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Cambodia: Battambang

Lush green province with a nice town and wonderful temples and landscape

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Bus to Battambang

The journey from Phnom Penh to Battambang was an interesting one.
One of the great services that Phnom Penh bus station has, is that they pick you up from your hostel or hotel, and take you there.
The driver then directs you to the bus.
The journey to Battambang should have taken 5 to 6 hours.
Sadly the air conditioning packed up about 2 hours into the journey, and we had to wait nearly 3 hours and a technician to come (via the next Battambang bus) to fix it.
Luckily we made it to a rest stop, and were able to sit and eat, drink coco-cola.
The bus eventually made it to Battambang town at around 8pm.

Battambang Town

I stayed at Asia hotel in an awesome single room with cable TV, nice bathroom for $12.
Battambang is small, and friendly - and very nice! There are plenty of nice places to eat.
The town seemed light on travellers though.
There are plenty of nice clothes shops, cafes, etc - but so very quiet at night.
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Battambang Province

I hired the services of the hotel's tuk-tuk driver for the day to take me on a tour of Batambang Province.
What an awesome day!
First we went to the Bamboo Train - which is exactly that.
Small motorised vehicles made of a bamboo platform on track wheels, that fly down the tracks for an untold distance.
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We only went about 15 kilometres to the next settlement, where I met a local family and shared tea and stories of our lives. The kids took me on a tour of their area including the rice press, and I also got a lesson in Khmer!
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After the Bamboo train we went up into the mountains to see various temples - all of which are outstanding, but individually tough walks to get to!
One of which sits next to the Killing Cave which was another murder site used by the Khmer Rouge.
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All in all it was a great trip to Battambang province and a marvelous area to explore!
Perhaps it is better that it is off the Banana Pancake trail to keep it's nice sleepy vibe.
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You can see the full set of my Phnom Penh and Battambang photos here:
Phnom Penh and Battambang (public Facebook link)

Posted by SkinnyFists 23:16 Archived in Cambodia Tagged battambang bus_journeys_cambodia Comments (0)

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