or any other major city.
Cambodia is a country full of impressive temples, each province having its own special offers. The Wat Banan Temple is of course not as busy as Angkor Wat, but that is what makes it great. This dilapidated temple in the style of Angksor is still used as a Buddhist shrine and its so-called "mini-angkore" or "wats" led to the construction in the mid-19th century. Compared to its predecessor, this new temple was the first of its kind in Cambodia and one of the largest in the world. Admission is US $3.00 for adults and $1.50 for children under 5 years of age.
In fact, one of the attractions of Battambang is that it is not a far-flung metropolis, offering travelers a very different "Cambodian" experience. Compared to Angkor Wat, there are fewer visitors and the city has more than preserved its Cambodian charm as a small town. What Angksor, Cambodia's most popular tourist destination, lacks is its ever-growing variety of tourist attractions and the advantage of being more accessible to tourists from other parts of Cambodia, such as Phnom Penh.
If you are looking for other places in Cambodia, check out our guide to the best tourist attractions in Battambang. You might also want to consider a tour of Cambodia and organise everything yourself. If you don't mind paying a bit more and renting a private car and driver for the day, you could travel between Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Batt Ambang in one day. Or, if you are really under time pressure and would rather be accompanied by a guide, join us on a day trip to Angkor Wat or other tourist destinations.
On the Cambodian island of Koh Rong Samloem we met a boat for a 7-hour trip that took us to a floating village, one of the most scenic ways to circumnavigate the city. If you visit places like Siem Reap near the border with Thailand, Battambang is a good next stop. The boat trip from Siem Reap to Batt Ambang has been a very popular way to travel in Cambodia for many years, but it will also be one of our most memorable. You will be lucky if GAdventures takes a trip to show you all the colors, history and culture of this beautiful country.