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“Backpacker In Battambang”
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Here Be Dragons
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Backpacker In Battambang”
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

With private rooms with shared bath for $5/night, dorms, higher end rooms for a few bucks more how can you go wrong? You don't stay here for the rooms, you stay here for the bar, the great food and the helpful staff. It's a great place to meet people as well. Their on site tuk tuk driver is awesome. DJ was waiting for us at the bus station with a sign with my name. We also used him for a day trip. The only downside here was the heat of the rooms. With windows without screens the option of fresh air while sleeping is non existent, unless you're immune to mosquitoes. Trivia night is fun on Tuesdays and BBQ night is Saturday. Highly suggest this spot for those on a budget.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

After staying in Battambang previously and drinking at Herebe, i knew when i returned that it was the best place to stay as a backpacker.
Run by expats, and nearly fully booked up even in low season, it's the best place for travellers to chill out and meet new people; with a cheap bar, great food and good music, it's the place to be in the evening in town.
The rooms are excellent value for money. I paid $5 for a private room, double bed with shared bathroom. I usually avoid shared bathrooms but the bathrooms are clean and the showers are good. Cold- but that's what you want when it's really hot out. The other reviews are true: the rooms get REALLY hot, so just leave the windows open during the day and the fans on, each room has two fans. I spent no time in my room apart from sleeping, because the common areas are great, so the heat in the room didn't bother me. But if you can't deal with being a bit hot, stay at a cheap Khmer hotel (there's one just down the road called Suvannphum for $15 with air con) and go to herebe at night.
Common areas are great. Chilled bar area, outside seating and hammocks and a rooftop area that's cool to watch the sunset from.
Staff are really friendly and helpful and know a lot about the local area. There's also a tuktuk driver called DJ, who is usually around- i'd highly recommend him for day trips to see the touristy things in Bbong.
Food is delicious. I don't think i ate anywhere else during my stay. The bar also stays open later than most in the area.
Book in advance because it's really popular, and they'll even send a tuk tuk to pick you up at the bus station. DJ was waiting with a sign with my name on it and 'vip' which was a comical touch.
Seriously, just go there. You'll have a great time.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

This western led hostel is the place to be in Bbong. Very laid back atmosphere with bar, garden and rooftop lounge. Only issue is the heat in the rooms...but for this price you'll have to cope with a fan! Make sure to try their Khmer food, it's just delicious.

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Battambang, Cambodia
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Love the casual relaxed vibe of the place, staff are friendly and there's always someone looking for a chat at the bar. Cool outdoor garden and rooftop tattoo parlour. Also love all the activities they have going, although watch out for the chilli vodka.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights, which was enough to see everything Battambang had to offer. The hostel had a good atmosphere for backpackers, was clean and had friendly staff who were happy to make calls and help plan our onward journey. However, the rooms were lacking air conditioning, cooled only by a rotating wall fan, making the nights almost unbearable.

The hostel have an on-call tuk-tuk driver called DJ, who was good fun and happy to share his knowledge of the area. He charged reasonable rates but most importantly was not pushy to sell you more journeys/ tours.

The hostel food was of a good quality and had a nice range of meals- however, I feel it was slightly over priced and better value food could be found in restaurants nearby.

Lastly, the hostel location; the riverside grass bank created a nice atmosphere, however the hostel is slightly out of the centre of town and it was quite a walk to find the nearest supermarket, for example.





  • Stayed May 2014
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Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Cool place, nice vibe. Staff made me feel very welcome, lots of smiles :) rooftop is very nice, a bar up there would be awesome tho.
I really want to give this place 5/5 but damn that dorm was way too hot, crazy. Food and scooter rental were more expensive here than other places in battambang.
/Mr Blue

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

Im so glad i met travelers that recommende Battambang as it wasnt originally on my radar. The town is amazing, and Dragons was an awesome place to stay while there. It silly to say, but its not right in the town "proper". Its a 5 minute bike ride or 15 minute walk into town where cafes and restaurants and other guesthouses and such are, but its not a pain at all.
The place is really beautiful, the outdoor area is covered with flowers and vines and such with hammocks for chilling and patio tables for boozing.
The dorms and rooms are SUPER cheap which is always appreciated.
I highly recommend.

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Here Be Dragons
Address: Near Wat Sangker, Battambang 02000, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Battambang Province > Battambang
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Ranked #1 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Battambang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Battambang's backpacker hangout, on the banks of the Sangker River. Swap stories with other travellers at our late-night bar over a cheap cocktail or an ice-cold beer. Or, if you just want to relax after the bustle of Bangkok or Siem Reap, kick back in a hammock in our beautiful garden. We serve Khmer and some Western food, and a great Full English breakfast. ... more   less 
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