Battambang is Cambodia's second-largest city and the capital of Battambang Province, which was founded in the 11th century. It is the former capital of Monton Kmer and lies in the heart of the Northwest of Cambodia. Until the war years, in which almost every infrastructure was destructed it was the leading rice-producing province of the country.
The name Battambang or Batdambang, literally means "loss of stick" referring to a legend of the Preah Bat Dambang Kranhoung (Kranhoung Stick King). The population is nowadays around 250,000 people . It's a riverside town, home to some of the best-preserved, French colonial architecture in the country.
Until recently Battambang was off the map for road travellers, but facilities have recently been improved and it makes a great base for visiting the nearby temples, such as Phnom Banon and Wat Ek Phnom, as well as the closedby villages.
It's a secondary hub on the overland route between Thailand and Vietnam, and if the National Highway No 6 from Poipet to Siem Reap is ever upgraded it'll become an even smaller hub. The network of charming old French shop houses clustered along the riverbank is the real highlight here, and there are a number of Wats scattered around the town.
The small museum has a collection of Angkorian-era artifacts, and beyond the town there's a number of hilltop temples, yet more Wats and a pretty large lake. One of the more famous hills is Phnom Sampeau (Ship Hill) with the notorious killing caves.
Battambang did not give way to the Khmer Rouge movement after the fall of Phnom Penh, but it?s been in the centre of the ongoing government Khmer Rouge conflict ever since the Vietnamese invasion in 1979 pushed the genocidal regime out of Phnom Penh and to the Northwest. Until the surrender deal of Ieng Sary (Khmer Rouge number three man based in Pailin),Battambang was the Khmer Rouge stronghold in the region.
In the earlier history Battambang flip-flopped back and forth between Thailand (called Siam before their 20th-century renaming) and Cambodia. It's been a part of Thailand most of the time since the 15th century, with Cambodia regaining control (more specifically due the French) in 1907. The Thais grabbed it again, with Japanese assistance, in 1941 and kept the region in their camp until the World War II years in 1947.
The Allied Forces helped persuade the Thais that the region was originally part of ancient Cambodia and the world community would not take kindly to the Thais holding onto it further. Like the rest of the Northwest, there is still a lot of Thai influence apparent. The main currency is still the Thai Baht and many people are able to converse in Thai. But the area is very Khmer, with ancient Khmer ruins scattered around, and even the ways of life are much more similar to the rest of Cambodia than to Thailand.
Battambang city is a peaceful and pleasant place these days. The main parts of the city are situated closed to the Sangker River, a tranquil, small body of water that winds its way through Battambang Province. It is a nice, picturesque setting. As with much of Cambodia, the French architecture is an attractive bonus of the city.
The provincial capital of Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia (2007 estimated population around 1/4 million people). It is located in one of the biggest rice-growing areas in Southeast Asia. The average altitude of the province is around 50m. The province is bordering to the North with Banteay Meanchey, to the West with Thailand, to the East and South with Pursat and the great lake Tonle Sap.
The country's total surface is about 11,702 sq/km with around 67.7 inh/sqkm. The city is on both the highway and railroad linking Phnom Penh with Thailand; after the outbreak (1970) of civil war in Cambodia, the Battambang-Phnom Penh road was a prime target of the Khmer Rouge insurgents, who, by capturing it, severed Phnom Penh from its major source of rice.Battambang was acquired by Thailand in 1809 and returned to Cambodia in 1907. The city has also a technical university.
The population census in 2007 shows that Battambang is a densely populated province with male 511,378 and female 525,145 and total population of 1,036,523 people. The population density is 68 per km2, which is slightly higher than the national density of 64. The population of this province constitutes 6.9% of the whole Cambodian population. The percentage of female population accounts for 51%.
Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. During the rainy season between mid-April and mid-October the Mekong swells and backs into the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), increasing the size of the lake almost threefold. Between November and April winds are less strong and there are higher temperatures (up to 35?C). General information about the climate:
Rainy season: June - October (<31c)
- Cool season: November- February (>26c)
- Hot season: March- May : Temperature: from 28c -35c
The Battambang Rice were the principal exports of Cambodia, but exports fell sharply after the onset of the civil war, which put most of the rubber plantations out of operation. By the 1990s, however, rubber plantings had been undertaken as part of a national recovery program. When we talk about tropical fruites, the Battambang orange is the most famouse among the people. Until recently, inadequate transportation hampered exploitation of the country's vast forests, but by the mid-1990s timber had become the largest source of export income.
