Serviced by Battambang airport, the city is about 6 hours and 30 minutes from Phnom Penh by road. Brimming with olden colonial architecture and known for its relaxed vibe and laid-back cafes, Battambang is a destination for those who like to travel in leisure. 

The city is well known for its love of traditional art forms. Many of the country’s best artists, singers and actors call it home. In addition, 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.

Phnom Sampeau

Phnom Sampeau is an archaeological site located in Sampeau Commune, about 12 km of Battambang city. This attraction is steeped in history and legend. It is home to the infamous Killing Caves and a Bat Cave. Also, atop a 100-meter-high mountain stands a pagoda. It is also home to three natural caves – Pkasla, Lakhaon and Aksopheak.

Apart from the cave, there is a beautiful viewpoint from where you can see the green fields in the Battambang region. At dusk, hundreds of thousands of bats fly out of the cave, forming a spectacle which is viewed by hundreds of tourists who gather. Phnom Sampeau makes for an exciting day trip from Battambang for the natural Bat phenomenon, lovely countryside views and a dark history of Cambodia that occurred during the Khmer Rouge.

Wat Ek Phnom

Wat Ek Phnom is an impressive Angkorian temple in the town of Battambang in northwestern Cambodia. The temple is a very famous picnic and pilgrimage destination for local Khmers at festival times. Mostly in ruins, visitors have to walk through large blocks of stone in the temple premises, which feels like traveling back in time, making it a popular attraction in Battambang. Visit this temple ruin for its well-carved pediments and lintels.

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak is a multi-arts, non-profit association for Cambodian children, famous for its circus performance. It is located in Anh Chanh Village in Ochare Commune in the provincial town of Battambang in Cambodia. Visiting Phare Ponleu Selpak is one of the worth doing activities in the city, especially if you are traveling with kids as the unique circus performances by the local kids is very entertaining.

Crocodile Farm

The Crocodile farm is located along the river bank close to the provincial town of Battambang in Cambodia. It is one of the many wildlife protection centres in the country where hundreds of crocodiles are bred in captive and conserved in the best suitable conditions. Tourists can make a short trip to the farm while visiting Battambang where they can get to know about crocodile breeding, feeding and also hold baby crocodiles.

Crocodile farming is one of the big industries in Cambodia. Crocodile’s meat is used as food and in medicine. Its skin is to make expensive purses and wallets, which is quite popular across the world. In the farm, the crocodiles are killed via injections when they are fully grown to be used for all these purposes. A good breeding crocodile can yield up to 40 eggs every year.

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