Known to be the second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang exudes a small-town feel. It seems deserted, quiet and quaint. You can visit the city for just a day or a weekend, but if you are in Cambodia, then Battambang is a must especially with the world famous bamboo train ride!
You can travel to Battambang via Siem Reap by car and it will take you around 3 hours. This is well worth the trip although the journey to Battambang is not very eventful. A ride on the Norrie as they call it, is a bamboo flatbed on wheels, and is powered by a small engine.
Navigate the green fields and enjoy the stunning country side and pristine air as they chug their way through 7km of beautiful scenery. These trains were traditionally used by the local people to transport cargo. It will cost you around USD 10 for this mini adventure and you really should not be paying anything more.
You can also stop by Wat Kandal, known to be one of the oldest temples in the city. Known for its beautiful wooden doors and paintings, you can complete the visit in a very short time.
Another popular temple in Battambang is Wat Tahm Rai known as the elephant temple and it’s enroute.
We spent just half a day here so I can’t really recommend a list of restaurants or hotels, but you really must check out the train ride!