Day Trip To Battambang, Cambodia
Pengalaman saya bercuti ke Siem Reap kali ini ada kelainannya sedikit kerana selain dari tempat-tempat yang biasa saya lawati di Siem Reap seperti Angkor Wat, Cultural Show, Floating Village Tonle Sap dan aktiviti Quad Bike, saya berkesempatan untuk pergi ke Battambang, day trip. Perjalanannya agak jauh, lebih kurang 4 jam sehala.
Sampai saja di bandar Battambang ini, anda akan nampak patung yang warna gelap di tengah round about sebagai lambang menandakan welcome. Tempat yang saya lawati sebaik tiba di Battambang ialah Phnom Banan, Phnom Sampou dan Phnom Ek. Di Phnom Sampou itu ada killing field yang agak menyeramkan. Tiketnya murah saja, usd3 anda dapat melawat ke 3 tempat itu.
Selepas itu, saya teruskan agenda ke station Bamboo Train pula. Kelakar juga bila tahu rupa bentuk bamboo train ini dan agak unik jugalah. Tempat ni happening..mat salleh ramai, memang tourist attraction
Battambang or Krong Battambang(Battambang City) is the capital city of Battambang province in north western Cambodia.
For nearly 100 years, it was a major commercial hub and provincial capital of Siamese province of Inner Cambodia (1795-1907), though it was always populated by Khmer with a mix of ethnic Vietnamese, Lao, Thai and Chinese. Still today Battambang is the main hub of the Northwest connecting the entire region with Phnom Penh and Thailand, and as such it’s a vital link to Cambodia.
Wat Banan Temple
This Angkor-era mountaintop temple is definitely worth a look. At the top are beautiful views of the winding Sangker River set amidst sugar palm trees, rice fields and small villages.
Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau
The killing caves of Phnom Sampeau are caves in Phnom Sampeau, a hill 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Battambang in Cambodia. Major atrocities occurred there during the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Many victims were bludgeoned to death and then tossed into holes which served as the skylights to the caves.
Men and women were placed in separate caves and clothes in another. Today there is a large glass memorial in the cave next to the skulls and bones and a golden reclining Buddha. It is reached via a staircase. A memorial, assembled from cyclone fencing and chicken wire, contains human bones at the base of the stairway.
Wat Ek Phnom
Situated about 10 km north of the Cobra Bridge are the ruins of Ek Phnom. It was built during the Bayon period and unfortunately is much worse for the wear than Phnom Banan. It’s an interesting place, however, because there is a freshly constructed working temple right in front of the ruins.
This temple, along with the temple ruins, is the center of holiday festivities for the people of the nearby village. They dress up in their Sunday best and have a celebration between the old and the new temples and climb all around the ruins with their families.
The ruins are on a very small hill so there is no workout involved in viewing them much of the temple is in shambles and was heavily looted. There are still some sitting Buddha images intact higher up on the walls.
Battambang’s bamboo train is one of the world’s all-time unique rail journeys. Each bamboo train – known in Khmer as a norry (nori) – consists of a 3m-long wooden frame, covered lengthwise with slats made of ultralight bamboo, that rest on two barbell-like bogies, the aft one connected by fan belts to a 6HP gasoline engine… klik SINI untuk cerita penuh..
Jika anda melancong ke Siem Reap, Cambodia… bolehlah melawat ke Battambang ni, sebab ada juga tempat menarik, tourist attraction, especially yang Bamboo Train tu Anda bolehlah survey tiket penerbangan murah ke Siem Reap di SINI dan hotel murah di SINI.