Exploitation of mineral resources like phosphate rock, limestone, semiprecious stones, and salt supports important local mining operations. Inflation was 1.6% in 2002, whereas official unemployment figures amounted to 2.6%. Due to closed Thailand there is quite a lot of financial influx from foreign (Thai) investors.
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 for Cambodia. Battambang city is a peaceful and pleasant place these days. The main parts of the city are situated closed to the Sangker River, a tranquil, small body of water that winds its way through Battambang Province. It is a nice, picturesque setting. As with much of Cambodia, the French architecture is an attractive bonus of the city.
Kamping Puoy Lake
Located between two mountains, named Phnom Kul or Phnom Ta Nget and Phnom Kamping Puoy, at Ta Nget village, Ta Kriem Commune is 35 kilometers (22 mi) from the provincial town. Kamping Puoy lake is 1,900 meters (6,230 ft) wide, 19 kilometers (12 mi) long and can load 110,000,000 cubic metres (3.8846×109 cu ft). It is famous for its giant lotus flowers whose fiber is spun and weaved to make a new organic fabric. These activities employ more than 20 underprivileged women around the lake.
Baset Temple Was built during the reign of King Suryavarman I (1002–1050) and located on a hill at Baset village, Ta Pun commune 15 kilometers (9 mi) from the provincial town. Baset temple adapts the architecture of 11th century and built in 1036 and 1042. Next to the temple, there is a pond 20 meters (66 ft) long 12 meters (39 ft) wide and 10 meters (33 ft) deep. The pond never dries up even in the dry season.
Wat Ek Phnom
Adapts the architecture of the 11th century and was built in 1027 during the reign of King Suryavarman I (1002–1050). It is located at Piem Ek commune 14 kilometers (9 mi) from the provincial town.
Prasat Banan (Phnom Banan)
Adapts the architecture of the mid-11th century and the end of the 12th century; the temple was first built by King Dharanindravarman II (1050–1066) and was completed in its final form by the King Jayavarman VII (1181–1220). The temple is located on the top of a mountain approximately 400-meter-high (1,310 ft) located at Koh Tey 2 commune, Banan District. It can be reached by traveling 15 kilometers (9 mi) from the provincial town by the provincial road No 155, which runs parallel to the Sangker River. In the valley, there is Ku Teuk and two main natural wells, namely: Bit Meas and Chhung or Chhung Achey.
Norry (Bamboo Train)
The Norry, or bamboo train, runs 4 kilometers (2 mi) from Prasat Banan to Chhoeuteal commune. Previously located on actual railway tracks outside the city, the bamboo train was relocated in 2017 to make way for the resumption of railway traffic.
Characterized by three separated stupas made of brick, located on a hill 30 meters (98 ft) long and 20 meters (66 ft) wide, in Snung pagoda's area, Snung commune, Banan District 22 kilometers (14 mi) from the provincial town. According to the style at the gate, the temple is similar to other temples in 12th century. Behind the temple, there is another new temple being built.
Main article: Killing caves of Phnom Sampeau
Is a natural resort located along the National Road No 57 (the former National Road No10) at Sam Puoy commune (the high land more than 100 meters (330 ft) high) and 12 kilometers (7 mi) from the provincial town of Battambang. On the top of Sam Puoy mountain, there is a temple and three natural wells, namely Pkar Slar, Lo Khuon and Ak Sopheak. Next to Sam Puoy mountain, there are some mountains, and natural sites like Phnom Trung Moan, Phnom Trung Tea and Phnom Neang Rum Say Sork. These mountains relate to the Cambodia folk legend of Reach Kol Neang Rum Say Sork.
Sek Sak Resort
A natural resort which has been popular since before the civil war, Sek Sak stretches along the river bank with plants, trees and bamboo stretching 500 meters (1,640 ft) in length. Tourists can also visit other attractive sites like Po Pus Pich Chen Da Dong Tong and Sa Ang speak, the pre-history site five kilometers (3.1 mi) to six kilometers (3.75 mi) away. Sek Sak located Treng commune, Rotanak Mondul District 50 kilometers (31 mi) from the provincial town of Battambang along the National Road No 57, the former National Road No 10.
Battambang Circus (Phare Ponleu Selpak)
The shows include a range of circus disciplines including acrobatics, juggling, aerial work, clowning, tightrope walking and aqua-balance. It gives performances every Monday and Thursday evening. The shows are put on by students from the NGO arts school, Phare Ponleu Selpak that helps disadvantaged children and young people escape from situations connected with poverty such as begging or trafficking and to get an education, both in normal public school and in the arts.
