- Aldous Huxley
Though there isn't the same amount of large 5 and 4* hotels in Battambang as there is in Siem reap and Phnom Penh, there are several lovely boutique hotels. Beautiful properties like Bambu, Au Cabaret Vert and La Villa provide a very comfortable stay for the luxury traveller.
Tranquil Battambang will bring out the explorer in you and is often best discovered with the help of a local Cambodia guide. The city is spread out and surprises can be found where you least expect them. The surrounding countryside is a true Southeast Asian garden paradise and is considered the main agricultural center for Cambodia.
Battambang, Cambodia's 2nd largest city, appears quiet at first as the 'center' is not as clearly defined as in other cities. You'll soon realize that this is what adds to it's beauty. Long roads lined with tall overhanging palm trees, friendly locals and children with beaming grins, and traditional French colonial tapestry intertwined with modern Khmer style mean the city's charm quickly unfolds in front of you. And then there are the surroundings - simply beautiful rural villages, mountains, jungle and ancient temples.
French colonial history is very evident, and architectural enthusiasts will relish the interplay of
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