The City Centre : Battambang has conserved its original
patrimonial architecture, dating back from the French protectorate
period - administrative buildings, the governors palace dating
back from 1905, the house of courts, the schools… and also the
whole centre of the town such as the shopping arcades, many
of them still in very good condition as well as some villas.
Several pagodas in the town such as Vat Damrey Sor, Vat
Piphit, Vat Kandal - next to the Villa - , Vat Sangket, Vat
Po Veal (museum) …
The Provincial Museum of Battambang created in 1968,
displays a range of patrimonial Khmer culture of great value:
stone sculptures from the pre-Angkor and Angkor period, wood
sculptures from the Khmer Middle Ages, bronze statues, ceramics
from the Angkor and post Angkor period and other objects in
trips from Battambang to Siam Reap : One-day cruise to discover
the daily lives of people living on the banks of the Sangker
river then head to lake Tonle Sap..
Several NGO's have been doing a remarkable job in the region,
such as in Phare Ponleu Selpak where an art and circus school
has been established and performances are regularly featured
during the dry season.
VAT Banon: Temple dating from X and XI century that we can
discover only after having climbed the 350 steps that lead to
the temple. Little cave to explore on the other side of the
Vat Ek Phnom: The road that leads to the temple goes
through several beautiful villages and traditional homes where
we can also view the production of rice cakes and other artesian
activities. The temple dates from the X century..
Phnom Sampeou: You must schedule at least two hours to
visit the site; there are about 600 steps to climb in order
to reach the top. It is a religious site with smaller shrines
encrusted in the caves at the top of the hill.
The vines of Phnom Banon: On the road heading to the
temple of Wat Banon, a courageous family here cultivates a vine
plantation that they recently planted. They produce several
thousand bottles of wines per year.
The bamboo train to regain your child spirit: On the
rail track mainly used by the train from Phnom Penh - Sisophon,
private individuals have built a motorized platform to transport
merchandise and passengers. They also propose trips for several
km's for tourists. Definitely a great buzz..
Equally the NGO Pte Tuk Dong has created a centre for artesian work
and provides accommodation for certain unfortunate families.