Battambang - where village meets city

Not everyone puts Battambang on their travelling list as it doesn’t have any famous attractions like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville, but there are many other attractions Cambodia’s second largest city has to offer that will impress and entertain any traveller.

The city is divided into two halves by the Sanker River.



Psar Nat is located on the west where most of the restaurants and accommodations are. It is the assembly market and the centre of Battambang with the old town. On the east side, there are a lot more residential areas with a slow rise in accommodation. One of the glorious things about Battambang, however, is that there is no divide between the residents and tourists. It is a complete compilation of many cultures, smiles and hospitality.


Like the other cities, Battambang has a rich but tragic history because of the Khmer Rouge. It was founded in the 11th century and was later (in the 18th and 19th century) controlled by the Siamese. During the French colonial era, the city went back to the control of Cambodia.

Unfortunately, during the Khmer Rouge, Battambang was completely empty as the residents were forced to joi