The capital of Battambang province and Cambodia’s second largest city, Battambang, a former military stronghold, is the jumping off point for tours to Pailin, Koh Kong and circuits of the Tonle Sap or great lake. With a decidedly Thai feel to the town — a feeling that increases noticeably the closer you get to the border — the sprawling riverside town has a strong cowboy feel. As you arrive from Siem Reap there is the feeling that you should be pulling up outside a saloon and tying your bike up to the parking pole outside.
Points Onward & Riding Conditions
Around Battambang: (Novice)
The roads around Battambang are all graded and flat. Inside the town roads are paved.
The road to Sisophon is a quick, flat, gravel track.
The road to Pailin is rough but decent. From Pailin to anywhere in Koh Kong is strictly for experts only. With guides.
Phnom Penh: (Novice)
From Battambang to Kompong Chnang, the dirt road is mostly flat by travelled by large, dust-kicking lorries. From there on to Phnom Penh is blacktop in decent condition.