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This Cambodian town holds a mix of rural scenery, French colonial villas and ancient temples.
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Two nights hotel accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing as specified, entrance fees, private car transfers and local English-speaking guides.
An introduction to this charming, seductive town, one of Cambodia’s best preserved, with its blend of French colonial villas, rural scenes, ancient temples and casual dining venues.
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The charming colonial centre of Battambang
Traditional Khmer village and town scenes
Atmospheric Banteay Chhmar temple remains
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This morning you will be driven to Battambang. Head towards Phnom Sampeau, one of the few hills standing out in this pancake-flat plain, enjoying fantastic views of paddy fields and sugar palms. See clouds of bats emerge from a nearby cave at sunset.
Spend the morning walking, boating and cycling along the Sangke River as you soak up Battambang daily life. A tour of the main market, Psar Nath includes trying a local coffee. Visit Wat Povil temple and meet the monks. Cycle a short distance to Wat Kor village and visit a historic home. Lunch at Fresh Eats Café is run by a non-profit NGO assisting young Khmer from disadvantaged families. This evening a special performance awaits you at Phare Ponleu Selpak School of Music, Visual and Performing Arts. (B)(L)
Depart Battambang for the drive to Banteay Chhmar, probably the most stunning temple site outside of the Angkor area, with very few visitors. Take a local tractor-style vehicle called a ‘kuyon’ to the Banteay Top temple. Continue to Siem Reap where your journey ends. (B)(L)
NOTE: Phare Ponleu Selpak School only runs on Monday and Thursday evenings. Private performances may be available at a surcharge on other days.
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8 Days / 7 Nights
Discover ancient wonders and immerse yourself in traditional Cambodian culture.
5 Days / 4 Nights
Travel from Kampot to Kep, through the rugged Bokor Hill Station.
3 Days / 2 Nights
Enjoy a couple of days of rest and relaxation on this fantastic trip, an ideal add on to a busy journey.
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