"Finding the Balance in Battambang" Top 5 Page for this destination Battambang by richiecdisc

Battambang Travel Guide: 291 reviews and 951 photos

All major travel destinations have their namesake attractions. They couldn’t pack in the tourists if they didn’t. But often times it is the lesser known places that separate the more exotic locations from their more mainstream counterparts. These quiet backwaters resist the change that inevitably comes with the hordes of tourists and offer a glimpse into the country that initially drew the intrepid traveler there in the first place. Cambodia has grown heaps and bounds with the world’s discovery of World Heritage Site Angkor Wat. It is justifiably one of the great attractions in all of Southeast Asia, joining the world ranks of iconic sights such as the Pyramids, Great Wall of China, and Machu Picchu. Within the region, it is fast becoming the Eiffel Tower of the East. With this recognition however comes the danger of Cambodia losing some of its authenticity, but luckily this has had little effect away from the eye of the storm that surrounds the Khmer Kingdom ruins. A case in point is Battambang. This relic ode to French Colonialism offers not only one of the best preserved examples of that era, but also the small town feel you expect to encounter in Cambodia as a rule.The true bonus however is the village life that is a mere stone’s throw away, be it by motorcycle, jeep or boat. The combined effect makes Battambang well worth the slight detour it requires to visit. You have come halfway around the world to see Angkor Wat. Take the few extra steps to see Cambodia while you’re there.

  • Last visit to Battambang: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Feb 27, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    Very interesting location. The rice fish porridge I haven't tasted yet, will be interesting to try, I know exactly what you mean finding the right restaurant & no need to look for another :) PS: Now that you moved to Europe we call it Fußball here ;-)

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    Feb 28, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Good writing, seems the boat trip can be a highlight when visitng Cambodia.

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    Jun 12, 2008 at 4:42 AM

    Nice page. Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself there.

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:59 AM

    so you appreciated ollantaytambo as we appreciated battambang as well!

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    Dec 18, 2006 at 11:24 PM

    I was in Battambang in July 2006 and we ate at the White Rose every day - their food is unfailingly excellent. Their coffee is fabulous ! In my opinion its the best restaurant in Cambodia.

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    May 5, 2006 at 8:30 AM

    too bad that i missed the fruit shake stalls in battambang... my nightlife consisted only of a million fireworks for chinese new year! i couldn't sleep at all!!!

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    Jan 7, 2006 at 11:47 AM

    A lot of great suggestions and invaluable advices. Haha, a very friendly tip on feeding 4 kids, one of the reason I am a bit afraid to travel there, how many could I feed? haha.

  • thedouglas's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2006 at 9:47 PM

    Great advice as always - well written and always balanced. Going to try out the Royal - take your word for it.

  • MissyWQ's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2005 at 8:44 AM

    Your pages are very interesting. You are truly a "Globe Trotter."

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    Oct 26, 2005 at 12:36 PM

    The picture of the kitty on your home page drew me to read further. Great story about you & the kids. If I'm ever there, I'll have to remember the White Rose!


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