BEYOND ANGKOR: BATTAMBANG AND ITS COUNTRYSIDE

Get immersed in Cambodia’s country charm. Discover majestic temple ruins and mingle in local village life on this active Battambang tour

3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM US$ 475 PER PERSON

Battambang’s surrounding countryside is considered some of the most beautiful in Cambodia. This Battambang tour, in Cambodia’s second-largest city, and its lush environs combines explorations on foot, bicycle and boat for a gently active, immersive experience that will bring you face to face with rural Cambodian life.

You’ll discover the relaxed charm of Battambang, filled with friendly people and beautifully preserved colonial architecture. A visit to the notorious “Killing Caves,” a remnant of the Khmer Rouge’s occupation, will shed light on Cambodia’s tumultuous history. A spectacular sunset will be followed by the rare chance to see the twilight sky filled with thousands of bats as they emerge from the caves of Phnom Sampleau for their nightly hunt.

A walking tour of Battambang’s main market will be followed by a short boat ride to Wat Povil, where you’ll observe monks as they perform their morning chants. A cycling tour through the idyllic countryside will take you to Wat Kor Village, where you’ll get to mingle with locals and learn about their regional crafts. Later in the evening, a special circus performance by the renowned Cambodian art school Phare Ponleu Selpak will leave you with lasting memories.

Another scenic drive through the countryside will lead to the rarely seen Bateay Chhmar, currently under consideration to become a World Heritage Site. You’ll also get the chance to ride a kuyon, a local tractor, to visit Banteay Top for one last archaeological romp before heading to Siem Reap.

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Battambang tour brings you the best of Cambodia’s countryside, from spectacular sunset views and crumbling temple ruins to Battambang’s friendly people and well-preserved colonial buildings.

Panharoth Chhun, Backyard Travel Cambodia Specialist

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

Ride the Bamboo Train, one of the world’s most unique forms of rail travel
Cycle to Wat Kor Village and observe the production of local crafts
Watch an unforgettable circus performance by the non-profit art school, Phare Ponleu Selpak
Explore the rarely seen ruins of Banteay Chhmar, famous for its Bayon-style towers

Daily Itinerary

BEYOND ANGKOR: BATTAMBANG AND ITS COUNTRYSIDE

  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Siem Reap-Battambang

    You’ll begin your Battambang tour with a 3-hour scenic drive through the lush countryside from Siem Reap to Battambang via private car.

    Upon arrival, your guide will assist you with check-in at your hotel.

    This afternoon, you’ll head to picturesque Phnom Sampeau, which translates to “Ship Hill” in Khmer due to its distinctive shape and location on an otherwise flat plain. A temple at the top of the hill will provide sublime views across the surrounding plains of rice paddies and sugar palm trees.

    In stark contrast to the breathtaking scenery, Phnom Sampeau is also home to the grim “killing caves,” a sobering reminder of Cambodia’s troubled past. After taking in a spectacular sunset, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a unique moment as thousands of bats emerge from the caves in unison and fly across the evening sky.

    Your guide will then escort you back to your hotel where the remainder of your evening can be enjoyed at your leisure.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    No meals included on this day

    Cambodia itineray: A village in a rural area of Cambodia near Battambang
  • Day 2: Battambang

    After breakfast this morning, you’ll embark on a tour around Battambang that combines exercise with exploration. Your tour will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Battambang Bike, where you’ll be measured and fitted for a mountain bike or a sturdy basket bicycle.

    First, however, you’ll have the chance to watch a short film that reveals what Battambang and the surrounding area was like in its heyday. Under the occupation of the Khmer Rouge, Battambang was isolated from the outside world until fairly recently. As a result, the city retains some of the best-preserved early 20th-century colonial architecture in Cambodia today.

    Before hopping on your bicycle, a walking tour of Battambang’s main market, Psar Nath, will provide a chance to sip some delicious local coffee. Next, you’ll cross the Sangke River on a local boat to reach Wat Povil. Here, you’ll have the rare opportunity to join monks in prayer, and perhaps even accompany the monks back across the river as they begin their daily morning alms ritual.

    Once you’re back across the river, you’ll begin the cycling portion of your Battambang tour. You’ll visit the historic 2.5 Street, a Thai Buddhist temple, and a small local market. After a quick stop for coffee or sugar cane juice, you’ll continue to nearby Wat Kor Village, which is renowned for its numerous traditional Khmer houses that are roughly 100 years old. You’ll have the chance to go inside one of these fascinating homes.

    To make your way back, cycle along the river and cross a charming suspension bridge. Another pit stop for coffee or juice will fortify you for the ride back into town, completing your journey around 12:45.

    ABOUT BATTAMBANG BIKE
    Battambang Bike is an initiative set up by a Canadian national, known locally as Jam, who is a great lover of cycling and architecture. The social enterprise provides locals with tailored tours on a pay-what-you-can scheme to get Cambodians interested in cycling and their city’s fascinating history and architecture. Alternative tours can be tailored to match specific interests, such as nature or amateur photography. If you’d prefer an alternative tour from the one above, please discuss it with our locally based Travel Specialist.

    Enjoy lunch at Fresh Eats Café, a non-profit restaurant founded by an NGO that helps orphans, street children, and victims of trafficking reintegrate into society.

    After lunch, a private car will take you to visit some of the villages on the outskirts of Battambang. Mingling with locals, you’ll observe the techniques used to make rice paper, prahoc (fish paste, a Cambodian staple), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo) and other regional products.

    Later tonight, a special experience awaits you at Phare Ponleu Selpak, a school of music, visual and performing arts. The non-profit school uses the arts as a mode of education and training to provide job opportunities and creative expression to local underprivileged youth. Graduates of the school make up the cast of the circus performance you’ll see tonight—an unforgettable show that will leave you with lasting memories. (Please note: Circus performances run every Monday and Thursday. Private performances are available on other days for an additional fee).

    Overnight in Battambang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 3: Battambang - Siem Reap

    After breakfast, depart for a 2-hour drive to Banteay Chhmar, a charming temple complex in the northwest of Cambodia that few international visitors see.

    Banteay Chhmar was constructed during the reign of Jayavarman VII (around the same time as Angkor Wat) and is possibly one of the most stunning temples in Cambodia outside of Siem Reap. Your inner archaeologist will marvel at the main temple, which is currently under consideration to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bayon-style towers and lush overgrowth will fill you with wonder as a local guide explains the history and significance of these sites as part of a community tourism project.

    A simple but tasty lunch will be served at the local community center. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the local scenery as you ride a kuyon, a local open-air vehicle that is similar to a tractor. The kuyon will take you part of the way to Banteay Top, a small but striking temple that is famed for its tower that appears ready to crumble at any time.

    You’ll have time to explore this historic temple before beginning the 3-hour drive to Siem Reap, where you can choose to spend the night or catch an evening flight to your next destination.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch

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Tour Details

This Battambang tour can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)



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