The only way to travel direct by public transport from Siem Reap to Battambang is to travel by bus or minivan. By bus the journey from Siem Reap to Battambang is scheduled to take from 3 to 4 hours depending upon which service you take.
Bus Times from Siem Reap to Battambang
There are currently 5 direct services a day from Siem Reap to Battambang available to book online.
|08:00||12:00||$ 10||Bus||Virak Buntham Express|
|09:30||13:30||$ 13||Van||Go Ho Travel|
|12:00||16:00||$ 10||Bus||Virak Buntham Express|
|16:00||20:00||$ 10||Bus||Virak Buntham Express|
|13:30||17:30||$ 13||Van||Go Ho Travel|
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Siem Reap Virak Buntham Express Bus Stop
- Virak Buntham Express services from Siem Reap to Battambang depart from next to Nakpeoun Old Market roundabout, St. Sevot Tha, Svay District, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Battambang Virak Buntham Express Bus Stop
- Virak Buntham Express services from Siem Reap to Battambang terminate at St. 106 Corner Street 101, Krong Battambang, Cambodia.
About Travel to Battambang
Battambang is a wonderful relaxed town with a interesting range of Khmer, Thai and French architecture and a wide river flowing through the centre. The central square of the town features a large market (Pasar Nat) constructed during the French Colonial era, around which are located many of the town’s best hotels and restaurants. At the southern end of the square is cluster of French style buildings, many of which now house boutique style cafes and restaurants selling European inspired drinks and foods.
For the quality of the accommodation and the food, Battambang represents excellent value for money and the city has attracted a significant number of long stay foreign visitors. Battambang’s location on the main road and rail routes between the Thai border at Poipet and the Phnom Phnom also make it a great place to stay for a stay to break up the journey to and from Thailand.
Battambang itself has a small range of tourist attractions. Wandering around the city centre and looking at the French and Thai style architecture is interesting. The former Governor’s Residence to the south of the main square is well visiting. This building, which dates back to the period when Battambang was under Thai rule, contains some interesting museum style displays. Also worth visiting is Wat Sangker on the other side of the river. Wat Sangker is a modern Buddhist temple built around the Khmer era Sangke Pagoda the features lots of Khmer style embellishments.
The main tourists attractions in the area, however, are located outside the town. The foremost of these is Wat Ek Phnom, which is a large Angkor period temple located just over 9 km to the north of Battambang. Phnom Sampeau (Sampeau hill), located 15 km to the south west of Battambang, is also interesting. Phnom Sampeau is one of the sites used by the Khmer Rouge for the brutal mass murder of a significant proportion of the local population. Phnom Sampeau has a number of caves. In some the bones of the victims of the Khmer Rouge are on display, in others are statues and carvings of the Lord Buddha, and the three highest caves are full of bats which fly out of the caves in massive numbers every day at sunset.