Battambang is both a region and a capital – and an unmissable destination in Cambodia. The wider region is known for its natural beauty, which is dotted with a number of historic temples. While they may not be as famous as those in the Angkor archaeological zone, they are just as historic. The city of Battambang, which is large by Cambodian standards, also offers a glimpse into the country’s colonial past. You’ll also find a selection of restaurants, shops, and nightlife, as well as a few surprises like a beautiful art gallery which was started by four disadvantaged young artists and has grown to be one of the top art spaces in South East Asia.