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Visit Battambang


Khmer temples and colonial buildings are among the attractions of Cambodia's second city, Battambang, which can be reached via a scenic boat trip from Siem Reap.

The impressive Governor's Palace and colonial villas point to the French era, while a busy art deco market and a number of wats in the town and its environs reveal other influences.

A few kilometres downriver is one of these, Wat Ek, an 11th century sandstone temple, now abandoned and peaceful.

Other temples can be visited at Phnom Sampeu, a serene mountain that belies a brutal recent past - it was a former Khmer Rouge stronghold where mass torture and executions took place in the so-called Killing Caves.

The Bamboo Train

Bumping along on a bamboo train, or nori, has become one of the most popular - and fun - tourist activities in Battambang; it's also a lovely way of seeing the town and the nearby rural villages, which are connected by the 40-kilometre single-track line.

Designed as a cheap and effective way for local people to get around, the ‘trains' comprise a simple bamboo platform on a steel frame, powered by a small engine.

As well as transporting people, the bamboo trains are used to move produce and livestock. There are a couple of small ‘train stations' but elsewhere on the line lighter trains are quickly taken off the track and then reassembled once the line is clear again.


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Maison Wat Kor, Battambang

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