How to get in and out of Battambang, rent bicycles or motos, plus our favorite tuk tuk tours.
Battambang is a walkable city, in that most of the Western-oriented business are centered in the blocks around and to the south of Psar Nath. Pick up a free copy of the Siem Reap Canby guide, they have a small Battambang section with a good map that can help you navigate.
That said, most of the sightseeing is outside of town and you’re best off hiring a tuk tuk for a day or half day. For a tuk tuk driver and guide, prices range between $10 and $15 for a half day and $18 to 25 for a full day. You get what you pay for, and the drivers who speak the best English and act as much as guides as drivers charge on the high end of that scale.
Nicky is a friendly and interesting Battambang tour guide who speaks excellent English. He can do half-day or full-day tours to show you the “real Cambodia,” including the gorgeous countryside around Battambang, as well as the most popular local tourist attractions, including the bamboo train, Ek Phnom, Phnom Banan, and Phnom Sampeou. Nicky seems to know everyone in town, so he’s also great for helping organize onward travel (he can get you a deal on a taxi). He charges $15 for a half day and $25 for a full day and can take between one and five passengers. You can find him on Facebook by searching for “Nicky Tuk Tuk Battambang.”
T: 077 714 785
E: [email protected]
Samnang is an incredibly friendly tuk tuk driver who speaks excellent English. He’s a skilled tour guide as well as a good driver and can come up with a tour tailored to your interests. For example, foodies can visit the home of a family that makes rice noodles for the popular Cambodian dish num banh chok, see the making of rice wine and rice paper wrappers for spring rolls, learn how local banana chips are made, see the fish market, and visit the local winery. He also does more typical tours of Ek Phnom, Phnom Sampeou, Phnom Banan, etc. Samnang’s tuk tuk is quite large and can comfortably seat four or five people. Prices range from $15 to $25 for a half or full day, depending on the itinerary. He’s very popular and lives out of town, so try and call him a day or so in advance to reserve a tour.
T: 012 687 098 (new number)
Rith is fluent in English and can give half or full day tours by tuk tuk, but he also has a 12-seater minivan, so can handle large groups. He is based in Battambang and can do tours there, but is also available for going elsewhere in Cambodia. His Battambang tours start at $15 for a half day and visit the new bamboo train, Phnom Sampov temple and to see the bats, and a full day tour starts at $25 and can go to Ek Phnom temple and the crocodile farm, and to see rice paper, banana chips, and rice wine being made, among other stops. You can contact Rith by email at [email protected]
Getting around Battambang
If you’re not looking for a tour and just want to go somewhere specific, you can easily flag down a tuk tuk. We’ve got a handy guide for everything you need to know about how to take a tuk tuk in Cambodia. If you just have one or two people, you can also use the Grab app (it’s the Southeast Asian answer to Uber) and hail an Indian-style tuk tuk that seats two, as seen in the photo at the top of the page. You will need to pay in cash whether you hail a tuk tuk in person or via the app, and they will almost certainly not have change so be prepared with small bills.
Battambang bicycle and moto rentals
You can rent bicycles for $2 per day through Soksabike, which is located in the Kinyei coffeeshop. They also rent mountain bikes for $5 per day, as well as offering a range of different bike tours around the countryside.
Open daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Street 1.5, Battambang
T: 017 860 003
The Gecko rents motos for $7 per day or $5 per half day (fewer than 5 hours). Rates include a helmet.
Open daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
T: 089 924 260
Battambang Bike offers a range of bike tours of Battambang, including architectural tours and custom-made tours. They also rent bicycles for $2 per day, including the use of a helmet.
Open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
60 Street 2.5, Battambang
T:098 830 868; 095 578 878; 097 482 4104
Getting to and from Battambang
How to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh (and vice-versa)
Check out our detailed blog post for information on how to go from Phnom Penh to Battambang (or Battambang to Phnom Penh) by taxi, bus, or mini-bus.
How to get from Siem Reap to Battambang (and vice-versa)
How to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville (and vice-versa)
We cover all the ways to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville (and vice-versa) whether you want to travel overland or combine flights and buses to save time.
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