The rural countryside outside of Battambang is National Geographic picturesque. Within just a few kilometers of town the countryside turns into small villages filled with stilted houses and rice paddies that stretch to the horizon. Youll see plenty of countryside on the way to any of the local sites. Check out some of the local products in the making – rice paper, noodles and the fishpaste market. Its all very traditional if not a bit unhygienic and smelly. The roads are often rough and always exceptionally dusty. Bring a good hat and a krama to cover your nose and mouth.