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Battambang - Cambodia's 2nd Largest City

Team flew out from Siem Reap this morning and I left to go back to Phnom Penh via Battmbang. It was only a 3 hour bus ride via Sisophon & cost $5 on Paramount Express. Crazy driver who had to dodge lots of cows on the road & stopped the bus for a toilet break & everyone just went behind a bush & the ladies wrapped their sarongs around themselves & squatted in full view of the bus !!

Jumped on a moto and checked out a few guesthouses & ended up at the Holiday Hotel & got an aircon room for $14 a night.

Went out walking to explore the town & headed for he riverfront . French colonial buildings line the streets of the Sangker River & a couple have been beautifully restored. The river is quite low & everywhere is dry & dusty.

Walked a long way in the heat of the middle of the day, in really high humidity with sweat running off me. A couple of times it sprinkled rain - I was hoping it would pour just to cool down. Walked past the old French Governers building to the Riverside Balcony restaurant. It is a lovely old wooden house overlooking the river but it wasn't open till 4pm.

Heading back to the main part of town would have loved to jump on the back of a moto but when you finally want one they are never around!! Passed heaps of kids swimming in the river that would call out "hello"

Made it to a lovely cafe called Gecko & s upstairs on the balcony overlooking another restored french building with their steep shingle roof. After cooling down with a drink I put my head on the table & fell asleep! Literally couldn't move for the next 2 hours as I was so tired.

By 4pm felt I could face the heat again as it was cooling down. Hired a bike downstairs for $1 & rode around town on the other side of the river as well as around the markets. People very friendly - kids calling out & a boy rode beside me & chatted to practice his english.

Back to Geckos I booked my bus ticket to PP on the "luxury bus" for $7!!! Early dinner of coke & chips & back to my nice air con room for an early night

Toilet stop

Toilet stop


Bushes where everyone headed

Bushes where everyone headed


Beautiful restored building

Beautiful restored building


Unrestored next to restored

Unrestored next to restored


Riverside Balcony Restaurant

Riverside Balcony Restaurant


Opposite Geckoes Cafe

Opposite Geckoes Cafe


Verandah of Geckoes where I slept

Verandah of Geckoes where I slept


Geckoes Verandah

Geckoes Verandah


Geckoes

Geckoes


Me

Me


Bike Riding

Bike Riding


River

River


Bridges over the river

Bridges over the river


Sunset from the guesthouse

Sunset from the guesthouse


Sunset

Sunset

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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