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Battambang is the second-largest city in Cambodia. Located in the northwest part of the country, it is also the capital of Battambang province. Battambang gets its name from Ta Dumbong, a cowherd who became an emperor for a brief period using his magic stick after usurping the former king.

A giant statue of Ta Dumbong is the icon of the city, located at a roundabout in the centre. Battambang is home to Phare, the country's central institute for artists, singers and dances. The city also houses unique circus performances - brilliant storytelling combined with song, art and traditional dance forms.

The city was a leading rice producer until the war years. Battambang is less crowded, and well-maintained compared to other cities like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Despite being the second-largest city, it is an underrated destination among the tourists, who head to the capital and towards beaches after visiting the world-famous Angkor sites.

But this is changing for the last five years. Backpackers, young travellers and families are travelling in the city to experience authentic Cambodian city life consisting of colonial architecture, arts and the lack of overt commercialisation. 

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2-Day Itinerary and Things to Do

Day 1: Spend the first day in Battambang exploring the prominent attractions including the temples Wat Ek Phnom and Wat Banan. Next head to Battambang Provincial Museum and then spending the evening taking a sunset boat river in the Mekong. Watch the circus performance at Phare in the night, followed by dinner and drinks in the downtown.

Day 2: Take the bamboo railway ride and later to Damrey Sor Pagoda. In the late afternoon, head to Phnom Sampeau and Bat Caves to watch the bat flying out of caves in thousands. Explore the night market back in town and enjoy dinner in one of the riverfront restaurants.


  • Battambang has a considerable number of ATMs compared to smaller towns, so carrying huge amounts of cash is not required.
  • Carry enough snacks and water while heading to the caves of Phnom Sampeau, as there are little refreshment options.
  • Bargaining for a fixed rate is recommended while hiring Tuk-Tuks.
  • Also, if you plan to stay in the city for a few days, negotiate for multiple days at once for the best prices.

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What is famous about Battambang?

Battambang is a great place to get to know about Khmer arts and culture. It is the home for hundreds of Khmer and international artists who have been preserving and practising Khmer arts, music and dance performances. If you enjoy music, paintings, dance and theatre, you will love Battambang.

What is not so good about Battambang?

Battambang has comparatively fewer attractions and might feel bored if you are looking for more attractions to explore or things to do in the city.

Who should visit Battambang?

Battambang is ideal for travellers looking for a quiet getaway with nothing much to do and people interested in arts and culture.

What is the best time to visit Battambang?

The best time to visit Battambang is between October and January. The weather is not hot, and the humidity is less during these months. From late February, summer sets in slowly with March to May being the hottest months. Monsoon begins in late July and lasts until September, with the city witnessing landslides and floods. 
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What are the things to do in Battambang?

The top things to do in Battambang are Phnom Sampeau, Wat Ek Phnom, Phnom Sampeau, Wat Ek Phnom, Romcheik5 Artspace, Phare Ponleu Selpak. You can see all the places to visit in Battambang here

What are the places near Battambang?

The top places near to Battambang are Siem reap which is 84 km from Battambang, Phnom penh which is located 277 km from Battambang, Kep which is located 336 km from Battambang, Banteay chhmar which is located 83 km from Battambang, Pailin which is located 77 km from Battambang

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