Founded in the 11th century, Battambang is the second-largest city in Cambodia, lying the heart of the Northwest of Cambodia. It used to be the leading rice-producing province of Cambodia until almost infrastructure was damages during the war periods.

Its name – Battambang – means “loss of stick” to show the respect to a legend of the Preah Bat Dambang Kranhoung. It is a riverside town, famous for the best-preserved, French colonial architecture in Cambodia.

These days, Battamabang become a famous tourist attraction, besides Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The main parts of the city are situated closed to the Sangker River, a tranquil, small body of water that winds its way through Battambang Province. It is a nice, picturesque setting. As with much of Cambodia, the French architecture is an attractive bonus of the city.

There are no white sand beaches or boozy pub crawls, but rather, Battambang is a city full of ancient temples, unspoiled local culture, and arguably the best Cambodian food in all the land.

Best Time to visit Battambang
There are two seasons in Battambang: dry and rainy season. The rainy season is cloudy and dry season is hot and the average temperature here usually varies between 21 °C and 36 °C.
• Rainy season in Battambang – May to October
• Dry season in Battambang – November to April

The best time to visit Battambang is from November to February during dry season. Because the weather is fine with moderate temperature (18 °C – 27 °C) and is not rainy.

What to see and do in Battambang?
Wat Ek Phnom Temple – located in 8km north of the city center, the temple was built in the 10th century. Although it is inferior to the Angkor Wat complex, the scenery along the way is also quite impressive.

Wet Banan Temple – 25km away from Battambang city, the temple has the similar architecture to Angkor Wat. Thanks to good renovation, many locals come here for a picnic in the weekend.

Bamboo Train – the most well-known attraction in Battambang is the bamboo train. It is the most nostalgic train in the world with idyllic scenery along the monorail railroad, which was built in the French colonial era.

Phnom Sampeau – The mountain is more than 20 kilometers from the southwest of Battambang. Climbing 700 steps up to the top, you will visit a small temple tower and Buddha statue here.

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