Battambang is a small sleepy colonial town, a couple of hours drive from Siem Reap. We caught up with Morrison and Robert at Bric a Brac, their new 3 bedroom hotel.
I knew them from my time at Design Hotels and found out by chance that they moved from Sydney to Battambang last year. As they spend most of their time in Asia for work, they had been considering a move for some years and felt Battambang ticked all the boxes. The guys wear many hats and one of them is hosting foodie tours in Burma and Vietnam through their company, The Globetrotting Gourmet.
Battambang is less commercial and more authentically Cambodian. It's a great place to relax for a couple of days after visiting Angkor Wat.
Image Courtesy of Bric-a-Brac
The old town centre is home to some of the best preserved French colonial architecture in Cambodia and UNESCO is currently considering adding the town to the World Heritage List.
Robert and Morrison bought one of the colonial houses to create a home and workspace and...
It's strange to realise that our adventure has finally started. After 2 quick nights in KL we are now in Siem Reap, the biggest tourist destination in Cambodia, thanks to Angkor Wat. We had only booked a hotel for 3 nights but quickly decided to extend to a total of 8 nights. We plan to spend a month in Cambodia but haven't yet made any plans. With time we will hopefully settle into this new travelling life and realise it's not a 2 week holiday where you have to see all the sights and relax in a hurry.
The temples of Angkor Wat are spread over a huge area. We were lucky to catch 2 programs on SBS just before leaving Perth that gave a good overview. The temples really are awe-inspiring. Some have been partly restored so you get an idea of what it would have looked like originally, however a lot of the charm lies in their crumbled state and in the way the buildings fuse with the jungle.
Even with 100s of other tourists you still have a sense of discovery. Most of the temples were f...