Battambang – a microcosm of Cambodia.

by Dominic Stafford

A microcosm of modern Cambodia. A mix of the old and the new. Locals treasure the traditional culture, and this pride can be seen on a daily basis. It’s different to other provincial capitals. Not as dusty, not as poor, not as boring, not as lost. Over the years, power of this old town has switched hands more times than one can count on one of them – the last being the French. The Sangker river threads through the middle, on it’s way from Pailin, and onward to the Tonle Sap lake. Crossing which, is the old railway, which can now only be ridden on small motorized bamboo beds. Battambang’s got it all. A strange place, but it’s unusual qualities hold elegance. I head back regularly…