Battambang

Jemima Durnford
During our last full day we explored the town which took about 20 minutes, Battambang really doesn't have much to offer so we'd heard about blind people doing massage and how great it is. So we went along to this place and were asked to wear blue pyjamas and lie face down on the massage table. They asked us how strong we would like it, I said medium and Liam said hard and I am so glad I said medium because it was the MOST excruciating experience of my life! They pressed so hard and it was agony, it was more like torture and not at all like the relaxing massage we were expecting. I was just gritting my teeth and my palms were sweating so much. Afterwards we were so utterly exhausted we just went straight back to our hostel and slept for a few hours!That evening we went to our favourite restaurant which happened to be next door and ate our last Cambodian meal before heading to Bangkok in Thailand. The next day I had loads of purple and yellow bruises on my legs – yikes! Not really the way we'd expected to end our time, it was so bad that we could only laugh about it!
Jemima Durnford
After our time in Siem Reap we headed to Battambang. We had heard about a bamboo train which you can ride with all the locals going from one place to another. When we got to Battambang the hotel manager wasn't the friendliest as we wanted to pay the price we'd seen online but he wanted us to pay more, after that we were given a room which was more like a brothel with only red lighting which was a bit dodgy.
Sharmistha Chaudhuri
Continue your Cambodia travel guide from Siem Reap as you head to Battambang, also situated in the northwest. It's a sleepy town with a relaxed attitude and the region is Cambodia's major rice producer. If you want a break from bus journeys, why not take a boat? It will be slow but crowded but will give you a feel of rural Cambodia.
Robert Neiluj
Exploration des environs de battambang, ballades en scooter, vat perdues en haut de montages...