Five hours northwest of Phnom Penh (eight by a Cambodian bus) is a quiet, beautiful city called Battambang.
Battambang is a nice place to escape the hustle of Phnom Penh, and what the city lacks in tourist attractions it makes up for with its breathtaking country terrain. There are not a lot of things to do in Battambang, but one of the main reasons people come to the city is to see another side of Cambodia, separate from the urban terrain of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and completely different than the beaches at Sihanoukville.
Soksabike in Battambang has livelihood tours that allows you to bike through the Cambodian countryside and see firsthand the local people working the land and creating traditional Cambodian products such as rice paper, dried banana, and more. During the tours, you also stop to see some temples and other unforgettable attractions, and you even get to have lunch in one of the local family’s houses.
Soksabike is a company that believes in sustainability. They believe in eco-tourism, and they even won the 2015 Responisble Tourism award.
But if you can’t make one of their tours, just rent a bike and go exploring into the Cambodian countryside. The land around Battambang is stunning, and can make you really appreciate the value of sustainable, eco-friendly travel.
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