|— Province —|
|• Governor of Battambang||Prach Chan (since October 2009)|
|• Total||11,702.0 km2 (4,518.2 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 5th|
|• Rank||Ranked 4th|
|• Density||89/km2 ( 230/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||Ranked 12th|
|Time zone||Cambodia Standard Time (UTC+7)|
|ISO 3166 code||KH-2|
Battambang is a western provinces (khaet) of Cambodia. Neighboring provinces are (from west clockwise) Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Pursat. To the west it borders the Thai province of Chanthaburi. The province features a range of cultures as well as natural resources, and is relatively fertile. Battambang is located some 350 kilometers west of Phnom Penh and occupies an area of 11,702 square kilometers. Seventy five percent of the area is jungles and mountains. The area has a tropical climate.
Battambang means means lost of staff in Khmer. When Battambang fell under the Siamese sphere of influence is was known as Phra Tabong which mean the staff of "Phra".
Local government entities within the province are the two towns, and 12 subdistrict municipalities
Wat Ek Phnom
Wat Ek Phnom an atmospheric, partly collapsed, 11th-century temple situated 11 km north of Battambang, measures 52m by 49m and is surrounded by the remains of a laterite wall and an ancient baray (reservoir). A lintel showing the Churning of the Ocean of Milk can be seen above the east entrance to the central temple, whose upper flanks hold some fine bas-reliefs. Construction of the giant Buddha statue next door has been stopped by the government because, they say, it mars the site’s timeless beauty. This is a very popular picnic and pilgrimage destination for Khmers at festival times.
Wat Banan located some 25 km south of Battambong City is like a smaller version of the rather more illustrious Angkor Wat. Built in the 10th century, it is very popular at weekends with Khmer families out on picnics.
The direct flights fly from Phnom Penh to Battambang everyday. Currently, the services is operated by one airline from Phnom Penh International Airport.
Cambodia Angkor Air
- Phnom Penh (PNH) 10:10 am arr. Battambang (BBM) 11:40 am (daily)
- Battambang (BBM) 12:10 am arr. Phnom Penh (PNH) 1:40 pm (daily)
- Battambang - The Rice Bowl of Cambodia (Official Website of the Provincial Town Battambang on www.battambang-town.gov.kh) (Khmer) (English)
- Battambang Provincial Resources
||Sa Kaeo Province||Banteay Meanchey Province||Siem Reap Province|
Chanthaburi Province, Thailand
|Siem Reap Province|
|Trat Province, Thailand||Pursat Province||Pursat Province|