Bahá'í House of Worship
Around 7 kilometers (4 mi) south of Battambang, in Odambang commune, stands the city's Bahá'í House of Worship. Inaugurated in 2017, it is notable for being one of the first Bahá'í temples to be built to serve a single locality, and the first local Bahá'í house of worship to be constructed. The round, nine-sided edifice features a central dome and spire, and winged parapets that have been called reminiscent of Phnom Penh's Chaktomuk Conference Hall.
Our guide to eating and drinking in Battambang from street food and cafes to restaurants and bars. Some of the best Cambodian cuisine in the country is found in Battambang, the capital of Cambodia‘s most fertile province and the country’s rice bowl. Here’s where you should snack, dine and sip in Battambang.
A few tourist restaurants aside, Cambodia’s second city of Battambang, set in an agriculturally-rich region, is one of the best places in the country to sample the most authentic renditions of Cambodian dishes — at roadside stalls, fresh markets, local eateries, foodie tours, a stylish restaurant, and even a boutique hotel restaurant or two. This guide to eating and drinking in Battambang covers all of the delicious opportunities to sample those specialties.
Cambodian cuisine is one of the most misunderstood cuisines in Asia. And unfortunately visitors’ understanding of the food isn’t helped by tourist restaurants passing off Thai dishes as Cambodian because they know diners are more familiar with the balanced flavours of their neighbour’s cuisine than the confronting sour, bitter and pungent notes of their own. What complicates things in Battambang is that the city and surrounding province was under Thai rule for a while.
Due to its sizeable expat population and creative young locals, Battambang is also the spot to find Cambodia’s best coffee, along with good burgers and icy beer in arty bars, and everything from French pizza to fantastic Indian food. Thanks to Tara Winkler of the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT), Chef David Thompson of Nahm Bangkok, and restaurateur John Fink, owner of Quay in Sydney, Battambang also boasts a sleek restaurant serving pan-Asian sharing plates and potent cocktails. Here’s our guide to eating and drinking in Battambang.
BREAKFAST IN BATTAMBANG
Battambang’s typical breakfast is kuy teav, a pork noodle broth, and you’ll spot it being slurped at markets and stalls all over the city. The best is at Mrs Te Lieng and Mr Lee Mun’s soup joint in Wat Kor village on the outskirts of town, where the couple have been dishing up bowls of the steaming kuy teav since 1995. The version with succulent pork slices served atop the noodles is the most barang (foreigner) friendly, however, locals prefer the addition of offal, including liver, intestines, lung, and heart. Add chilli, lime and fresh herbs to taste from the selection of condiments on the table. The deep fried breadsticks or youtiao — also known as ‘Chinese doughnuts’ — served on the side, are for dipping in the soup. If you’re staying at Battambang Resort, owner Phary takes guests on a breakfast bicycle ride to the eatery as an alternative to the hotel buffet. For a Western breakfast, expats like Cafe Eden for its pancakes, crepes, bagels, and enormous huevos rancheros, however, a warning: while the service is well-meaning it is excruciatingly slow.
MARKETS IN BATTAMBANG
After breakfast, make a beeline for the markets, which are best in the morning. Fertile Battambang province has a reputation for producing the country’s finest fresh produce — Cambodians swear its coconuts are the finest, pineapples the juiciest, oranges the sweetest, corn the tastiest — so it’s no surprise the town is home to a couple of the country’s best markets. In the heart of town, Phsar Naht market is most compelling in the early morning for fresh food and the early evening for street food. Our favourite market is the larger, busier Phsar Boeung Choeuk, which is a distribution point for suppliers, as well as the market where locals do their eating and shopping. Look out for the mountains of pineapples, corn, coconuts, and so on, depending on the season, of course.
BEST COFFEE IN BATTAMBANG
Coffee lovers shouldn’t miss Cambodia’s best coffee at cute Café Kinyei, a social enterprise aimed at providing training and employment for young locals, on dusty Street 1½ in the heart of the old city. Set in a renovated colonial-era Chinese shop-house, the compact café is decorated with rustic wooden furniture and flowers on the tables. This is where you’ll find smiling 19 year-old Sakana, Cambodia’s 2013 Barista Champion, making her award-winning Cambodian Cappuccino with pineapple syrup, palm sugar and frothy coconut milk. The café also serves up Battambang’s best cheese toasties.
