Top 7 Must See List: Battambang

Cambodia is quite a small country, but it never runs out of things for guests to do. While most people flock to Siem Reap to see the temples, some people visit the capital city of Phnom Penh and enjoy all of its memorable points. Others, however, visit Battambang, where time seems to stand still.

The beauty of Battambang is sometimes lost on travelers as it often does not get as much attention as Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, or even Sihanoukville. Perhaps it is because not many people know what they can do in Battambang.

Below are the top 10 must see Battambang places that may help make each visit more memorable.

Top 7 Must See: Battambang

For travelers who have come to visit the city, below is the Top 10 Must See Battambang places one must not miss!

1. Battambang Bat Caves

One of the breathtaking sights to see in Cambodia happens in Battambang. At dusk, Battambang’s bats coming from Sampov Mountain come out like clockwork.  With the backdrop of the tranquil mountains adding a dose of magic, plus the sunset, the Battambang bat caves are definitely a must see during any visit.

Read more about the Battambang bat caves here!

2. Ta Dumbong Statue

Upon arrival to Battambang, the Ta Dumbong Statue is easily spotted, and is hard to miss. The massive statue is located at the roundabout situated at the easter end of the city.

According to legend, a simple cowherd was able to seize the throne to the kingdom by using a magical stick. Incidentally, the name of the cowherd was Battambang.

Ta Dumbong is revered as the symbol of the city, and its savior as well. Tip: Apart from simply posing in front of the statue for pictures, you could also give some offerings of fruits and light incense sticks if you wish. 

3. Mrs. Bun Roeung’s Ancient House

This house is one of the best places in Battambang to learn about Khmer heritage. For this particular place, guests can also stay at this ancient house, but a heads up is important. As the name implies, the structure, architecture, and even the furniture of the house boasts of having an interesting history, so time to explore is needed.

This house is one of the very few houses that went through and survived the Khmer Rouge civil war. Tip: Aside from staying at the house, guests can also just take a tour for free.

4. Phare Ponleu Selpak (circus performances)

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One of the unique offerings in Battambang is the Share Ponleu Selpak. This is a great activity for kids to enjoy, and if you are a local, you might want to bring your kids to enjoy a bit of their own culture.

One of the unique things about Cambodia’s circus is that the performances are rare. As a result, it is a must-see for kids.

5. Damrey Sor Pagoda

The Domrey For Pagoda or the White Elephant Pagoda is one of the point of interests in Battambang. This pagoda is located at the heart of the city, so it really is hard to miss. One of the things about this pagoda is its amazing architecture, and kids love it as the statues are interesting to see.

6.  Wat Ek Phnom

Wat Ek Phnom in Battambang

A must-visit temple in Battambang is the Wat Ek Phnom. It is only at this temple where visitors can enjoy a mix of the ancient and modern. It is located in the outskirts of the city, and was constructed by the King Suryavarman I. Tip: Visit Wat Ek Phnom during special days to see festivities.

Read more about Wat Ek Phnom here!

7. Bamboo Train

Cambodian bamboo train in Battambang

The bamboo train in Battambang is a definite must try for visitors. This is not your ordinary train experience, and it has been around for several years. Although, recently it has made some changes and was even relocated.

Read more about the Battambang bamboo train here!

Apart from the things to see in Battambang, the city is also known for being a great place for foodies to explore. Make sure to check out signature dishes such as MiKaTang and MiKoLa while visiting. If you have time, you may want to check out The Book Cafe, an organization that helps with Cambodian literacy as well.

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