During our stay in Battambang we decided to explore the city by following the free walking tour produced by the Battambang Municipality.
Along the walking tour the city’s French and Khmer history is seen in building’s architectural style.
Whilst interesting, having arrived from the Angkor region, the city was a little underwhelming.
The walking tour is broken into two parts, Central Battambang and South Battambang.
- Wat Pipetharam
- Building of the Cantonese Association
- Psar Nath
- Shophouses next to the Chinese Temple
- Chinese Temple / Chinese Spirit House
- Corner Building and Villa
- Street 2 ½: Series of Shop Houses
- Chinese School (opposite of White Rose Restaurant)
- Buffalo Alley
- Battambang Cinema (on Street 2)
- School Pi Thnou
- Apartment Building
- Sangker Cinema and Battambang Warehouse
- Department of Land Management
- Wat Damrey Sor
- Former canal south of Wat Damrey Sor
- Exhibition Hall
- Provincial Museum
- Boxing Stadium (Sports Ground)
- Post Office
- Electricity Company and Department of Water Authority
- House for the Vice Governor of Battambang
- Provincial Court
- Former Prison Location
- Wat Kamphaeng and Stupa of 1840
- Kamphaeng High School
- Sport Centre (Au Circle Sportif de Battambang)
- Sala Khaet
- Royal Residence (Royal Bungalow)
- Department of Tourism
- First Concrete Bridge
You may download GPX way-points of the above maps by clicking on the GPS icon in the bottom-right corner.
Unfortunately, the Battambang Heritage website is temperamental, you can use these links to download the Central Walking Map and South Walking Map.
After four days exploring the Angkor region, we were quite templed out, the idea of a ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang was a welcome change. A shared bus picked us up early in the morning, and did a round collecting tourists till the bus was full, and dropped us off at a small tributary entering the Tonle Sap Lake. The dryer season meant that the boat had to start a lot closer to the lake than normal, with the bus covering initially following the shallow tributary. The boat was a colourfully painted wooden boat, with a very loud engine, do not sit at the back.
During the boat journey we came across a lot of interesting birds, animals and of course the local floating villages. Amazing to see how people lived on the Tonle Sap Lake. After seven hours we reached Battambang and greeted by comical taxi drivers on the shore all after our business.
On the fourth day in Siem Reap we decided to visit the Angkor region one last time, our three day pass had finished so we purchased a single day pass.
We made one last round of Angkor Wat temple, Prae Roup Temple that we had somehow missed, and gave the sunset on Phnom Bakheng a proper go.
Angkor Wat Temple
We had a quick stop at Angkor Wat from the eastern entrance, it wasn’t as crowded and still presented some nice views of the protruding central towers.
Prae Roup Temple
Pre Rup temple is an eighteen meter high platform of three large towers. Once we reached the top we saw glimpses of Angkor Wat from afar.
Small temple with elephant statues around the outer terraces that made for good photos.
Having left Phnom Bakheng prematurely previously, we decided to give the sunset viewed from this hill once last go, it was a nice way to end our time in the Angkor region, though I still think the sunset is overrated.
As we where cycling back, we caught a few photos of Bayon at sunset. The reds and blues were a nice backdrop to the silhouetted faces.