Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia. It’s about 278km to the North-West of capital Phnom Penh. It's a secondary hub on the overland route between Thailand and Vietnam, and if the National Highway No 6 from Poipet to Siem Reap is ever upgraded it'll become an even smaller hub.  This is a pretty city which is on the river bank and remains a lot of ancient French structure. Coming here, visitors will be enjoyed beautiful and dreaming riverside along with Tonlesap – a famous lake of Cambodia. Battambang has already been named by UNESCO as a City of Performing Arts, thanks to more than 100 ancient Khmer, Thai and French colonial buildings and the many ancient pagodas and temples that dot the city and its environs. These are some typical tourist attractions of Battambang: * Phnom Sampeu, a hill with the Killing Caves of the Khmer Rouge, a few others caves adorned with Buddhist statues, and a monastery with two Buddhist Stupas on the hilltop. * Wat Banan,Entry is US$3 - the so-called mini-Angkor wat, an impressive flight of stairs lead up to a dilapidated Angkor-style temple which is still in use as a Buddhist shrine. * Kamping Puoy Lake + Baset Temple...
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Things to see in Battambang

Battambang city

Battambang city

Wat Kor Village

About 2km south of central Battambang, the village of Wat Kor is centred around a temple of the same name. It's a great place to wander, especially late in the afternoon when the opposite (east) bank of the Sangker River is back-lit in amber tones by the sinking sun. Picturesque bridges span the river, the spires of Wat Kor glow bright platinum and Khmer village life is on full display. WatKor is called a cultural village for its number of Charming ancient wooden houses, of which some were constructed in the early 20th century. Explore the Khmer's simplicity in housing the past land the prese...

Wat Banan

Located about 18km from town along a new road Wat Banan is an Angkor era temple which sits on top of a hill close to the Sanker river. It was once thought that Wat Banan with its five towers was a prototype for Angkor Wat although this has now been dismissed by most scholars who date the structure later than Angkor. The steep steps up to the temple are worth the effort as there are stunning 360 degree panoramic views from the top. Banan is seldom frequented by tourists and outside of Cambodian holidays it is likely that you may be the only visitor. At the bottom of the hill are a few food and...

Prasat Phnom Banon Winery

Midway between Battambang and Prasat Banan, in an area known for its production of chilli peppers (harvested from October to January), Cambodia’s only winery grows Shiraz grapes to make reds. It tastes unlike most wine you’ve ever encountered, but is actually quite earthy and complex. Officially recognised by Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry, Mines & Energy, Banon wines belong to that exclusive club of wineries whose vintages improve significantly with the addition of ice cubes. Also made here is Banon brandy, which has a heavenly bouquet and a taste that has been compare...

Phnom Sampov

An important religious site known throughout all Cambodia Phnom Sampov is a striking limestone mountain located on the road to Pailin about 12 km from Battambang. Like Wat Banan there are a series of steps leading up the mountain although an easier route up is on the back of a motorbike via a new road. On the top of the hill is a Wat and many stupas along with various shrines and grottos. During the Khmer Rouge period the mountain was used as a place to kill "enemies" of the regime and in what are known as the "killing caves" there is a memorial to these victims. Also on the mountain are two r...
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