RURAL BATTAMBANG Day 1
3 DAYS Phnom Penh Siem Reap battambang Wat Kor Cultural Village
Phnom Penh/Siem Reap – Battambang – Wat Kor Cultural Village
In the morning, drive to Battambang by private car. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of Battambang which will include visits to some of the old French Colonial buildings along the river and a visit to the former Governor’s residence. Just two kilometers away from Battambang on the Sangker River is the village of Wat Kor. Here you will gain a fascinating insight into the Cambodian way of life in the province. Many of the structures in the town were constructed in the early 20th century. Locals give the visitors a short tour of the village and explain some of the history and show them around a traditional Khmer home. An optional evening activity is offered on Thursday evenings only. You can assist in a circus show organized by the NGO Phare. The entertaining performance helps poor, handicapped children gain an education and improve their future prospects.
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES • Learn about Cambodia’s fascinating history • Discover the crumbling colonial architecture of Battambang • Explore the beautiful countryside of Cambodia • Discover ancient temples • Savour fine Khmer cuisine • Get a feel for rural life in this exotic destination • Enjoy opportunities to interact with the friendly locals
Battambang - Wat Phnom Banan – Phnom Sampeau
SUMMARY If you like to get ‘off the beaten track’, this rural Cambodia adventure is for you. Battambang is famous for its French colonial architecture, fertile soil and the rubies and garnets mined in the province. The city is only a three hour drive from Siem Reap and four from Phnom Penh.
This morning depart Battambang for a visit to Wat Phnom Banan, an 11th century temple built by King Jarvarman VII. Located on top of a 400 metre high hill, the views from the temple are simply breathtaking. The next destination is Phnom Sampeau, which is a natural rock formation which contains a series of caves. The area was a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge and some of the caves were used as “killing caves”. Your guide will be able to give you a history of the area.
Battambang – Siem Reap/ Phnom Penh
Depart Battambang and spend the morning exploring nearby Ek Phnom Temple, an 11th century Hindu temple built by King Suryavarman I. The temple contains some beautiful carvings that have remained in remarkably good condition. After lunch, make the onward journey to Phnom Penh/Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap Extension Explore the fabled Temples of Angkor, with ample time to explore majestic Angkor Wat and the jungle enveloped temple of Ta Prohm. Aside from exploring the ancient temple complexes, you may wish to visit floating villages on the Tonle Sap or enjoy a fun Ox cart ride through the beautiful countryside.