Battambang Encounter

Additional Info

  • Country: Cambodia
  • Holiday Style: Classic
  • Durations: 4 days
  • Destination: Battambang
  • Tour Code: BE-4D

A 4-day loop from Siem Reap by boat on Tonle Sap Lake, passing enthralling floating villages to charming Battambang. Discover Angkorian temples, hilltop pagodas, farming villages and enjoy a ride on the bamboo train. Travel to the vast Banteay Chhmar temple, visit a community tourism project and stay with a local family.

Experiencing a holiday in Cambodia and you will discover the allure of an unspoilt and little explored country which for many travelers with a sense of adventure is irresistible. Witness the Khmer way of living firsthand while staying overnight at a local home-stay.

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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cruise from Siem Reap to Battambang

    Your Battambang Encounter begins with what is possibly the most fascinating journey in Cambodia, a cruise across the Tonle Sap Lake (South East Asia's largest lake) and along the beautiful winding Sangker River. This journey takes 6 up to 10+ hours (depending on season) and the range of sights experienced is incredible. Throughout the journey you pass through intriguing floating villages and are surrounded by timeless scenes. As you enter the Sangker River you pass the protected wetland of Prek Toal, which is home to over 120 species of water and forest birds, some endangered. After a delightful journey you arrive in the laidback and charming 'city' of Battambang, famed for its fading French colonial architecture, where you follow the banks of the Sangker River to the ancient remains of Wat Ek Phnom. Back in Battambang you will be taken to a local restaurant for dinner.

    Meals included: L, D
  • Day 2: Battambang temples, traditional village life & bamboo train

    This morning you visit the striking hilltop pagoda of Phnom Sampeau. This massive limestone outcrop is dissected by a number of caves whereby some contain unexpected reminders of Cambodia's history. After lunch you will drive to the village of Ksach Puoy on the banks of the Sangker River. As well as being home to many well preserved traditional Khmer wooden stilted homes, this area grows a variety of tropical fruits as well as vegetables along the fertile river banks. Learn more about traditional agriculture and taste juicy oranges, sweet pineapples, and many other fruit. The peaceful pagoda of Wat Kor is also worth visiting. Not far from Ksach Puoy is Cambodia's first vineyard – Prasat Phnom Banan Vineyard – you can pop in if you like, find out about the wine production and try several types of wine. A few kilometers further south you arrive at the well preserved 11th century mountaintop Angkorian temple of Phnom Banan. After climbing the 350+ steps you are treated to a peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside. The last and probably most memorable stop of today is the bamboo train station. Originally, the bamboo train was set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of goods. Nowadays it is the most popular tourist attraction in Battambang. The train in it is very basic and consists of one bamboo platform on 4 wheels which is activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform, you travel to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies. On arrival, stop at the village, visit the brick factory and enjoy a refreshing drink before returning to the bamboo train station. Your bamboo train adventure takes about an hour and you will travel 7 kilometers (4 miles) in total.

    Meals included: B, L
  • Day 3: Banteay Chhmar & traditional home-stay

    After breakfast you will visit Battambang Museum before heading 120 kilometers north (75 miles), to the province of Banteay Meanchey. There, you explore the ancient temple of Banteay Chhmar (Fortress of the Cat or Narrow Fortress), a large temple that is rarely visited by tourists due to its remoteness, thus it makes a refreshing change from the crowds at Angkor Wat. A low key community tourism project has recently been established in the village to help these poor people supplement their income. On arrival the local community welcomes you and you can enjoy a traditionally prepared Khmer lunch. Afterwards you get introduced to your host family and visit their home where you will spend the night. The accommodation is basic, traditional wooden stilted houses, with no electricity (outdoor western style toilets and washing facilities have been built and mosquito nets are provided). After freshening-up, a community guide leads you to Banteay Chhmar temple. Clambering over piles of stones and in between large shady trees, you will discover the remains of fallen towers and walls. This is a peaceful temple and having it to yourself as the sun sets across the baray is an extremely memorable moment. A local Khmer dinner will be served in the grounds of the temple by torch light - a unique experience! Enjoying dinner together with the local community is the perfect opportunity to discuss village life in Cambodia. As the night wears on you will return to your home-stay and fall asleep to the sounds of the countryside.

    Meals included: B, L, D
  • Day 4: Village life and silk weaving

    Awake to delightful views of rural Cambodia and rice paddies stretching off into the distance. If you wish you can return to the temple and bask in the solitude of a lonely temple sunrise. After breakfast there is the opportunity to learn more about the typical village life as you experience an ox-cart ride, visit the rice fields, drop-in on the village bee-keeper, stroll around the grounds of the village pagoda, and visit a local organization that is helping to revive the silk weaving industry. Depending on the time of year you may also wish to assist your host family with their farm activities. Have a picnic lunch while overlooking a large lake where you can spot various birdlife. Afterwards bid farewell to Banteay Chhmar's local community and head off towards Siem Reap. However, before travelling too far you stop off at Banteay Top, another wonderful and remote ancient temple. Close to Siem Reap you reach the village of Puok which is home to the Artisans d'Angkor Silk Farm. Witness the entire silk production process and get the opportunity to purchase wonderful Cambodian souvenirs at the on-site boutique. On arrival in Siem Reap you get dropped-off at your hotel

    Meals included: B, L
  • What's included?

    • All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
    • All accommodation based as detailed
    • Private air conditioned vehicles
    • English speaking local guide
    • All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
    • All boat trips
    • Daily drinking water and cool face towels whilst sightseeing
    • All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

    • Services not detailed in the above itinerary
    • International flights to / from Cambodia
    • Cambodian Visa fees
    • Accommodation before / after the tour
    • Drinks with included meals
    • Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Discretionary tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Any payment / money transfer charges 

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