Contemporary Arts & Culture of Battambang

Contemporary Arts &
Culture of Battambang

Discover the contemporary art and ancient architecture of Battambang, a colonial
city with a burgeoning arts scene. View exquisite temple murals and explore
art galleries by remork to meet emerging artists and curators.


At the core of Battambang’s charm lies a network of charming old French shophouses clustered along the riverbanks. Founded in the 11th century, this former capital of the once powerful Monton Kmer is located along the small Sangker River and it is surrounded by verdant rice fields. The peaceful city is home to some beautiful temples, heritage buildings and well-preserved architecture dating back to the French occupation.

In the last decade, Battambang has blossomed into an impressive arts hub as students and graduates from local art schools open up contemporary art spaces. An ever-growing movement of artists, painters and sculptors are settling themselves in the city and expanding their presence through the abundant galleries, boutiques, cafes and bars.


Contemporary Arts & Culture of Battambang

08:00 - 18:00

In the morning, the driver and guide will collect you from the hotel and take you out of Battambang in the direction of one of the city’s most cherished temples. The 11th century Wat Ek Phnom is home to a number of monks who are housed in a nearby modern monastery. The huge Buddha image, the lily ponds and the peaceful location make this a popular place for locals. The pagoda contains a beautiful collection of exquisite murals and ceiling paintings.

After enjoying a local lunch at a Battambang restaurant, the afternoon is reserved for exploring the artistic side of the city. Your means of transport will be a remork, a Cambodian tuk-tuk which is pulled by a motorbike and is one of the best ways to navigate the city streets.

Your driver and guide will take you to various galleries to witness the burgeoning art scene. At a leading gallery there will be a presentation from the curator. At a local studio, you can watch a fabulous movie screening made by Khmer artists. In Tep Kao Sol, owned by eccentric Cambodian artist Loeum Lorn, you can view photographs of his unusual art works made from melting coloured ice.

Throughout the afternoon, you will gain an insight into the creative thoughts and processes of the residing artists and also learn what attracts them to this sleepy and charming city.

At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by local transport (tuk tuk) with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Battambang. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Siem Reap, Poipet, Sisophon, and Tonle Sap Lake and are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Transportation during this tour is by an open-air tuk tuk, locally known as a Remork. An authentic 3-wheeled motorized vehicle with space for maximum 2 clients per vehicle. Note that these vehicles do not have air-conditioning.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • Gallery visits in the afternoon in Battambang may be on joining basis with other visitors; it may be prohibited to take pictures of the displayed art at the galleries we’re visiting; please ask permission from the curator or the artist beforehand whether photography is permitted
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour does not include a ride on the famous bamboo train.


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