a jam-packed day in battambang, cambodia.

although it’s the fourth largest city in cambodia, there ain’t a whole lot to do in battambang. we knew this going into the city, but figured we’d give it a whirl anyways, primarily for a ride on the famed bamboo train.

after a 3-hour bus ride from siem reap turned into a 5+ hour bus ride (grrrrr), it wasn’t until early evening that we arrived in the little town. we checked into our cute little $18 guesthouse, Battambang My Homestay (photos here), and met with the owner on his recommendations for the next day. Mr. Kun showed us a map of “things to do in Battambang” and recommended we do a tuk tuk tour of things that interested us — done! we’ll do it all. and that was that.  

we spent a full day bouncing around in the back of Bowrain’s tuk tuk and taking in the sights & sounds of Battambang.

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cheeky monkey trying to hitch a ride on the scooter.
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buddha jetsons
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the long & steep staircase to the good luck temple.
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we’ve seen hundreds of asia weddings popped up on the side of the road like this one.
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little winery tour.
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i’ll try a glass of that, please.
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because of wicked monsoons, the majority of the homes are “stilt houses” to prevent flooding.
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traditional stilt houses in cambodia.
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um… those are pineapple plants. did you have any idea that’s how a pineapple grew? i didn’t.
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and then our tuk tuk started rolling and got stuck in some shrubs. ting helping bowrain retrieve our three-wheeled ride.
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peanut fields! again, had no idea how peanuts grew. battambang,cambodia
what you can’t really see are all the naked kids playing games & splashing in the water.
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this mini Golden Gate Bridge (for real) was a gift from switzerland. so random. we tried to explain that danny proposed to me just near the actual golden gate bridge. the story didn’t translate well.
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fishing scenes from the golden gate bridge of battambang.
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our view for the day.
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we took a tour of this historic stilt home with it’s owner. generations of his family have lived – and live – there.
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fisherman who was all smiles and waves and went cruised by.
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danny playing games with this little guy.
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d picking up some late night drinks & snacks from a local vendor during our bike ride home. we’ve talked to a lot of people in SEAsia about the (negative) impact that all the new 7-11’s and Circle K’s has had on local vendor’s business. and while those shops can be more convenient, service/goods in english, air conditioned, and provide cold drinks, whenever possible we always try to buy from the locals & recommend you do, too. shop local, people.

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