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Exploring Battambang’s art and architecture

This three-hour tour is perfect for art and architecture lovers, as you’ll get to visit Battambang’s galleries and colonial buildings…

Chinda Ney
Siem Reap branch manager, Asian Trails, Alfred&'s partner in Cambodia

Battambang art gallery

Battambang is emerging as one of Cambodia’s most beautiful cultural treasures. This three-hour tour is perfect for art and architecture lovers, as you’ll get to visit galleries and French colonial buildings in the walking district, especially along famous Street 2.5. You can expect to see everything from vibrant street art to local markets, a Chinese temple, modern galleries and a vintage cinema.

Battambang, Cambodia’s third city, has a large population of artists, many of whom graduated from the NGO-run Phare Ponleu Selpak Visual Arts School. Their work is often featured in the city’s galleries and exhibition spaces. On the tour, we’ll take you by tuk tuk to Sangker Gallery, where you’ll receive a welcome drink and tour of the artwork. There’s even a chance to meet with a local artist who’ll tell you all about the thriving art scene in Battambang.

We’ll also make stops at some of Battambang’s other galleries. These could include Tep Kao Sal, which is known for its watercolours and exhibition of Lorn Loeum’s incredible ice art, and the Lotus Gallery. This restored colonial building is an arts venue as well as a popular restaurant and bar. I personally like visiting galleries because it’s like entering someone else’s universe and I love to share my knowledge of Battambang’s art scene.

Guests really enjoy walking through the historical streets and seeing the traditional lifestyle, browsing food stands and strolling along the riverside. You’ll get to see grand colonial buildings and 11th century architecture, as well as the Psar Nat Central Market and a decorative Chinese temple. The area isn’t touristy and you’ll encounter lots of locals who’ll make you feel part of the neighbourhood and its traditions.

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Alfred & Chinda Ney

Chinda lives in Siem Reap and has worked in the travel and tourism industry for over 15 years. Her experience includes working for high-end hotels and as a hospitality and tourism teacher. Chinda is now the Asian Trails branch manager for Siem Reap and is passionate about providing stellar tours for guests that showcase Cambodia’s unique culture. Chinda also loves to travel and has explored much of Southeast Asia, from Thailand to Singapore and Malaysia.
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