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.