Battambang in pictures

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Enjoy this series of photos taken in Cambodia’s beautiful Battambang. Read our story on how to spend a weekend there here.

Welcome to Battambang! From an unusual representation of Vishnu with eight arms, not his more common four.

A city of small streets and grand views, with a busy merchant class based on the province's strong agricultural background.

A city of small streets and grand prospects.

Looking southwest across the city and River Sangke.

Looking west across the city and River Sangke.

Psas Nath - after some genius erected a 'modern' pizza restaurant in front of it. The clocktower is for decorative purposes only.

Psas Nath — after some genius erected a ‘modern’ pizza restaurant in front of it.

Psar Nat, Battambang's the centrally-located market and modernist architectural masterpiece. The face of the (broken) clock reads

Before the developers got hold of it.

The city's architecture is under threat of neglect or development. Things that are

The city’s architectural heritage is under threat of neglect or development.

Battambang's rather lovely train station. Like the clock that doesn't have the time, the station doesn't have any trains, yet. One day...

Like the clock that doesn’t have the time, this is the train station that doesn’t have any trains, yet.

Often described as a ‘mini Angkor Wat’, Wat Banan is still picturesque, despite having most of its most beautiful carvings looted or transferred to Battambang’s museum.

At Phnom Wat Sampoeu, the bat caves disgorge tens of thousands of little winged beasties every evening at about 17:30, making for a spectacular display.

At Phnom Wat Sampoeu, the bat caves disgorge tens of thousands of little winged beasties every evening.

The views from the hill-top pagodas are never less than lovely.

The views from the hill-top pagodas are never less than lovely. At Phnom Wat Sampeou.

Sightseeing is hungry work. Luckily, there are now plenty of food choices in town, including the local food markets.

Sightseeing is hungry work. Luckily, there are now plenty of choices in town, including the local food stalls.

This photo is terrible. The tasting plate was so good that we went into a kind of madness, and we don't even have a sugar tooth. We can't apologise for it. At Choco l'Art Cafe.

This photo is terrible. The tasting plate was so good that we went into a kind of madness. At Choco l’Art Cafe.

The Battambang riverside in the early evening is a gorgeous family get-together.

Families gather at the Battambang riverside in the early evening.

These are there to improve blood circulation and your health. Give it a try.

These are there to improve blood circulation and your health. Give it a try.

Shopping to be done too. Some of the delights on offer at Bric-a-Brac.

There’s shopping to be done too. Some of the delights on offer at Bric-a-Brac.

Or for more pedestrian fare.

Or for more pedestrian fare.

There are plenty of bars in town too; everything is thirsty work when it's hot and dusty.

There are plenty of bars in town too; everything is thirsty work when it’s hot and dusty. At Bric-a-Brac.

Last updated: 15th July, 2015

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