battambang | cambodia's hidden gem
Updated: Aug 18, 2020
Battambang is still considered quite off the beaten track compared to cities like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, despite being a large city! With a shit tonne of history and stunning countryside and unique experiences, Battambang is worth adding to your list.
THE CITY ITSELF
Whilst I didn't take many photos within the city, Battambang has so much to see and do it's unbelievable. From boutique stores to cheesecake cafes, there's everything you could want in a city.
I wasn't in Battambang for long, only two days, but there are a lot of temples to see! One of my favourites was Wat Banan - a gorgeous temple complex at the top of a hill requiring nearly 400 steps to get to! Steep but worth the effort. Another plus is that there aren't huge crowds to deal with!
THE BAMBOO TRAIN
At $5 a return ticket, the bamboo train was one of my favourite things I did in Asia. Remarkably simple, but providing incredible views and a super fun experience, riding the bamboo train gave me such childlike joy and I highly recommend!
THE KILLING CAVES
If you've researched Cambodia at all you'll know a little about the horrific, and very recent, history of the country. Almost everywhere in Cambodia was affected, and Battambang has its share of history. The killing caves got their name from the number of prisoners that were executed here in horrific fashions.
Whilst being horrific to see and learn about, it's something that you need to do so that you can appreciate everything Cambodia's people went through. There are some stunning views too that you can sit and reflect at.
THE BAT CAVES
If you can stomach all the Batman jokes that the locals and tourists alike will make, the bat caves provide possibly the most incredible experience ever. At around sunset, millions upon millions of bats fly out of the caves in a sequence that lasts around half an hour.
It's probably one of the most unique things, and one of my favourite, that I did in Asia.