Battambang - The Province with French colonial architectures
The second biggest city of Cambodia is Battambang which is the Battambang Province’s capital established in the 11th century. It is located in the center of northwestern Cambodia. In the past, it was the capital of Monton Khmer. During the warfare time when nearly all infrastructures were damaged, this city became the heading rice yielding land.
The myth of Kranhoung Stick King indicated its name Battambang (or Batdamdang also) which has the meaning of losing stick. About 250,000 people reside in this city these days. This city which is on the side of the river has the architecture style of French. It is the place that retains this style most significantly of Cambodia.
Battambang with the ancient architectures of French.
Lately, the facility of the city is being enhanced although it is not recommended for road travelers. Battambang is a good ground for dropping in on Wat Ek Phnom and Phnom Banon Temple or some villages nearby. An Angkor-epoch artifact collection has been exhibited in a small museum. In the top of the hills on farther side of the city, there are a quite big lake, Wats and temples. Among some well-known hills, Phnom Sampeau is conspicuous for the massacre grottoes.
This city is the 2nd center of the inland road from Vietnam to Thailand. In case that the freeway 6 which connects Siem Reap and Poipet is improved, Battambang will become smaller. Alongside the bank of the river, there is a line of gorgeous French ancient shopping stores which are outstanding traits of this land. Besides, you can easily find several Wats on all sides of this city.
After the collapse of Phnom Penh, the town did not provide the route for Khmer Voluntary. However, it is the core of the struggle of the Khmer government. In the Vietnamese infringement in the year 1979, the genocidal regime was forced out of the capital city of Cambodia towards northwest side. When the Ieng Sảy giving-in happened, the city became the fort of Khmer Voluntary.
Battambang statue - the symbol of this province.
In initial days, this town was struggled between Cambodia and Thailand which was named Siam in advance of 20th century. From 15th century, it partly belonged to Thailand. And then in the year 1907, it was dominated by Cambodia owing to French colonists. Once again, Thailand controlled this land with the support of Japan in the year 1941. This country held the town ‘til 1947 in the World War 2.
Thailand was convinced by Allied Force to give it back to Cambodia because it belonged originally to Cambodia. In case that Thailand still kept controlling, the world would take action. It was obvious that the impact of Thailand still existed in the remaining northwest. Nowadays, people there can communicate by Thai language and mostly use Baht Thai. However, the old Khmer relics emerge around the town. Moreover, the lifestyle resembles that in Cambodia rather than that of Thailand.
Bamboo train - a beguiling experience for tourist.
It is a tranquil delightful land with the major area nearby Sangker River which is a tiny peaceful part of water. The river meanders in Battambang Province that makes a stunning gorgeous view. The town is decorated charmingly by the architecture style of French mixing with Cambodia.