safe to travel solo in Cambodia?

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    safe to travel solo in Cambodia?

    I am planning to travel in Cambodia and/or Laos this winter. Will have to arrive many days earlier than my friend. Am wondering whether it's safe to travel there alone, and what I should pay attention to. I'm a girl. Also, does anyone have a guidebook to recommend?

    Thanks a lot!

    Melody


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    yea, both are safe to travel in - there was a rumour about not going out in parts of phnom penh on your own after dark, but as long as you don;t into really secluded areas, then you should be ok.

    as with anywhere, being a lone girl, just be cautious as you would going out at home on your own.

    otherwise, both, but especially laos and it's people are particularly wonderful.

    happy travels.


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    I travelled solo in Cambodia last year and am off to Laos this Christmas. I had no troubles at all in Cambodia. Just take the usual precautions you would anywhere and you'll be fine.


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    thanks a lot tokyoproject and oz girl! where in Siem Reap did you go other than Angkor Watt? Where in Laos did you/ are you going? I read about those NPAs in Laos and they sound really good! want to go hiking to Nong Fa one day.

    Happy traveling Oz Girl!


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    i was just in cambodia last week! awesome country! for siem reap, visit angkor wat, angkor thom, bayon temple, ta prohm temple, and banteay srei. also try to take a river cruise along tonle sap. if you are going to phnom penh, go to the royal palace and the genocide museum. the museum is a bit creepy but it will help you understand the country more. for shopping in PNH, go to the russian market.

    for laos, i believe you're going to luang prabang? if so, visit phoussy temple and phoussy hill, then cruise to the pak ou caves.


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    Quote Originally Posted by melodyhk
    thanks a lot tokyoproject and oz girl! where in Siem Reap did you go other than Angkor Watt? Where in Laos did you/ are you going? I read about those NPAs in Laos and they sound really good! want to go hiking to Nong Fa one day.

    Happy traveling Oz Girl!

    i just stayed on the touristy route and did angkor and surrounding temples in SR - it was a 3 day pass - tbh, it;s so spread out that you do a lot of travel between locations. SR is just the main accommodation strip with restaurants and bars and don;t think there's much happening around there.

    phnom penh was just a busy capital with a nice palace and good silk/art shops, war museums etc. we also went to the beach resort of sihanoukville which was so so for a a beach resort, but mainly to catch up on relaxing after pp. i heard bokor national park/hill station is refreshing and worth a visit from mates.

    went straight to saigon from pp and headed up to hanoi with stopovers.

    although laos was my favorite of indo china, we only went to 3 places - vang vien could be left out unless you're into the drug culture and lazing about on rubber rings. vientiene is a nice capital that feels like a small town - luang prabang is definitely worth a visit and the water falls nearby -esp from thailand and the slow boat.

    my vote definitely goes to laos and if you want to venture out - burma (prob one of the est in SE asia) (i know all the news reports, but visitors usually get no strife)

    i also can;t say enough good things about malaysia yet, i;m still to visit borneo or indonesia - prob my next objectives in asia.

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    Hey, I would recommend Sihanoukville at the seaside in Cambodia. You can take the bus from phnom penh.

    http://www.travelfish.org/province/c.../sihanoukville

    Once you re there, you may want to stay longer than you expect.

    Travelling in Cambodia is very safe, but it s not the habit of most people to walk long distances in the city, e.g. in Phnom Penh. Either rent a bicycle or motorbike yourself or take a moto taxi at night.

    Let me know if you need any practical info. I lived in Phnom Penh for more then a year.

    AmSeiko


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    Thank you all for the info! Unfortunately I can only find a round-trip ticket to Siem Reap. Any recommendation for places nearby other than the temples? How's the floating village? I have 10 days including transportation days there.

    Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by melodyhk
    Thank you all for the info! Unfortunately I can only find a round-trip ticket to Siem Reap. Any recommendation for places nearby other than the temples? How's the floating village? I have 10 days including transportation days there.

    Thanks!
    There are some temples that are further afield and require a day trip- and Tonl Sap lake (floating villages) is definitely worth a trip as well.
    You can also take a boat ride on the Mekong to Phnom Penh and spend a day or two there...

    Regarding safety issues, the only thing I would say is don't take moto-taxis (the ones where you ride at the back of a motorcycle), take tuk-tuks instead. It's safer, as well as being a nicer way to enjoy the sights! A young woman was killed last month when she had her purse snatched from the back of a moto-taxi and fell onto oncoming traffic.

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    Thank you ontheroad! That's very useful! (and could be life-saving )


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