Battambang (Khmer: បាត់ដំបង, IPA: [ˌɓat ɗɑm ˈɓɑːŋ], "A Lost Stick") is a province (khaet) of Cambodia located in the far northwest. Bordering provinces are Banteay Meanchey to the north, Pursat to the east and south, Siem Reap to the northeast, and Pailin to the west. The northern and southern extremes of the province's western boundaries form part of the international border with Thailand. In addition, Tonle Sap forms part of the northeastern boundary between Siem Reap and Pursat. Its capital and largest city is Battambang.
With a population of 1,036,523, it ranks as the third most populous province. In land area, Battambang is the fifth largest province of Cambodia. Battambang is one of the provinces included in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. The province's fertile rice fields have led to a mostly agricultural economy giving rise to the moniker "the Rice Bowl of Cambodia". The province features a range of cultures as well as natural resources. Seventy five percent of the area is jungles and mountains. The area has a tropical climate.
Map of Cambodia highlighting Battambang Province
|• Governor||Nguon Ratanak (CPP)|
|• Total||11,702.0 km2 (4,518.2 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 5th|
|• Rank||Ranked 3rd|
|• Density||89/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||Ranked 13th|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (Cambodia Standard Time)|
|ISO 3166 code||KH-2|
Battambang literally means "Loss of Staff" in Khmer, referring to the local legend of Preah Bat Dambang Kranhoung. Stone inscriptions discovered from pre-Angkorian and Angkorian eras have as yet not mentioned any contemporary villages or districts called "Battambang" but according to the document Mohachun Khmer, "Srok Battambang" (Battambang district) was used during the Angkor and post-Angkor eras.
Local government entities within the province include the two towns and 12 subdistrict municipalities
Wat Ek Phnom (Khmer: វត្តឯកភ្នំ) is a partly collapsed 11th-century temple situated 11 km north of Battambang. The temple measures 52m by 49m and is surrounded by the remains of a laterite wall and an ancient baray (reservoir). A lintel depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk is situated above the east entrance to the central temple, the upper flanks of which hold some finely carved bas-reliefs. Construction of an oversized Buddha statue began by locals next to the temple has been stopped by the government because, they say, it mars the site’s historical provenance and "timeless beauty". Wat Ek Phnum is a very popular picnic and pilgrimage destination for Khmers at festival times.
Wat Banan (Khmer: ភ្នំបាណន់), located some 25 km south of Battambang City, has been likened to a smaller version of the more imposing Angkor Wat. Built in the 10th century, it is very popular at weekends with Khmer families out on picnics.
Battambang is accessible by road, and by boat via the Sangkea River. Both the airport and railway line are not in use. Buses make 5-6 hour journey from Phnom Penh and the 3-4 hour journey from Siem Reap almost hourly.
Ek Phnom (Khmer: ស្រុកឯកភ្នំ, "First Mountain") is a district (srok) of Battambang Province, in north western Cambodia. The name means "only hill" in Khmer.Andaeuk Haeb
Andaeuk Haeb (Khmer: ឃុំអណ្តើកហែប) is a khum (commune) of Rotanak Mondol District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Banan District, Battambang Province
Banan District (Khmer: ស្រុកបាណន់) is a district of Battambang Province, in north-western Cambodia.Chaeng Mean Chey
Chaeng Mean Chey (Khmer: ឃុំ ចែងមានជ័យ) is a khum (commune) of Banan District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Chheu Teal
Chheu Teal (Khmer: ឃុំ ឈើទាល) is a khum (commune) of Banan District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Kampong Lpou
Kampong Lpou is a khum (commune) of Samlout District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Kampong Preah
Kampong Preah (Khmer: ឃុំកំពង់ព្រះ) is a khum (commune) of Sangkae District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Kamrieng (commune)
Kamrieng is a khum (commune) of Kamrieng District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Kdol Doun Teav
Kdol Doun Teav is a khum (commune) of Battambang District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Norea, Cambodia
Norea (Khmer: ឃុំនរា) is a khum (commune) of Sangkae District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Ou Char
Ou Char (Khmer: ឃុំអូរចារ) is a khum (commune) of Battambang District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Peam Aek
Peam Aek is a khum (commune) of Aek Phnum District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Close to this place is the temple site of Wat Ek Phnom.Phnum Sampov
Phnum Sampov (Khmer: ឃុំ ភ្នំសំពៅ) is a khum (commune) of Banan District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Prey Touch
Prey Touch is a khum (commune) of Moung Ruessei District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Prey Tralach
Prey Tralach is a khum (commune) of Moung Ruessei District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Reang Kesei
Reang Kesei (Khmer: ឃុំរាំងកេសី) is a khum (commune) of Sangkae District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Samraong Knong
Samraong Knong is a khum (commune) of Aek Phnum District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Ta Sda
Ta Sda is a khum (commune) of Sampov Loun District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.Traeng
Traeng (Khmer: ឃុំត្រែង) is a khum (commune) of Rotanak Mondol District in Battambang Province in north-western Cambodia.
Places adjacent to Battambang Province