LUNCH IN BATTAMBANG
Nicknamed ‘Noodle Guy’ or ‘Chinese Noodle’ by expats, Lan Chov Khorko Miteanh (145, Street 2) is a simple, no-frills eatery with a stall-like kitchen with boiling pots and woks on gas stoves at the front. This is where the most unlikely of noodle masters, wearing low-slung shorts, dirty singlet and flip-flops, makes hearty handmade Chinese dumplings and silky hand-pulled noodles to order. Order a serve of each. Don’t even think about ordering anything else.
For something more contemporary, along with air-conditioning, good wines by the glass, and great music, try Jaan Bai (Street 2), which means ‘rice bowl’ in Khmer. In a chic, renovated, colonial-era shop-house, the casual restaurant features local art on the walls and bookshelves holding issues of Anthology and Kinfolk. The exterior is covered in murals by Battambang artists and boasts an alfresco area furnished with astro turf and wooden pallets serving as coffee tables and seats. The succinct menu features a few dishes by Chef David Thompson, an advisor to the hospitality training restaurant, such as a fiery Thai jungle curry, and is made with seasonal produce that’s been grown in CCT’s own organic gardens. Try the pulled pork buns and squid sliders (if they’re on the menu) and don’t miss the Kampot pepper crab, a Cambodian specialty from the south.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS IN BATTAMBANG
If you speak Khmer or have a Khmer-speaking guide or friends, ask them to take you to the local favourite, a riverside restaurant called Mlob Chan or The Shade of the Nutmeg Tree, for a quintessentially Battambang experience. There is no menu and guests simply request their favourite dishes or order ahead, as our friend did. Locals like to linger for hours here, eating slowly and drinking beers as they swing in the hammocks in the rickety alfresco bamboo pavilions that overlook the river. After they’ll snooze or play cards, ordering more snacks if they’re still hungry. We were firmly focused on the food: a massive spread of plastic plates piled high with morning glory and garlic; wok-fried chicken with preserved lemon and garlic; prahok with kroeung, grilled in banana leaf; whole goby fish grilled in salt, eaten with a sauce of young tamarind paste, chilli and garlic; fresh green beans, baby eggplant, cucumber and cabbage; and a mountain of rice, all arranged on a colourful mat on the bamboo floor. It was simple, fresh and flavourful.
BATTAMBANG STREET FOOD TOUR
Forget the Nutella pancakes, Battambang’s food stalls serve up some of the most authentic street food you’ll find in Cambodia and the best way to experience it if you’re visiting or are new in town is on a street food snack tour with Phary, the owner of Battambang Resort. Come late afternoon, Phary leads her food-loving guests on either a bike ride or tuk tuk tour (your choice) to graze at half a dozen food stalls and small family-owned eateries that dot the dusty riverside road. We love it so much we’ve done it a couple of times.
The tour generally starts at a small roadside stall where owner Sal makes nom krok (fried coconut and rice flour cakes) in a cast-iron pan with moulds over a charcoal fire. There are many variations but she serves her’s with a sweet, light vinegary syrup of palm sugar and fish sauce. The next stop is usually a ramshackle bamboo shack precariously perched over the river (each monsoon it slips a little further toward the water) where you can sample son vac (fish paste grilled in banana leaves), which you should wrap in lettuce and eat with the cold noodles, basil, saw-tooth coriander and tangy sauce provided and pong tia koun (boiled baby duck eggs), which we scoop out and eat after first drinking the warm flavourful juices from the shell that we created by adding salt, pepper and lime juice.
A little further down the road at Ponleu Preh Chung or The Shining Moon, where Mrs Vat Ongn has been crafting a repertoire of Khmer desserts for over 20 years, you can try an array of sweets. I love the heavenly banh ja’neuk, glutinous rice-flour balls stuffed with mung bean paste, which she drowns in coconut milk and tapioca, douses with some ginger syrup, and sprinkles with sesame seeds. The genre of these glutinous-ball desserts are nicknamed ‘killing husband’ for their tendency to get caught in the throats of drunk spouses.
If you have room, Phary can include a few other spots on her itinerary too, however, the highlight for us is the final stop. Outside a corrugated iron shed, Mr Pra Dina is usually found piling the raw beef skewers that he has been marinating in a big plastic tub of kroeung onto a row of grills to barbecue Battambang’s best sach ko ang. We like to watch him fan smoke over the coals as dozens of locals begin arriving on motorbikes to join us in the patient wait for the smoky beef skewers, succulent from the pork fat placed between the beef pieces, and aromatic and sweet from the lemongrass kroeung. They are well and truly worth the wait.
