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Here Be Dragons Reviews

East Bank, Sangker River, Near Wat Sangker, Battambang, Cambodia

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151 Total Reviews
  • 96%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 92%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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The vibe of the place was great. I was only passing through for the night but the staff made me feel very welcome. The food was good and there was live Khmer music in-house that night. I had a private room that was quiet and comfortable. The shower wasn't great but used a communal shower downstairs and it was fine. Good place to stay if you are in Battambang.


By far the best hostel we've stayed in in Cambodia! Amazing relaxed atmosphere, sociable vibe and bar, helpful staff, and clean rooms: what more can you wish for. If you visit Battambang, this is the place to be.


This hostel was great. Super friendly staff and great atmosphere. I wish we could have stayed longer than one night. Everything was very clean too.


Look, you certainly get what you pay for. But the dorm bunk beds were large and comfortable, the fans were effective (I didn't die of the heat as I'd feared I would after reading other reviews here) and individual lock-boxes and padlocks were provided. Food was good and staff were friendly and helpful. Bathrooms were extremely basic and fairly clean. Loved the comfy chairs and hammocks outside.


Good, chilled out hostel, but I hated that smoking by staff and customers was allowed inside the bar area (the only indoor common area). The hostel tuk tuk driver is very nice and helpful. I highly recommend going to the Circus just out of town


Excellent. Very good for money and clean. Incredibly sociable and helpful with transport, tips about the area and Cambodia in general. Would stay again!

  • 17th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This place was amazing. The staff Jen, Feg, Jackie and the rest of the crew are insanely wicked. Planned to stay for one night, five nights later forced myself to leave. The place is great to just relax in all day if you like. The food is great, beer is available and the friendly staff are always up for some banter at the bar. The chairs/hammocks are super comfy and the toilets are clean all day everyday which is a rarity in hostels (specially at $3/night dorm room). A++

  • 15th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Definitely recommend to stay here. Great staff, nice vibe, yummy food. The only downside is the temperature in the bedrooms, other than that it's a good place to stay. Lots of fans downstairs to cool you down. Lots of chill out places, including rooftop.


I guess Here Be Dragons is THE place to stay for backpackers in Battambang. Good staff, cheap dorms and beer, nice atmosphere and even a security guard in the front yard. From here you can get pretty fast to downtown and there are hordes of Tuk Tuk drivers waiting for tourists anyway. Thumbs up!


Great place with excellent food. Good sized dorm with comfortable bed just hot. Great advice from the English owners. And cheap drinks. A beer on check in is great as well.


The hostel had a really chilled, friendly atmosphere and the Wednesday quiz was so fun. The staff were brilliant, everyone was welcoming, chatty and helpful no matter what the time of day. The bathrooms were always clean and everything worked well but they were a bit basic and doing them up would make a big (if purely aesthetic) difference. They seemed to be full every night so book ahead!


Great set up (especially the roof area), great staff, friendly owners. My only downer would be the dorm room I stayed in was very hot, the fans didn't help, this room needs some ventilation from outside.


Enjoyed my stay at Here be Dragons a lot! The beds are big and comftable and the staff is lovely. The outside area is perfect to chill out a few hours or even days before you head to the next adventure. Also give the food a try, especially if you there for the BBQ! Highly recommended!


Cool little hostel located in a great location. Really chilled out and the staff are really nice. Would have been nice if the rooms had AC.


Great food and great common area to relax. Very hot rooms though.


Here be dragons is awesome! Ferguson and his wife are so sweet and fun and a wealth of information. The room was clean and the food at the bar delicious!


You can get there from the bus station for 1 dollar. Good location, less than 10 mins to walk to town. Staff here are fantastic. Facilities are basic but enough. I love the rooftop terrace and the garden in the front. The food there is really wonderful, try them! I love Battambang and this hostel is definitely part of the reason!!


This place desperately needs air conditioning to be installed! The heat in the rooms was so bad, and 2 fans did nothing. I was in a private room, so God knows how hot in was in the dorm! Great bar and café, great music, great staff.


I was very happy to stay there Definitely the best hostel in battambang! BUT: don't get a tattoo! There is a tattoo artist who's making tattoos on the roof of the hostel I trusted him but he totally f*** up! Don't do it!


It's really a case of you get what you pay for here. For $3 (at the time) you get a furnace of a dorm with no lockers, no direct windows to outside, no aircon so you wake up dripping every night and benefit from two grotty humid bathrooms where you might as well not shower! Spend the money and get a private room or get somewhere actually in town as this one is 10 mins walk away. If money and not comfort is the highest priority then go here. Food is pretty good and Khmer staff are lovely.

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