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Written 10 February 2022

Battambang, located in northwestern Cambodia, is the second-most populous city in the country after Phnom Penh. The provincial capital has always been a popular destination for its nearby ancient temples, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist shrines. 

Located on the Sangker River southwest of Tonle Sap Lake, Battambang town is at the heart of Cambodia's ‘rice bowl’, and maintains an old-world charm. The streets are lined with remarkably well-preserved French colonial buildings alongside traditional Cambodian houses. The nearby countryside harbors old pagodas, Angkorian era ruins, caves, waterfalls, and Khmer Rouge period killing fields.

Places of interest include Phnom Sampeu, a hill with caves of Buddha statues; the 12th Century Prasat Snung, Wat Banan, an Angkorian temple now serving as a Buddhist shrine; Wat Baydamram, home to thousands of fruit bats, and Wat Ek Phnom.