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Battambang (Cambodia)

Introduction

Nestling on the banks of the Sangker River, Battambang is one of Cambodia's best-preserved colonial towns. Its streets, lined with majestic old houses, are home to a vibrant cultural scene, from art galleries to committed businesses - from fair-trade cafés to tourist agencies offering bicycle tours. A city of undeniable charm.

Adopt a slow pace as you respond to the smiles and begin your tour...

Phsar Nath, the central market

Particularly lively in the mornings and evenings, this is the beating heart of the city, with colorful stalls selling fruit, spices and local handicrafts.
Good to know: Opening hours: 6 a.m.-late

Romcheik 5 Artspace

Formerly a modest studio, Romcheik 5 Artspace established itself in 2015 as a veritable gallery of contemporary Cambodian art. The space features a permanent collection of works by its four founders, all survivors of a difficult youth marked by exile and forced labor. Their striking creations, combining paintings, sculptures and installations, bear witness to their singular backgrounds and remarkable artistic talent.

The Governor's House

A magnificent colonial building, this former residence of French governors offers a glimpse of the luxury of the period (early 1900s): it houses a collection of antique furniture, old photographs and traditional costumes.
Good to know: Entrance is through a small gate on Rue 139, on the south side of the extensive gardens.

Wat Kor village

Just 2 km south of the city center, the village of Wat Kor is built around the eponymous pagoda. It's a charming place to explore, where picturesque bridges span the river, and the slender spires of Wat Kor gleam with a platinum glow.
Here, traditional Khmer life is celebrated in all its splendor.

Ponleu Selpak lighthouse

The internationally renowned Battambang circus acts as an art school, offering young Cambodians a wide range of artistic training. Their dazzling shows brilliantly combine acrobatics, juggling, music and dance, with an infectious energy. A veritable star attraction in the city, this circus enables children and adults alike to develop their creativity and pursue careers in the performing arts.
More info & prices at: www.phareps.org
 
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