Aerial View of Phonm Sampeau mountains in Battambang, Cambodia


A thriving creative centre of performing arts

Nestled on the banks of the Sangker River, southwest of Tonle Sap Lake, Battambang is a laid-back provincial town with an impressive number of traditional Khmer, Chinese, and French colonial buildings.

More notably, Battambang earned the status as a UNESCO City of Performing Arts, known for producing some of Cambodia’s most talented artists and performers. It is also home to the Phare Ponleu Selpak, a performance and art school for disadvantaged youths.


  • Enjoys a quiet, laid-back vibe with beautifully preserved French colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, and Khmer architecture
  • Quaint riverside town filled with creative and performing arts and is home to the performance and arts school of Phare Ponleu Selpak
Within Easy Reach Of...
Siem Reap 4hr drive
Phnom Penh 5hr 15min drive
Travel Tips
  • Watch the entertaining Phare Circus performed by home-grown talent
  • Take a stroll through the charming town to admire its architecture and visit some of its Angkorian-period temples including Wat Phnom and Wat Baset
  • Try locally-made wine at the Battambang Winery, Cambodia’s first and only winery

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