Battambang is the capital city of the Battambang Province and it is second largest city in the country. At the same time, it is a popular tourist destination, due to the fact there are a lot of temples, the architecture is interesting and the famous bamboo railway is located in the city. On the other side, this city has modern accommodations to offer, so it is a perfect destination for people who are looking to see something old and enjoy in latest accommodations.
Get in and get around the city
In order to get to the city, you can use cars, buses and boat. From 2014, busses cannot go into the city, so they can come 3 kilometers from the center of the city. On the other side, a bus ticket is more than affordable, and it will cost you around $6. Roads are in general in a good condition, but they are not very good. In addition, you can come in the city by a car. The government of the state invests a lot of funds into modernization of the roads and infrastructure.
A boat from Siem Reap departs at 7:00 a.m. and it takes between 4 and 12 hours to arrive to Battambang. The time depends on the weather conditions. Most people recommend that you take a boat, due to the fact you will be able to see amazing landscapes and areas. On the other side, keep in mind that this journey can last long.
Moving across the city is a real pleasure and it can be achieved by foot. However, you can rent a bicycle, it costs $1 per day. In addition, motorcycles can be rented as well and they cost $7 per day. The police usually pulls over the tourists and fines them! In this case, it is recommended that you smileand pay a small fine of $1. Ion the other side arguing won’t help, and it can make a fine higher. Tuk-tuks are popular in the city and they cost $10, which is more than affordable. In addition, hiring a driver that knows English is more than recommended and there are a lot of drivers with more than just great knowledge of the English language. They know the city, so they can show the most beautiful and the most important places.
What should be seen
Governors Residence- This is the most important building in the city and it should be seen. It was built in 1900 and it is treated as one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. The interior is closed, so visitors cannot get inside, but the exterior is more than just interesting. In addition, the surrounding area of the building is beautiful and it should be seen as well.
Battambang Museum- This museum shoes amazing statues and the history of the province. It has signs of several languages, so it is easy to understand everything.