TAKEAWAY IN BATTAMBANG
Around sunset, smoke starts to rise from the stalls set up in the evenings outside Psar Naht market, where you’ll find grilled salted fish, various barbecuing meats and offals on smouldering coals, and hearty soups and stews in massive pots. Take care, as this is takeaway-central. Locals cruise right up to the stalls on motorbikes and in vehicles to buy their dinner. The best stalls are those that are busiest, but look out for two adjoining stalls selling soups and curries.
We like the stall ran by a very focused woman called Roth, who has had her stall here selling soups, stews and curries for over a decade. Her home-cooked specialties include char kroeung (a kroeung-based dry curry dish made with chicken, duck or cat fish) and samlors (soups, light stews, and curry soups), including samlor machou youn (sweet and sour vegetable soup with pineapple, tomato, watermelon and tamarind, and vegetables); samlor machou, a typically-sour countryside soup made with green papaya, spicy basil and smoked fish; sgnor, a clear chicken broth fragrant with lemongrass and kaffir lime; samlor trayong chek, made with banana blossom and tamarind; and samlor machou kroeung that looks like a watery curry but is actually a rich, flavourul koeung-based soup. Don’t leave without buying another Battambang specialty, prahok chamhuy, a steamed prahok fish paste, with pork and eggs.
There are several stalls offering barbecue meats — frogs, fish cakes, chicken wings, pork ribs, quails, sweet Cambodian sausages, and whole chickens — glistening from a marinade of kroeung, oil and red chilli. You will also spot large grey-coloured goby fish and smaller catfish, both caught from the river, blanketed in a salt mixture featuring kaffir lime and lemongrass, and being continually turned on the barbecue. The culinary adventurous shouldn’t leave without sampling khnob — barbecued prahok, mushroom and tamarind wrapped in banana leaf.
If you need help, go see English-speaking Dang who, with his baseball-capped wife, sells succulent rotisserie chickens and ducks, sold with bags of fresh greens, cucumbers and fragrant herbs. Their stall is the only one sign-posted.
Also try to find petite Mao Vanna, a lovely little woman who for over 20 years has been selling three specialties from her tiny stools topped with trays of dishes. Her star dish is amok trey, Cambodia’s national dish that has a texture that falls somewhere between a souffle and mousse. It’s made from fish and a curry paste that’s been steamed in banana leaf and in Battambang it’s always made with goby fish (note: for Cambodians, there’s no such thing as chicken amok or beef amok or tofu amok – these are dishes purely invented for tourists). Also try her other two specialties: char kdao, a kroeung-based duck dish with hot basil, and char kgney, a light chicken and ginger stir-fry.
BEST BATTAMBANG BARS
One of the loveliest spots for sunset drinks has long been atmospheric Balcony Bar in a big traditional Khmer timber house on the riverside about halfway to Wat Kor village, which recently reopened under new management. This is the kind of spot you can head to for sunset and end up spending the whole evening here, sipping cocktails (now some of the best in town) before moving on to wine and pizza.
The alfresco poolside bar at Bambu Hotel is a popular happy hour destination, with stools filling with an equal number of expats as hotel guests; you’ll often find gregarious owner Pat perched at the bar shouting drinks and Battambang’s best G&Ts on tap. Well, almost.
Bric-a-Brac’s Libations Bar (Street 2), which pops up on the pavement every evening outside this delightful B&B cum boutique, is a nice spot for a negroni tarted up with the peel of Battambang oranges. They also have good wines by the glass and, a rarity in this part of the world, very good cheese and charcuterie platters.
A little way down Street 2, Miss Wong, the Battambang sister to Siem Reap’s finest cocktail bar, oozes colonial style. The heady cocktails are what you’re here, mixed with infusions, small batch spirits and house-made tonics. If you like your drinks strong, don’t think about ordering anything but the rose and lemongrass martini. For something lighter, have a lemongrass collins. There are also craft beers and good wines, along with Chinese snacks such as duck pancakes, pork bao and dim sum.
Unfortunately, French-owned Vintage wine bar doesn’t have very good wines by the glass, but they do have cheap wines by the glass, better wines available by the bottle, and cheap cold beers. They make up for the mediocre drinks with friendly service, loads of charm and retro atmosphere.
