Itinerary

1 Day / 10 hours

Departure time: 9am

What is included in the tour:

-Free Pick up and Drop off from the bus or boat terminal upon arrival

-Transportation: Tuk Tuk

-Tour Guide

-Snacks

-Lunch in the village

-Cool Drinks and Water

-Cold Towels

-Eating Seasonal Fruits

What is not included in the tour:

-Entrance fee to the Bamboo Train attraction: 5$ per person

-Entrance fee to Phnom Sompov Mountain and Wat Ek Phnom : 3$ per person

What to see and do :

-Bamboo Train

-Bat Cave

-Phnom Sompov Mountain

-Wat Ek Phnom

-Making  Rice Paper

-Making Traditional Khmer Scarf

-Making Dried Bananas

-Fish paste market

-Making Bamboo Sticky Rice

-The Killing Fields

-A Khmer Village

-The Countryside and Rice Paddies

Tour highlights:

We will take three routes when we move around Battambang. In the morning, we head for the North, which is 11 kilometers from the city to see the countryside, Ek Phnom temple and learning about different types of traditional handicrafts.

In the afternoon, we will head for the South which is 14 kilometers from the city. We will ride on the Bamboo train, have lunch and relax in the village. In the evening, we will head for the West, which is 15 kilometers from the city. We will climb Phnom Sompov mountain to see the killing caves, a pagoda, monkeys, the magnificent scenery at the top of the mountain. Then, we will return to the base of the mountain to watch bats fly out from their caves.

 

Morning

Stop 1: Wat Ek Phnom

We begin by venturing to the beautiful countryside and admiring lush rice paddies. Ready your camera, for there will be many lovely shots to take. Then we will hit the road for Wat Ek Phnom.

Wat Ek Phnom is a peaceful place that is surrounded by big banyan trees and fresh air. It houses a ruined temple that was built in the 11th century, before Angkor Wat was built. It is worth seeing it’s amazing architecture. Listen to the story of how, why and for whom the temple was built.

After that, we will see an old pagoda. We will explain the differences between a temple and a pagoda, and soak in the beautiful art paintings on the walls of the pagoda. Then, we will see a big Buddha statue beside a pond.

 

Stop 2: Making Rice Paper

We will visit a family that is in the business of making rice paper. This business and the skills of running it have been passed down through the generations. First, we will get a glimpse of how rice paper is processed before it is used to make spring rolls. The ingredients of rice papers include rice flavoring, salt and water. Wood chips and husk are used to create a fire.

 

Stop3: Making Khmer Scarf

Khmer scarf is made using a large wooden sewing machine that holds many threads. The locals weave these cotton threads together with their hands and feet. Highly skilled at this art, they weave a scarf quickly and skillfully. Watch them weave! After that, have a go at weaving yourself.

Stop 4: Making Dried Bananas

Watch the locals slice  the bananas patiently into thin pieces and dry them under the sun. They make delicious dried bananas which are excellent as snacks.

Stop 5: Fish Paste Market

The fish paste market is a place where we see how Cambodians make this vital ingredient. Before the paste is finally ready to be eaten, it has to be stored in a big pot and preserved for many months. We will also see the locals drying other kinds of fish that come in interesting colors.

Stop 6: Making Bamboo Sticky Rice

The sticky rice is put in the bamboo. Then it will be burned  till it’s ready to be cooked.

It smells very good so try it if you want to get your first experience.

Stop 7: The Killing Fields

This monument is located in Somrong Krong village. It tells the dark history of Cambodia during the years of 1975 to 1979. Pol Pot was a leader who tried to gain power by forcing his people to work very hard in the rice fields. During the years, many people were killed. As we visit the Killing Fields, we will tell you the story of the Khmer Rouge: how did the genocide happen? Why did the Khmer Rouge kill so many people? How did the genocide end?

Afternoon

 

Stop 8: Bamboo Train

Taking the bamboo train is one fun, crazy and bumpy ride. The train is used by the locals to move from one village to another. The train used to have sticks that rolled along a wooden platform but today, the locals use engines instead. The trains run on two wheels on a single railway line, so when two trains meet, one has to give way. A rule has been created: the train with fewer people and things will have to give way.

You will travel for about an hour from the station in Odambang village before you head for another village. Osralau is 7 kilometers away and there are many shops for you to relax at and have a cold drink. You can walk around the village if you wish.

Stop 9: Lunch in the village

After a fun ride on the Bamboo Train, we will have lunch. This is the best time to try local food in the village. We will serve you noodles with soup and meat. (Please tell us if you are vegetarian.) Or if you wish to have lunch in a luxurious restaurant, we can organize that for you.

