Tours of Battambang
A range of options
What we say:
Walking 'heritage' tours take in wats, markets and colonial buildings in town while some of the cycling options take you to Phnom Sampeu, Wat Banan or Wat Ek, stopping at villages on route. This is a great way to visit the area's sights while taking in the magnificent local scenery at a leisurely pace.
Butterfly Tours are well organised and get good reviews. They offer afternoon walking tours for $5 per head during high season only, plus a morning bike trip to Phnom Ek for $13 or afternoon option to Sampeu for $11. Both include bike hire, English-speaking guide, snacks, water and hotel transfers, so they are a jolly good deal. Other outfits running similar tours include Battambang Bike and Soksa Bike, who say all proceeds go towards supporting local communities.
For walking tours you can also try Butterfly Tours, which offer heritage tours around town during high season only for $5 per head. Most of these trips are led by local university students, so they have plenty of enthusiasm for showing off their home town to visitors as they practise their English and earn a bit of pocket money. They are not necessarily very professional but certainly you'll have a lot of fun and they are highly informative. Several other operations offer walking tours and again your guesthouse or hotel can point you in the right direction, find guides or a bicycle for you or arrange an organised tour.
An interesting initiative organised by Visit Battambang are 'cyclo' or rickshaw heritage tours of town, which come with taped audio guides. For $13 per person you'll get an English language audio tour plus the rickshaw and driver for 2.5 hours.
Trails Less Travelled offers a range of guided or tailor-made motorbike tours throughout the region to destinations such as Pailin and Banteay Chmar. Call for details.
Battambang Bike Road #2. T: (098) 830 868; (0985) 578 878
Butterfly Tours Road #2. T: (089) 297 070 http://www.butterflytour.asia/
Soksa Bike Kinyei Café, Road 1.5. T: (012) 542 019 http://www.soksabike.com/
Trails Less Travelled T: (012) 870 993
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