Angkor Ban - The Hometown of Ancient Wooden Houses
by Top Mekong Cruises Mar 02, 2017
Located along the Mekong River, Angkor Ban is a khum meaning commune of Sampov loun District in north-western Cambodia. It’s not a tourist hub. But it is worth paying a visit to the village to enjoy the rustic life in remote areas in Cambodia in which variety of century-year-old wooden houses still exist.
I,HISTORY OF ANGKOR BAN VILLAGE IN CAMBODIA
Under the rule of Khmer Rouge, Angkor Ban was chosen to be their billet. The buildings in this village were used as housing and storage. Thus, while almost infrastructures in Cambodia were destroyed, the wooden houses in this village still exist until today. It seems that there’s no village in Cambodia remaining the testament to the long history of Cambodian as Angkor Ban.
II, THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN ANGKOR BAN
Angkor Ban enables you to enjoy new experiences of a living without chic shops, restaurants, highways, traffic jam, bustle which you are familiar with in the modern life. It welcomes you by its rural life with fresh air, lush green trees, village cows grazing on the fields and friendly residents.
The lives of local people in Angkor Ban take place around their houses. The wooden houses are built on stilts which brings people many benefits. When it rains this kind of structure can help the local stay out of mud and feel more comfortable when it’s hot. Moreover, there will be space below their home where residents can make use of to store agricultural implements, for example, carts. People believe that blue is lucky color, thus it’s not surprising as you find out that all houses have doors and windows painted blue. According to the local, it is a way to allow happiness to enter the home. The internal space is quite large. Like other houses today, it also has bedroom, living room and kitchen. Except for wooden floor, in some places in the house there are see-through bamboo floors which support the air circulation and light in winter and summer.
Cows sitting in front of local wooden houses in Angkor Ban
In Angkor Ban Village Cambodia, you also can find a pagoda built in Khmer style. It’s Angkor Ban Pagoda which is dedicated for the Buddha. This two-storey pagoda surrounded by many stupas decorated with beautiful patterns. The monks will also give blessing to you before you leave this peaceful place.
Worldwide tourists taking part in ceremonies at Angkor Ban Pogoda
III, HOW TO GET TO ANGKOR BAN
Located in the Sampov Loun District of Battambang Province – Angkor Ban is a far North-east region in Cambodia. To get to Angkor Ban, you can only travel on roads and rivers as there is no airline route or railway. Following are some best ways to get to Battambang and Angkor Ban from 2 biggest cities in Cambodia:
There are several buses from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to Battambang every day. However, please don't ever expect on luxury buses in Laos. There are air-conditioner, free drinks sometimes, normal leather seats. Due to the rugged countryside roads to Battambang, It will take you respectively 6-7 hours and 3-4 hours to get from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Many travel agencies, tour companies and hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have motorbikes for rent. The prices are very reasonable at $7-8 per day. However, you need to be careful when riding a motorbike in any Asian countries as the traffic is crazy in big cities while local people in small towns ride their traffic means with no rule.
To get from Siem Reap to Angkor Ban, you can take a local cruise on Sangkae River for easily sightseeing the stunning scenery in Cambodia. The boats often starts every morning at 7AM, sometimes the itineraries can be changed due to the weather, water level, seasons, etc. For higher budget, you can book one of our Cambodia river cruises on Mekong River to not only pay a visit to Angkor Ban but also enjoy relaxing time on this longest river in Southeast Asia.
Passengers loading on Mekong Navigator Cruise on the Mekong
4. Tuk Tuk
The cheaper and easy-to-find transportation mean here is tuk tuk. This unique Indochina-styled taxi allows you to easily contemplate the scenery in Cambodia as well as learn more about the life of local villagers.
Smiles of tourists being on Tuk Tuk in Cambodia
Angkor Ban is an unassuming and peaceful land that you will have chance to explore in Cambodia. Consider our following routes to visit Angkor Ban: Cambodia to Vietnam River Cruises & Vietnam to Cambodia River Cruises