On the bus route from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is a town famous for its arachnoid cuisine. This provides an interesting photo opportunity, although I shied away from trying the delicacies on offer!
Battambang often features as a destination in its own right in Cambodia. But we were a bit disappointed by this colonial town, that didn’t offer anywhere near as much ambiance as we’d expected. We traveled to Trat (Thailand) from here the next day, and preferred Trat immensely. We did enjoy Gecko Cafe, which serves up a range of tasty Western fare as well as these excellent fruit smoothies. I should add we didn’t have time for the nearby bamboo train – so I can’t comment on that.
Crossing into Thailand
We traveled from Battambang to Trat very easily – we left the former at 9am and were in the latter by around 2pm. We traveled from Battambang to Pailin by shared taxi, but as our driver knew we were headed toward the border we switched taxi at a service station just before arriving into Pailin. Once at the border we had our passports stamped and walked across a bridge spanning a small stream to the Thai side. There was a bit of a wait on the Thai side. Once through, our plan had been to get a taxi to Chanthaburi and then a public bus to Trat. However a family were waiting to find extra passengers for a large shared taxi / minibus to go directly to Trat. It cost a bit more but we felt like it was the right thing to do – and it meant we had the rest of the day to explore Trat before heading on to Koh Kut the day after.