Here Be Dragons was a good choice while in Battambang. The room was very basic and pretty run down to be honest, but it was perfect for a backpacker budget. The staff was very helpful - we arrived in Battambang at 12AM and luckily borrowed someone's phone to call HBD. Along with a few locals we saw at the bus station, they helped us get a tuk-tuk to their guesthouse. It would have been a long walk without them!
The bar scene is very social and even though it can get loud at times, you won't be bothered by noise in your room. They have a popular pub quiz on Tuesdays, as well as a pretty extensive and cheap drink list if you're into that sort of thing. The food is pretty good - offering Khmer and Western dishes for a pretty average "guesthouse" price.
They have great Tuk-Tuk drivers working with them as well - so if you end up booking a trip to the cave to see the mass exodus of bats flying out (highly recommended) or go to take a ride on the infamous Norry (also highly recommended), HBD offers competitive tuk-tuk rates. Ask for DJ - one of the friendliest and funniest tuk-tuk drivers I've ever had!
If you are social and on a budget, Here Be Dragons is a top choice.
- 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