BATTAMBANG OLD CITY
Battambang is the capital of Battambang province in northwest Cambodia. Founded in the 11th century by Khmer Empire, Battambang is the province’s leading rice-producing province. For nearly 100 years it was a major commercial hub and provincial capital of Siamese province of Inner Cambodia (1795-1907). The city is situated on the Sangkae River, a tranquil, small body of water that winds its way quite picturesque through Battambang Province. As with much of Cambodia, French colonial architecture is a notable aspect of the city, with some of the best-preserved examples in the country.
Battambang province has many tourist side such as:
Kamping Puoy Lake
Located between two mountains, named Phnom Kul or Phnom Ta Nget and Phnom Kamping Puoy, at Ta Nget village, Ta Kriem commune is 35 km (22 mi) from the provincial town. Kamping Puoy lake is 1,900 meters (6,230 ft) wide, 19 km (12 mi) long and can accommodate 110,000,000 cubic meters (3,8846 × 109 cu ft). It is famous for its large lotus flowers whose fiber is spun and weaved to make a new organic fabric. These activities employ more than 20 underprivileged women around the lake.
Baset Temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman I (1002-1050) and located on a hill at Baset village, Ta Pun commune 15 kilometers (9 mi) from the provincial town. Baset Temple adapts to the architecture of 11th century and built in 1036 and 1042. Next to the temple there is a pond 20 meters (12 feet) long and 12 feet (39 ft) wide and 10 meters (33 ft) deep. The pond never dries even in the dry season.
Wat Ek Phnom
Adapts the architecture of the 11th century and was built in 1027 during the reign of King Suryavarman I (1002-1050). It is located 14 km (9 mi) from the provincial town of Piem Ek.
Adapts the architecture of the mid-11th century and the end of the 12th century; The temple was first built by King Dharanindravarman II (1050-1066) and was completed in its final form by King Jayavarman VII (1181- 1220). The temple is located on the top of a hill approximately 400 meters high (1,310 ft) located at Koh Tey 2 commune, Banan District.
Characterized by three separate stupas made of brick, located on a hill 30 meters (98 ft) wide and 20 meters (66 ft) wide, in the area of Snung pagoda, Snung commune, Banan district 22 kilometers (14 mi) from the provincial town. According to the style at the gate, the temple is similar to other temples in 12th century. Behind the temple, there is another new temple being built.
Is a natural resort situated along the National Road No 57 at Sam Puoy and 12 km (7 mi) from the provincial town of Battambang. On the top of Sam Puoy mountain, there is a temple and three natural wells, namely Pkar Slar, Lo Khon and Ak Sopheak. Next to Sam Puoy mountain, there are some mountains and natural sites like Phnom Trung Moan, Phnom Tea and Phnom Neang Rum Say Sork.
Sek Sak Resort
Sek Sak located Treng commune, Rotanak Mondul district 50 kilometers (31 mi) from the provincial town of Battambang along National Road No. 57, the former National Road No.10.
Nory (Bamboo Train)
Is overseen by the tourist police and runs from just outside the city to a village that has a brick factory. See Norry for more information.
Battambang Circus (Phare Ponleu Selpak)
The shows include a range of circus disciplines including acrobatics, juggling, aerial work, clowning, tightrope walking and aqua-balance. The shows are put on by students from the NGO arts school, Phare Ponleu Selpak, which helps disadvantaged children and young people escape situations related to poverty such as begging or trafficking and education, both in public school and in arts.
Is the main means of reaching the city is via buses from Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. A daily boat connection between Battambang and Siem Reap via the Sangkae River. Since the buses are faster and cheaper, the scenic trip is nowadays used mainly by tourists and some locals who live along the river.
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