Updated April 19th, 2018.
Join us on a walking tour of Battambang city!
Battambang is home to some of the best preserved colonial architecture in Indochina. On this walking tour, along with a knowledgeable student guide, you will explore Battambang’s fascinating architecture, history, and culture, which has been shaped by Khmer, French, and Chinese influences. We will also take you to numerous places of interest and explain the historical and cultural significance of each spot to the development of Battambang.
This walking tour bears sentimental value for many of us at Butterfly Tours, as it is one our oldest and most beloved tours. Many of our guides have grown up or lived in Battambang for a long time, so they know the city extremely well and love it like only a local can. Rest assured you will be in great, knowledgeable hands while on this walking tour!
Meet: 4pm. Finish: 6.30pm. Distance: 4-5km.
- Our walking tour begins at the famous Phsar Nath, Battambang’s Central Market, located in the centre of the town. Phsar Nath is a local market selling a variety of food, clothes, household goods etc. housed in a French modernist building designed in the 1930s. Soak up the atmosphere here in the market and maybe buy a few tasty local snacks as your guide explains the history of the building.
- After the market, we will then walk towards some of Battambang’s most well-known architectural structures, including the National Bank, the Governer’s House and the French shop-houses along roads 1 and 1.5, which are all in varying states of decline.
- Your guide will highlight the interesting mix of Khmer and French architecture – a reflection of Battambang’s rich, eclectic history.
- As we walk past Battambang’s famous ‘Ta Dumbong’ statue of a giant man holding a black stick. You’ll learn the story of how Battambang got its name.
- We’ll then visit the old stone bridge, and then your guide will lead you to a pagoda, where you will be able to observe locals going about their day to day lives.