Battambang: Cambodia’s Fast-rising cultural capital

A place where East meets West, where colonial grandeur meets the spectacular temples of its Buddhist roots – Battambang, Cambodia’s second-biggest city, has often been unfairly overlooked.

Located near the Thai border, around three hours from Siem Reap, Battambang has managed to retain an amiable, small-town vibe: there are few buildings over 10 storeys high, the traffic is tame, and by 10pm most establishments are closed and the streets empty.

But that old-world charm is an attribute that’s fast helping establish Battambang as the next big tourist draw – the sleepy city is slowly, but surely, gaining attention as one of Cambodia’s go-to destinations….

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