Overview of Battambang
Battambang is the capital city of Battambang province in northwestern Cambodia. Battambang is the second-largest city in Cambodia with a population of over 250,000. Founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire, Battambang is well known for being the leading rice-producing province of the country. For over 500 years, it was the main commercial hub of Siam’s Eastern Provinces, though it was always populated by Khmer with a mix of ethnic Vietnamese, Lao, Thai and Chinese. Still today Battambang is the main hub of the Northwest connecting the entire region with Phnom Penh and Thailand, and as such it’s a vital link to Cambodia.
The city is situated by the Sangker River, a tranquil, small body of water that winds its way through Battambang Province providing its nice picturesque setting. As with much of Cambodia, the French Colonial architecture is an attractive bonus of the city. It is home to some of the best-preserved, French colonial architecture in the country.
With a $36,000 financial grant from Novo Nordisk and financial support from the World Diabetes Foundation, one of two diabetes clinics was built in the town- the other was built in Kampong Thom.
As the country dries out, badly rutted roads get graded and trip times improve dramatically, though get incredibly dusty. Battambang’s beach strips at Kep, Sihanoukville and Ko Kong bask in brilliant sunshine with clear calm waters – if you’re a beach bum, dry season is the season for you.