Getting to Battambang, Cambodia’s Charming River City

Getting to Battambang Cambodia is now easier with the newly paved Highway 5, which connects this city on the river to the capital of Cambodia -Phnom Penh. 

At the moment, traveling over land is the only way to reach Battambang. This can be done by bus, van, taxi, or car. 

The journey from Battambang to Phnom Penh can take 5 to 7 hours. As with any bus or van, the more expensive tickets will get you a seat with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and softer seating.

If you are looking for a way to get from Phnom Penh to Battambang  there are a couple of choices. There are several places that offer buses and vans to Battambang, and they have various departure times.

Transport Tip:

It may get confusing for first-time visitors where to get tickets to Battambang especially if they  don’t have time to research. So you may want to book your transport online and in advance. 

Getting to Battambang  City Center 

Please take note that big buses are not allowed to enter downtown Battambang. Instead, they drop off at a bus station west of the city center. 

Don’t worry as you should be able to find transportation from the bus station to the city center. Most of passengers take the  tuk-tuk, a three-wheel local transport. Remember to agree on the fare with the driver before getting in. 

If you are taking a van to Battambang, the van will be able to take you straight into the center. Thero Express may be a good choice if you are looking for a van operator.

What to See and Do  in Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang has a variety of attractions for the adventurous tourist!

Located in northwestern Cambodia, Battambang has quaint riverside cafés and interesting buildings. The city has a hometown feel to it. Still laid back and relatively calm, it’s the perfect getaway for someone looking to escape big city life.

One of the most interesting places of Battambang is the Wat Kor village. Houses fashioned from rare wood, with gardens full of luscious exotic plants will take your breath away. 

Tours are offered at the Mrs. Bun Roeung’s Ancient House and Khor Sang House. The houses are decorated with family photos, and timeworn furniture. 

Walking and bicycle tours are another popular attraction in Battambang. Peek into the production of rice paper, or silk weaving. Pheam Ek is a village known for making rice paper for spring rolls. You’ll see rice paste steaming, and then being dried on a bamboo frame. Of course, it is always possible to purchase a souvenir while you are there.

Battambang also has a number of temples. A popular temple in the city’s center is Wat Tahm-rai-saw (White Elephant Pagoda). As the name suggests, the temple is known for its impressive white elephant statue that stands erect at its facade. 

Battambang holds a huge festival during the Khmer New Year . It’s a fun time to visit, though anytime you are able to visit Battamband will be an experience worth remembering.

If you are looking to take back cooking methods from Battambang, take a cooking class from Smokin’ Pot, a restaurant that offers a three-hour cooking course. Begin the trip with a visit to the local market, and finish with your own homemade lunch. 

Getting Around Battambang Cambodia

The best way to get around Battambang may be either on foot, by bicycle, or tuk-tuks. All these methods are very affordable and make it easy to navigate through crowds. 

Costs are usually within $1-$2 for a bike or a tuk-tuk. 

There you have it – solid tips on how to get Battambang from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Getting to Battambang is definitely made easy and convenient due to the available land transport options. And as you are discovering, Battambang makes an intriguing Cambodian destination. So what are you waiting for?

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