Visit Battambang, be the time to discover the city without further delay.
Battambang is nearly 250,000 inhabitants. Located along the Sangker River, it is the second largest city after Phnom Penh. Battambang gives us a new look at Cambodia.
The Statue of Dambang Kranhoug
In front of the statue many Cambodians light incense and make their prayers, this statue carries the identity of the city. For a visit to Battambang, you can not miss this statue.
Battambang means “lose the stick” in Khmer. According to the legend of Preah Bat Dambang, at the death of King Sankhacakr, his son Preah Cakrabatradhiraj Parampabitr ordered that they cut wood to build a pavilion for the cremation of his father. One of the lumberjacks, who worked in the forest, wanted to cook rice but had no spoon. He picked up a branch of Rokar as an utensil and when he mixed his rice, it turned black. As he was hungry he decided to eat it and as soon as his meal was over he felt overwhelmed with great power. He was able to break a branch of Cheutal and then cut the trunk of a Kranhoung, a tree whose wood is known to be hard as iron. From this trunk, he made himself a weapon, which earned him the nickname Dambang Kranhoung (The Kranhoung Staff). In front of such a power, many people lent him allegiance. He therefore formed an army to seize the throne. Hearing this, the king did not lose a second and sent his best warriors to fight him. Unfortunately, Dambang Kranhoung, using his staff, easily got rid of them. The king, desperate, fell ill and died at the age of 49 and the old woodcutter, with the help of his troops, took possession of the throne and reigned over the whole territory under the royal name of Gottam Amar Devaraj .
Bamboo Train ride
The bamboo train or Norry is an original form of local rail transport used in the Battambang region of western Cambodia. This is a kind of motorized draisine consisting of a bamboo platform.
The first models appeared in the early 1970s: they allowed the staff responsible for maintaining the railways to move. They had no engines and their users propelled them using long bamboo poles. In the 1980s, they served to bring Vietnamese soldiers and their allies to the front.
It was at this point that the villagers, to make up for the poor state of the road network, began to assemble their first Norry with parts recovered from tanks abandoned by the belligerents.
The specialty of the village of Pheam Ek is making rice paper for spring rolls. All along the road, in family workshops, we’re going to see you on a bamboo frame for drying in the sun. The coconuts grown in this area are said to be especially sweet, too. The village is about 6km north of Battambang on the main road to Wat Ek Phnom.
Wat Ek Phnom
It is an Angkorian temple located on the left bank of the Sangkae River near Peam Aek, about 13 km north of the town of Battambang in northwestern Cambodia. It is a Hindu temple built in the 11th century during the reign of King Suryavarman. Although partially collapsed and looted it is famous for its well carved lintels and pediments.
Other activities to do in Battambang
If you feel like doing something else to visit Battambang here are: Shiva Statue, Killing Caves, Circus Lighthouse Ponleu Selphak, Mussé de Battambang, Arts District, …