Start the Journey
Krong Battambang is a small town located at Sangkae River. It has so many colonized buildings left over the city and it looks beautiful. It only takes around four hours from Siem Reap province. It has so many good boutique hotels and villas but in the middle of town are more likely with hotels. I had been looking but all are fully booked, so I decided to have a hotel right in town near Phsar Nat, the most well known as a Battambang’s landmarks. The town is so quiet after 8 o’clock in the evening, pretty much cleans if compare to the other town in Cambodia.
Go for It
Taking a bus from Siem Reap at mid-afternoon and arrived at around 5 o’clock in the evening. I walked straight away to the hotel for checking-in and just can’t wait for dinner. It was recommended to go to Coconut Lyly restaurant. They serve with local Cambodian cousins or make your own meal with their cooking class. Opening hour is 9 am – 10 pm but the kitchen will close at 9 pm.
Only some bars and restaurants at the riverfront still stay alive so after dinner, I wandered a bit at the riverside next to Phsar Nat, a quick drink then headed back to the hotel room for an early night. In the early morning, I got a full day tuk-tuk tour from the outside of the hotel. First, visited the oldest house in Battambang province, located in Wat Kor village. Right outside one of a local house about 5 minutes drive from the old house I just left, a lady selling grilled rats, a very popular snack for locals especially a snack when they having a beer.
Have you ever try?
Just about 30 seconds stopped for a picture of Grilled Rats, the driver asked if I would like to see the village of Muslim, I’ve got the whole day to go “so why not”. The village is pretty much small but beautiful with so many tiny houses settle down on the river bank. I got to see the life of the villagers, a friendly goat walking around in the village, even come to say hello to me.
A quick stop at the local market which located outside of Pagoda in Khum Ou Dombang Mouy. What interesting there? It wasn’t just about the local! take a look on the tree, you’ll see what’s on. It’s filled with mammal bats (Chiroptera) bigger than a normal bat.
One of the most recognizable activities in Battambang is riding a Bamboo train (Nory). A bamboo platform is placed on the two axles and propelled with an engine. Being on the Bamboo train can actually see the amazing villages hidden beside bushes along the train railway. It’s incredibly funning make it more become so popular and famous for the world.
The 358 steps to climb on to the top of the mountain to see the five towers remaining at this temple. It’s very common here, children will come along with you to offer something but they definitely want something back. Even the weather was a bit hot but people still come and go, up and down the mountain for the whole day. I would not recommend visiting during the mid-day. There are so many restaurants at the entrance, which you could have your lovely lunch break. I ended up one of the restaurants next to the lake, got a cold coconut before my lunch was served.
Phnom Sampov is located along the national road 57, about 12 kilometers from the town. I was too early to be at the mountain. If you only go for the bat cave, better come later before the sun goes down. I was there at two pm in the afternoon, absolutely empty at the mountain and the cave so decided to hike to the top
Another well-known about Battambang is the Bat Cave in Phnom Sampov. It is the spectacle excitement of visitors sitting and waits for millions of bats flying out, up to the sky from their house every sun goes down. I picked the best spot just right in front of the opened’s cave. It was since nobody and I had lots of drinks, just around 5:30 pm, it was fulled of tourists and local visitors.
One hour later, bats still coming-out of the cave and I don’t really know when it’s going to end but between 30-45 minutes watching you just gonna walked out and said WOW ” that was extraordinary spectacular”
Take Advantage of the Last Day
I got the whole morning in Battambang before I get on the bus at 2 o’clock. Wandered around at the riverside a bit then I started to bargain the tuk-tuk to visit Ek Phnom temples. On the way, I had two stops, where the spring roll wrappers are made and the banana crisps.
Wat Ek Phnom
The temple is located on the left bank of Sangkat River, around 13 kilometers from the town. Most parts of the temple are collapsed but looted. It looks more impressive then Banan temple with its beautiful carved. The site wasn’t busy at all, just only a couple of tourists and a few other locals.
Headed back to town, the tuk-tuk driver dropped me at one of his favorite cafe, which is also part of the NGO, named Kinyei Cafe. I got a very tasty lunch and drink before the bus leaving Battambang. I do love my weekend holiday in Battambang province. I am so pleased that I could do so many activities in a couple of days.
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