Top things to do in Battambang Cambodia December 11, 2018 Battambang City Guide: Top things to do Got a couple of days up your sleeve in Battambang and looking for a few suggestions? These are some of our favourite things to do outside of the Social cycles itinerary! Food Culture Shop Avoid Battambang City Guide: Things to do Got a couple of days up your sleeve in Battambang and looking for a few suggestions? These are some of our favourite things to do outside of the Social Cycles itinerary! Food Culture Shop Avoid Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Food Jaan Bai. Undoubtedly the best restaurant in town. Supporting local NGO, Cambodian Childrens Trust, this restaurant is as good for top end Asian fusion food at very reasonable prices. Highly recommended. Google Map Link. and Instagram Page. Kinyei Cafe. Best coffee in town if you’re missing a latte etc. Good breakfast and lunch menu with healthy salads. Part of the Social Enterprise, Feel Good group. See the website, Google map link. 2 1/2 street. This street is worth walking down. Madison corner pub has good burgers and beers. WoodHouse is a nice little bar. There’s a coffee and waffle house, a nice wine bar and great cocktails at Lotus. Walk from the market to Madison corner and enjoy everything in between. Choco L’Art Cafe. Perfect for something sweet after dinner. Great cakes, coffees and hot chocolate. Good range of crepes also. Doubles as an art gallery from local artists, with pieces for sale. Google Map Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Culture Phare Circus. Battambang is the birth place of Phare Circus. This is where the school and the NGO is set up. The circus is on site, with an opportunity to visit the art gallery prior to the show. Highly recommended if you have the time. You can book through your hotel or on the door. Map link. The Bat Cave and Phnom Sampov. About 16km directly out of town, this temple on top of the hill provides quite a walk (from the base), but with stunning views. You’ll go past the bat caves at dusk. Watch out for the monkeys. Google Map link Cooking Class. Handicraft and silk weaving ‘craft it yourself’ packages are available through this social enterprise based vocational training centre. See the Facebook Page here. Art Galleries Battambang is the emerging artistic hub of Cambodia, and as a result, there are a few cafes/galleries displaying the work of local artists. Have a look out for Kinyei Cafe, Choco L’Art, Sangker Art Space, Tep Kao Sol, Lotus Bar & Make Maek. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Shopping Bric-a-Brac Great little shop, full of nifty gift ideas. Attached is a lovely little wine bar where you can sit by the street and watch the world go by. Lovely Aussie couple as owners. Google Map link La Fabrik. Another little shop, full of nice gift ideas that aren’t tacky (or touristy). Marketed more towards female market, think jewelry and little nic-nacs. Google Map. The Gecko. Next door to Vintage restaurant (decent place for Western style food) on the riverfront. Lots of rustic and antique style jewelry and gift ideas. Google Map Psar Nat Central Market. Locals market but worth a wander through. Decent variety of fresh fruit and vegetable, meats, clothes, jewlry and other bits and pieces. There’sa few stals if you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch. Google Map link. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Avoid Giving money to poor children. A lot of children selling items or begging will tell you they need the money to go to school. The reality is that the money received keeps the kids from going to school. Read more about this sad and unfortunate scam here. Visiting an orphanage. Orphanages are not tourist attractions. Donations can actually increase the amount of orphans in Cambodia, not help them. Read more about the issue here, and learn more about better ways to help here. Short term volunteering. Unless you have a unique specialized skill, short term volunteering rarely has a positive impact, and can often have a negative impact. We’d recommend a minimum of 3 months to volunteer and only to train local adults in your speciality. Read more here. Riding an elephant. We’d recommend against it. In order to tame a wild elephant to allow tourists to ride on it, it must go through a cruel and aggressive process as a baby. The Asian elephant is actually endangered in the wild. Riding elephants only hurts them. Share this adventure Share on facebook Facebook Share on whatsapp WhatsApp Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on google Google+ Share on stumbleupon StumbleUpon Share on email Email Got a question? 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