Things to see and do
The norries may soon be a thing of the past, so catch a ride while you can! Local authorities in the past have said they'll be closed permanently by the end of the 2010, but that deadline has been and gone. Known locally as a norrie (or nori or nory), this unusual form of transport is a train made ... read more
Cambodia's first and only winery, the Chan Thai Choeung (or Banan) Winery, is located 14 km outside of town on the banks of the Sangkar River and is open for visits and tasting. Putting it politely, the wine is not exactly to Western tastes, but it does make for a somewhat unusual attraction and ... read more
En route to Ek Phnom you'll pass a group of houses dedicated to making the rice paper used in wrapping spring rolls, with the workers quite happy for you to stop and take a look. What's interesting is the steam-driven mechanics of the process. The steam is created by the heat from rice chaff and ... read more
Tours have become popular of late in Battambang and several outfits now offer walking, cycling or even rickshaw tours of Battambang. 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, ... read more
Can't get enough of Cambodia's ancient relics? Battambang museum offers an excellent display of sculptures and sandstone carvings, mostly items that have been removed from Cambodia's various temples. The pieces seem to be arranged in no particular order with little regard to age or temple origin. ... read more
Several wats lie on the far bank of the river, but to the casual visitor they are probably just of passing interest. Wat Kandal The most interesting is Wat Kandal, just to the north of the iron bridge. It has an unusual arched entranceway and out the back in the far corner is a model of Angkor ... read more
Wat Ek Phnom dates back to the 11th century and is one of the most-visited attractions around Battambang. If you've already seen Angkor you'll probably find it a bit disappointing, but if you haven't been there yet, it's a fine taster. Wat Ek, often called Ek Phnom, is definitely Battambang's best ... read more
Phnom Banan is some 22 kilometres to the north of town, but worth a visit if you've time to spare. Banan is also originally 11th century, though saw a Buddhist makeover during the 12th century and reign of Jayarvarman VII. The temple is constructed on top of a hill overlooking the Sangkar River ... read more
This hilltop temple on the road to Pailin is one of the main locations of Battambang's killing fields, with a large cave where victims were thrown either after being bludgeoned or having their throats cut, or simply to their death. Children, some of whom speak very good English, hang around the ... read more
A final temple you'll see in Battambang guides is Prasart Steung in Snoeung village, and a great little temple it is too though it's some way out of town on the Pailin road. A visit here could be combined with Phnom Sampeu, with Snoueng being the next village down the road. If road conditions are ... read more
The best known of Battambang's cooking schools (and the original) – indeed owner Vannak claims to have started the first cooking courses in Cambodia! -- is Smokin' Pot. This old standby restaurant claims to offer the longest running cooking class in Cambodia -- going strong for more than 12 ... read more
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