The Tonle Sap is one of the freshwater lakes of Southeast Asia. It is the largest wet land more in the entire world. The lake has many types of fish and a single BIODIVERSITY. The lake dates from 5100-5600 years ago. In the Cambodian diet, fish provides more than 75% of the protein. There is a floating city where they live off water and their crops, and the stilt houses are on the lake shore. The level of the water can differ by several meters between dry season and the rainy season, depending.
Battambang is a good place to visit while you are in Cambodia, it is a place far from the tourist trail, which can be reached by bus or as in my case by boat from Siem Reap, Batambang has the style and flavor of a pleasant provincial town, moving between French colonial architecture, the river, and the surrounding rice fields. Several miles from the city, by bike you can go to the mountain of Phnom Banan, it has beautiful sculptures and temples, you can cross the mountains and visit incredible villages which stimulate any traveller. In Battambang you can visit, if you fancy, the Catholic mission where for decades Fgaredo Kike, a Jesuit priest, has been helping people with problems caused by antiperson mines, lack of opportunities, and problems with poverty. Another tourist attraction is the bamboo train, a kind of wagon that will take you to enjoy the speed, the scenery and the adventure
Battambang is the temple complex Sampeu Phnon which stands on top of a rock outcrop, offering a spectacular view over the rice fields. You can visit the pagoda and the caves of Phnom Sampeu extermination camps that are now a place of pilgrimage. Going beneath the temple, you will find yourself in a cave where you can see a reclining Buddha and also the resting place of bones and skulls of Cambodians ve were tortured, killed and thrown through the skylight roof by the Khmer Rouge. This is another example of the horror of the Khmer Rouge regime and the suffering of the Cambodian people during the dictatorship.
In Cambodia there some of these trains, which are doomed to disappear, can still be found. A bamboo train (norry or lorry in Khmer) is nothing more than a wooden platform about 3 meters long with bamboo slats that sits on a kind of barbell that is moving on the rails. The rear bar is connected to a belt and a 6 horsepower motor. That's it! On this platform 10 to 15 passengers or any type of merchandise can fit. Since there is only one rail, one (usually the one with the least passengers) are removed when two trains meet head to head. It is worth taking a trip on this type of train in the evening and enjoy the spectacular scenery of rice fields and bridges through which the track runs. A 3,7 kilometer trip from the city of Battambang to O Dambong (about 3.7 km) is a most enjoyable experience.
One of the views that can be seen from Battamban, is Wat Ek Phnom, Phnom Sampeau and Phnom Banan and sine you can buy a ticket for all three sites for just $2. We rented a scooter to be able to move around the three sites on our own. The temple of Wat Ek Phnom is actually a ruined temple, beside which there is a pagoda and a really tall Buddha. All this just 20 km from Battambang. Compared with other Cambodian temples (especially after seeing Angkor) this is an interesting temple, but, at least for me, the most interesting thing is that on the way to the temple you can see how they make rice paper in the villages, dried to leave on bamboo panels. Locals also let it dry on thin slices of banana.
The meeting market (Psar Nat) is in the city center. I particularly love markets because they are always full of activity and a place where locals go all day. Is packed with fruit, meat, fish etc.. I also love the food stalls in the evening when the people come to buy the prepared food. Wow, it is typical in many cities in Asia people eat on the street. Also in the market are many food stalls where you sit to eat for only $ 1 or $ 2.