Stop 10: A Khmer Village

After a busy morning, you may feel a little bit tired so we will bring you to take a rest in a villager’s house where you can relax on hammocks. It is a great opportunity to connect with the Cambodian people, see how the locals live and to exchange stories and experiences.

Then, we will walk around the village. Cambodian people are very friendly and happy, so it is natural to see them smiling at you. They may even greet you with a “Hello”. You should learn how to greet them, Cambodian style, as a sign of respect. Put your hands together and at your chest, and bow slightly.

In the village, you will also see farms growing many different types of local Cambodian fruit tree. Then it is time to taste some of the fruits that are grown by the villagers. The kind of fruit you taste depends on the season and includes bananas, mangos, guavas and sugarcane.

Evening

 

Stop 11: Phnom Sompov Mountain

To visit Phnom Sompov, we may have to climb the mountain on foot. However, you have the option of renting a motorbike (3$ per person) or taking a car (12$).

-Pagoda: After walking for about 20 minutes through the jungle, we will reach the middle of mountain where we will see a pagoda. It has many beautiful paintings that tell the story of the Buddha.

Killing Cave:  Many people were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime. A good number were marched up to the top of the mountain and forced into a cave. It is a very somber experience.

Monkeys: You will see many monkeys jumping through the trees and playing on the ground.

 -The beautiful views: At the top of the mountain you will see lovely scenery and the flat landscape of Battambang. You will also see extensive green rice paddies. It is truly a breathtaking sight.

 

Stop 12: Bat Cave

When we arrive at the bottom of the mountain, it will be time to watch the bats take flight. It is incredible to watch an amazing and long line of bats fly out from the cave. Every evening, millions of bats fly to Tonle Sap Lake to feed on mosquitoes and insects to eat. They return to the cave before morning the next day.

Lastly, we might see the sunset and return to the hotel.

Half-Day

This day tour is designed for those who want to see only  the most popular attractions in Battambang.

Departure time: 2pm

What is included in the tour:

-Free Pick up and Drop off from the bus or boat terminal upon arrival

-Transportation: Tuk Tuk

-Tour Guide

What is not included in the tour:

-Entrance fee to the Bamboo train attraction: 5$ per person

-Entrance fee to Phnom Sompov mountain : 3$ per person

Tour Highlights

What to see and do:

-Bamboo train

-Bat Cave

-Phnom Sompov mountain

Stop 1: Bamboo Train

Taking the bamboo train is one fun, crazy and bumpy ride. The train is used by the locals to move from one village to another. The train used to have sticks that rolled along a wooden platform but today, the locals use engines instead. The trains run on two wheels on a single railway line, so when two trains meet, one has to give way. A rule has been created: the train with fewer people and things will have to give way.

You will travel for about an hour from the station in Odambang village before you head for another village. Osralau is 7 kilometers away and there are many shops for you to relax at and have a cold drink. You can walk around the village if you wish.

Stop 2: Phnom Sompov Mountain

To visit Phnom Sompov, we may have to climb the mountain on foot. However, you have the option of renting a motorbike (3$ per person) or taking a car (12$).

-Pagoda: After walking for about 20 minutes through the jungle, we will reach the middle of mountain where we will see a pagoda. It has many beautiful paintings that tell the story of the Buddha.

Killing Cave:  Many people were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime. A good number were marched up to the top of the mountain and forced into a cave. It is a very somber experience.

Monkeys: You will see many monkeys jumping through the trees and playing on the ground.

 -The beautiful views: At the top of the mountain you will see lovely scenery and the flat landscape of Battambang. You will also see extensive green rice paddies. It is truly a breathtaking sight.

 

Stop 3: Bat Cave

When we arrive at the bottom of the mountain, it will be time to watch the bats take flight. It is incredible to watch an amazing and long line of bats fly out from the cave. Every evening, millions of bats fly to Tonle Sap Lake to feed on mosquitoes and insects to eat. They return to the cave before morning the next day.

Lastly, we might see the sunset and return to the hotel.

Customized tours: Design your own itinerary to suit your schedule and needs. The tour can be a full day, a half day (morning or evening) or two day tour (if you want to see everything there is in Battambang).

Other places of interest, for a two day tour:

– Wat Banan( temple and amazing cave)

-Winery

-Fruit bats

-Khmer traditional old house

-Suspension bridge

-Fishing village

-Crocodile farm

-Kom Ping  Pouy Lake

-Basat temple

 

We are happy to speak to you if you have questions, and to put together a memorable trip for you.

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