Battambang is a province in the ‘heart of the Cambodian rice bowl’. This quaint quiet town in the northwest of the country, is surrounded by rice fields and tiny villages, and a mere 40 km west of the famous Tonle Sap Lake.
Visit Wat Banan Temple, about 25km south of Battambang town…rather like a smaller replica of the more illustrious Angkor Wat. This Angkor era ancient temple sits atop a 400m high hill (near the ‘killing caves’) close to the Sangker river, depicting architecture of the mid-11th and end-12th centuries. Prepare to climb over 350 steep steps to the hill top for stunning 360 degree panoramic views. Wat Banan with its 5 towers, was once thought to be a prototype for Angkor Wat, although now dismissed by most scholars who date the structure later than Angkor. Nearby, see Wat Ek Phnom as well. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant before visiting Wat Phnom Sampov…see local life along the Sangker River. Late afternoon, enjoy a sunset view with a private ‘Nori’ (formed by 2 sets of rail wheels, a bamboo mat and a generator) ride…also known as ‘bamboo train’. Drive back to your hotel before dinner time.
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