BEST BATTAMBANG RESTAURANTS
The best restaurant in Battambang’s centre for dinner is Jaan Bai, which stays open late and is even buzzier at night than it is by day. Across the river at Russey Restaurant at colonial-inspired Bambu hotel, you can try generous portions of expertly prepared Cambodian favourites, such as their fresh spring rolls, Cambodian curry, rich samlor kor ko, a hearty Cambodian soup made with kroeung, and one of the finest renditions we’ve had of lok lak, a peppery beef pepper dish that is one of Cambodia’s most quintessential. The restaurant’s signature dish ‘Beef Battambang’, however, is a richer, more sophisticated version of a dish that’s often served at weddings. The restaurant also offers delicious Western and pan-Asian dishes in case you have a craving. The salt and pepper calamari is a must!
A ten-minute tuk tuk ride out of town you’ll also find delicious Cambodian food served on the leafy Lotus Terrace restaurant at the charming Maisons Wat Kor, a small boutique hotel of traditional timber houses. The menu changes daily, but hope that the fried frangipanis are served and the intense ginger-infused beef broth is on the menu. Book a table early in the day or a day ahead. If you’re not staying at the property, organise a tuk tuk driver through the hotel or ask your own driver to return or wait.
Although lacking in the quintessential Cambodian trump cards—golden beaches, capital city hustle and bustle, colossal ancient ruins, the Northwestern city of Battambang has come leaps and bounds from what it once was—from a small village founded by the Khmer Empire back in the early 11th century—to one of Cambodia’s largest rice-producing provinces.
As far as boozing goes, you won’t find a rampant nightlife scene per se but search hard enough and you’re bound to uncover some outstanding low key joints serving up solid tipples and if you’re lucky, a joint or two with a dance floor for you to throw down all sorts of funky moves. Curious about where to drink in Battambang, Cambodia? Here are 5 we recommend!
If you’re looking to party and bust out your dancing shoes, Level Club is perhaps one of the few places that come close to an actual club where you get to enjoy live DJ sets, drink insanely cheap liquor and shake your booty all night long.
Address: Street 208, Krong Battambang, Cambodia
Opening Hours: 8PM – 3AM
Contact: +855 96 539 9003
Madison Corner Pub
Long-standing Madison Corner Pub may not look the part if trendy, glitzy bars are what you’re after but it remains one of the best late-night bars in Battambang courtesy of its convivial owner, Patrice. A great spot to wind down after a day exploring the city, enjoy yourself cheap beer, homemade rice wine and a decent array of nosh, curated to suit even the most discerning of palates.
Address: Pub Street, #83 2,5, Krong Battambang, Cambodia
Opening Hours: 4PM – 1AM (Daily)
Contact: +855 12 415 513
Miss Wong Battambang
The sophisticated Battambang outpost of one of Siem Reap’s most popular cocktail bars, Miss Wong Cocktail Bar has been a mainstay in the Cambodian bar scene for over a decade now. They’re known for serving premium spirits, innovative cocktails, professional service and elegantly designed décor. Here you’ll find creative cocktails inspired by seasonal ingredients and even dim sum.
Address: Street 2, Phasar Nat, Battambang 02000, Cambodia
Opening Hours: 6PM – 1AM (Daily)
Contact: +855 92 428 332
Pomme Hostel, Bar & Restaurant
Nestled in the heart of Battambang, Pomme Hostel is a backpacker destination that sees travellers from all over the world passing through each day. The restaurant and bar on the ground floor offer a variety of local dishes and home-style comfort food as well as an extensive drinks menu to satisfy all moods. Pomme is a popular venue for both travelling performers and local musicians so expect live music of varying flavours and influences.
Address: 61/63, street 2.5, Battambang, Cambodia
Opening Hours: 7.30AM – 11.30PM (Daily)
Contact: +855 69 233 620
Vintage Wine Bar Mezze
Located along Road 2.5, Vintage Wine Bar Mezze is a relaxing place to wind down in the late afternoon or evening over a glass of wine, an ice-cold beer or both. The bar offers an interestingly unique and eclectic menu comprising a mixture of Cambodian and Western signatures including sashimi, carpaccio, artisanal cheese and cured meat. They house a broad selection of wine available by the glass or by the bottle.
Address: #84 Rd No 2.5, Krong Battambang, Cambodia
Opening Hours: 3.30PM – 11PM (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sundays
Contact: +855 71 202 6527