Footbridge over the river at Battambang  in Cambodia

Battambang Sightseeing daytrip to Wat Ek Phnom, Banan Temple and Phnom Sampeou.

A possible daytrip from Battambang which might be of interest is to go off on a tuk-tuk and visit several Wats and Temples. If you visit all three of the locations which are mentioned below then note that this takes quite a few hours i.e. most of the day. The following trip visits Wat Ek Phnom, Banan Temple and finally the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeou. A tuk-tuk for the day should cost somewhere between USD25 and USD30 - price depending on your negotiating skills and also how busy the tuk-tuks are. There is an entrance fee to the three sites which is USD3 - this allows entrance to all three but must be on the same day.
drying ricepaper - Battambang, Cambodia. Making ricepaper - Battambang, Cambodia. Water lilies - Battambang, Cambodia. water container pots - Battambang, Cambodia.

Visiting Wat Ek Phnom - old and new temples a little way outside of Battambang, Cambodia.

First to visit is Wat Ek Phnom which is around 13kms from the centre of Battambang (north) - the trip out to the Wat is really enjoyable as you pass villages and several Wats and then through forest and rice fields. At one of the villages you can stop off and watch the local people making rice paper - this circular paper is dried on wire mesh out in the road. Once ready the rice paper is sent off to various Battambang restaurants for use in spring rolls and so on. Also note that the route out to the Wat follows the really nice Prek Daun Teav stream which you should get your driver to stop off at from time to time - also see our topic about cycling in Battambang.
Wat Ek Phnom gate - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom mythical beast - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom pots - Battambang, Cambodia.
Wat Ek Phnom ceiling - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom painting - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom painting - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom painting - Battambang, Cambodia.
Wat Ek Phnom is set in lovely surroundings - the Wat is beautiful decorated and has numerous murals around it's outside, numerous statues of animals and quite a few old water storage pots. Alongside the Wat there is a huge Buddha statue which is fronted by a lily pond - there is also a school in the immediate vicinity. The old Wat Ok Phnom was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Suryavarman and is located behind the new temple. Although in a state of ruin the finally carved towers (prasats) mounted on a platform can be walked around. The Wat is of a similar design to those which can be seen at Angkor. There are several cafes around the temple complex and to the rear are the lily and water hyacinth ponds.
the beautiful Wat Ek Phnom - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom - near Battambang in Cambodia. The huge sitting Buddha at Wat Ek Phnom - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom Sitting Buddha - Battambang, Cambodia.
Wat Ek Phnom Buddha - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom old temple ruins - near Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom old temple carvings - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom temple ruins -outside  Battambang, Cambodia.
Ruins at Wat Ek Phnom temple - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom ruins - Battambang, Cambodia. Wat Ek Phnom dry lilly pond - Battambang, Cambodia. A cafe under the trees at Wat Ek Phnom - Battambang, Cambodia.

The Sangker River at Battambang.

From Wat Ek Phnom the trip out to the Banan Temple is a considerable distance as that temple is located around 27kms south of Battambang. The tuk-tuk drivers like to divert onto side roads so that there are views of the countryside on the trip - including seeing some of the crossing bridges on the Sangker River. One of the bridges is really interesting to walk across - purely for bikes and people the bridge is suspended over the river and is made up of planks and some bamboo. At the end of another bridge there are a couple of trees which are the home to fruit bats - very large fruit bats!.
Sangker River Bridge - Battambang, Cambodia. Sangker River Battambang - Battambang, Cambodia. Sangker River bridge - Battambang, Cambodia. Sangker River fruit bats - Battambang, Cambodia.


Looking round the 11th century Banan Temple complex with it's five Prasats - outside of Battambang in Cambodia.

Wat Banan is also set in lovely surroundings - the parking area has ponds with water hyacinths and there is a huge cafe situated under trees. Built by Udayadityavarman !! the temple is similar to a miniature Angkor Wat. The temple is situated on Banan Mountain (233 feet up) and is reached by climbing the 358 naga lined steps - this can be extremely hot and tiring and needs to be done slowly however there is a shaded area about two thirds of the way up. take water with you as walk up is very open to the sun - there are a couple of hawkers at the top selling water (if you want to risk the water quality which might just be from the pond?). One of the good things about looking round this temple is that generally you will not find too many people come out this far let alone make the climb up. The prasats are in pretty good condition so very interesting to walk around and the views from the top of the hill are really good. Although the steps are generally in good condition the walk back down can be nearly as energy sapping as the walk up - particularly the strain on your knees!.
Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia.
Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple steps - Battambang, Cambodia.
Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple steps - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple steps - Battambang, Cambodia. Banan Temple - Battambang, Cambodia.

Visiting Phnom Sampeou which is situated around 11kms southwest of Battambang in Cambodia.

From Wat Banan to Wat Sampeou the tuk-tuk drivers usually go across the countryside - this route although lovely and scenic goes through rice fields and passes small farms. However it is a very bumpy and dusty trip to do on a little tuk-tuk since you are travelling on narrow dirt roads which often have huge potholes. The benefit of cutting across saves a considerable amount of time though since the alternative is having to go back into Battambang and then back out again. The killing caves and temples of Phnom Sampeou are within quite a spread out area - the car park is situated at the bottom of the hill where there are plenty of cafes and gift shops. Steps lead to the top temples but the killing caves are located about half way up and you have to divert to them. This therefore involves quite a long walk - the alternative if time is limited is to hire a motorbike with driver. This costs USD3 - the drivers will take you up the hairpin road to the killing fields first and then on up to the temples -wait for you and bring you back down.
At the area around the killing caves there is a temple sat on a small hillock and to the left a path takes you slightly down to the cave entrance. The killing caves contain a memorial and shrines as this is one of the places where the Khmer Rouge committed some of it's worth atrocities. The steps down into the cave itself are pretty rugged and steep and within the cave there is a golden reclining Buddha and a shrine. On a path above the cave there is a huge golden seated Buddha which has several attendant praying Buddha's looking up at it.
From the cave area the road then goes on up to the top temples - these temples are staggered over the top of the hill and again there are pretty good views of the surrounding area.
Phnom Sampeou steps - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou cave entrance - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou cave - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou cave - Battambang, Cambodia.
Phnom Sampeou Buddha - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou Buddhas - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou - Battambang, Cambodia.
Phnom Sampeou gun - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou - Battambang, Cambodia. Phnom Sampeou - Battambang, Cambodia.

Our topics about Battambang in Cambodia.
Please see our Cambodia Travel and Touring Guide Home Page which has links to our items about Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and lots about visiting the various temples and sites at Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia - all with many photos.
Via our Resources Page there is a menu showing more of our travel websites covering holidays and tours of Cambodia's immediate neighbours of Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar as well as further afield destinations such as Cyprus, Greek Islands, India, The Canaries and The Algarve - plus our England subjects cover walks as well as topics on churches, canals and wild flowers.

Contact us via the "Resources" topic. Also perhaps take a look at our Website Privacy Policy and Cookie use.