Rice Fields and Hidden Temples – Thailand to Cambodia

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationBattambang

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Overview

Experience the elegant riverside cities and mystical temples of neighbouring Cambodia on this journey from Thailand to Battambang. The area is known as the "rice bowl of Cambodia" due to the fertile soil. You'll stay in a comfortable resort just outside the city centre and go on an excursion through the neighbourhoods of Battambang. You'll see the famous Bamboo train, visit hidden temples and stop at small local villages where you'll see how sticky rice and banana paper is made. This trip finishes in Battambang, where we can extend your time in Cambodia with a visit to Angkor Wat.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transfers from Battambang to Trat
  • Guided tour of the area

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Trat - Thai/Cambodia Border - Battambang

You’ll begin your journey from Trat, after a bumpy ride in a private car you’ll reach the border after about three-hours. After one last look over your shoulder at Thailand, you’ll cross over on foot. The border is nothing more than a gate and two small offices on both sides. A driver will be waiting on the other side to take you to Battambang. Despite being the country’s second largest city Battambang is quite rural, full of crumbling French colonial architecture and has a lively market that people from all around come to visit. You’ll spend the night in a comfortable resort with a swimming pool, just outside the city centre.

Trat - Thai/Cambodia Border - Battambang

Guided Tour

Today you’ll join a small group of other travellers and travel to the outskirts of the city to learn more about rural life in the region. Due it’s fertile soil this area is known as the “rice bowl of Cambodia”. Your first port of call; a trip on the Bamboo train, this train is nothing more than a small platform made from bamboo, a chassis and a small motor. Still, it’s a unique experience and shouldn’t be missed. You’ll continue your trip through authentic villages where you’ll watch sticky rice and fish paste being made and learn how the local people make bananas into paper.

Guided Tour

Your next stop is Wat Ek Phnom. This was once considered to be one of the finest temples in the Angkor period. In the days of the Khmer Rouge, the temple was used as a prison. Today, many of the walls have collapsed and the temple is overgrown with grass and bushes. However you can still get an idea of how impressive it must have looked. After lunch at the river, you’ll continue to the Killing Caves (Phnom Sampeou). The beauty of this temple is the view, from the two pagodas you can look out over the surrounding countryside, the green rice fields and karst mountains. In the afternoon you’ll return to your hotel and mull over your day as you relax by the pool.

Family sitting in front of their house in Battambang Cambodia

Departure from Battambang

Today is the last leg of your Battambang travels so take one last wander through the area and let the country rhythm of life win you over. This trip will finish in Battambang after breakfast.

Departure from Battambang
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