Battambang is the largest provincial city of Cambodia, second only to the capital, Phnom Pehn. With close to 140,000 inhabitants, it still retains an air of "provincial town", with its calm way of life and many heritage buildings. A sizeble part of the inner city area is classified as a "Heritage Protection Area". There are big stretches of delightful French colonial buildings and villas which give to Battambang an unmistakable and unique character, different from all other Cambodian cities. Battambang has cenic traditional Khmer wooden houses along the Sangker River, an interesting museum, an old fort, numerous Buddhist temples, and among other tourist attractions, an open-air market that makes from shopping a most pleasant experience, by the variety of goods traded as well as by the more than reasonable prices.
Barset Temple was built during the reign of King Sorya Varman I (1002-1050) and is located on a hill near Barset village, 15 kilometers from the provincial town of Battambang. The temple was built from1036 to 1042. Next to the temple there is an artificial pond 20 meter in length 12 meter in width and 10 meter deep. The pond is never dry throughout the dry season, never overflowing during the rainy season.
Wat Ek Phnom Temple:
The Wat Ek PhnomTemple was in 1027 during the reign of King Sorya Varman I (1002-1050). It is located at Piem Ek commune,14 kilometers from the provincial town of Battambang.
The Banan Temple is the best example of 11th and 12th centuries Khmer architectures. Its construction was started by King, Ut Tak Yea Tit Tya Varman II (1050-1066), and finalized by the king, Jarvarman VII (1181-1219). The temple is located on the top of a 400 meters high mountain, that is surrounded by a moat. It is located in Ba Nan District, 15 kilometers from Battambang.
Prasat Sneng (Sneng Temple):
The Prasat Snung is a complex of a temple with three stupas dating from the Khmer era that stand together with an active Buddhist temple built in the 1950s. the three brick stupas stand on a base measuring 30 meters long by 20 meters wide. There are beautiful carved lintels to be seen.it is located in Banan District, 22 kilometers from Battambang. According to the style at the gate, the temple is similar to other temples of the 12th century.
Sam Pouv Mountain (Ship Mountain)
It is a natural resort located along the National Road No. 57 (the former National Road No.10). The mountain is more than 100 meters high, and has an active Buddhist temple, with breath taking surrounding views. On the top of the mountain there are also three natural wells. The mountain is located 12 kilometers from Battambang.
Boeng Kam Pinh Puoy Resort
Located between two mountains, at Ta Nget village, the Boeng Kam Pinh Puoy Resort is 35 kilometers from Battambang.The resort has a man-made big lake for swimming and boating.
Sek Sak Resort
Sek Sak Resort is a natural resort that has been popular since the 1960s. The resort stretches along the river bank, where tall trees and bamboo-green bushes add to the beauty of the place.Close to Sek Sak resort there are several touristic sites worth to visit. Sek Sak Resort is located 50 kilometers from Battambang along the National Road No. 57.
The bamboo train is a unique and creative form of ad-hoc local transportation. It consists of a small (perhaps 2.5m x 4m), motorcycle engine-powered bamboo cart that rides on railroad rails, picking up and dropping off passengers, cargo, animals, motorcycles along the way. When it is bound to meet an on-coming train or bamboo train, it can be disassembled and taken off the rails in a minute or two, allowing the other to pass. When touring the countryside ask your driver to take you to a rail crossing where you can meet a bamboo train to take a ride.
The Battambang Provincial Museum on the riverfront road in the center of the town houses a large collection of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts - statues, carvings, parts of ancient temples, pottery, etc, and it is well worth a visit. Opening hours seem rather irregular; it is more likely to be open in the mornings than in the afternoons. If it is closed but a guard is present, the tourist should tell him of his/her interest in the Museum and the guard may open it for a private visit. Otherwise, it is most likely that the Museum will be open the following morning.