Visiting the Governors Residence, the largest French colonial building in Battambang is fitting for an architecture appreciation itinerary.
The Governors Residence or better known to the locals as Sala Khaet, is one of the most attractive buildings in Battambang’s French Quarters. Designed by Italian architects as instructed by the Chavfea Baen family during the Thai rule, it is later inhabited by the French. Even today, the 20th century building continues to charm visitors with intricate details and a lovely garden.
The Governors Residence is located at 57, Krong Battambang. It is in the centre of Battambang town and about a 5-minute walk from Wat Kampheng.
Opening Days and Hours
The Governors Residence is always open
Entry Fee and Bookings
You can visit the Governors Residence for free.
How to Get There
You can get to Governors Residence by foot, tuk-tuk, or taxi. Many visitors join cycling and walking tours that make the Governors Residence as part of the route.
The Governors Residence is suitable for all visitors especially seniors, couples, groups of friends, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
Most visitors spend about 2 to 3 hours at the Governors Residence.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
November to April every year is the best time to visit the beach because it is the dry season with a sunny weather during most days.
Many visitors go to the Governors Residence as a photo stop or as part of the architecture and heritage tours.
You can get food from the many cafes and eateries nearby. Some noteworthy ones include Kinyei Cafe and Jaan Bai.
Walk to Sangker Art Shop for an artistic fix, which is about 5-minute walk away. Shop at Bric-à-Brac for homewares, which can be reached in 10 minutes by foot. Walk about 5 minutes to the Tourism Department building or the Royal Bungalow, which are also architectural landmarks.
Battambang offers a wide choice of accommodation options, including budget guesthouses or even an ancient house for a homestay experience.