This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Battambang.
Battambang is Cambodia's second-most populous city and a popular tourist destination due to the many nearby ancient temples, Buddhist shrines, and the infamous colonial French bamboo railway. It is popular with tourists because of its blend of modern city, small-town friendliness and some well-preserved colonial architecture, which works together to give the town a unique charm.
Battambang is easily and inexpensively accessible by road from major cities such as Phnom Penh (around six or seven hours) or Siem Reap (around four hours). The bus station is about three kilometers outside the town so you will need to hire a tuk tuk to get into Battambang (you will get a free pick up from your hostel if you are leaving).
The more exciting way to get to Battambang is to take the boat from Siem Riep. Although much more expensive then the bus, the experience is worth it. You will travel through lakes and rivers, floating villages, and fishing huts and see another side of Cambodia. The boat leaves at 7 a.m. and takes five hours during the wet season and ten hours during the dry season. You stop halfway through for food and water.
Due to its large size and tourist infrastructure, you can certainly find any amenity you need from laundry, ATM, pharmacy, grocery. There are many Battambang hostel options located in the city. Most are located along the river near the tourist night market. Like everywhere else, hostel styles, prices, and atmosphere can vary drastically, so make sure to choose the best option for you.
Written by local enthusiast for Battambang hostelsFro