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hstjoo
post Dec 13 2009, 12:27 PM
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Hi. I am planning to go to Siem Reap in February. I haven't been to Cambodia before and I feel a little anxious about travelling on my own. I have traveled alone before but mainly to big cities like Hong Kong and Seoul. Is it quite safe for a woman to travel on her own? What other things that I need to beware of? I need some advice. Thx.




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post Dec 13 2009, 04:08 PM
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Hiya, I did head to Cambodia on my own while I was travelling - without any qualms about it...but then I met 2 girls straight away that I ended up travelling there with, when I arrived. I wouldn't have been bothered if I had been on my own, but I wasn't, so can't speak as a 'sole traveller' - but I didn't feel uncomfortable or anything if that's what you mean...and I wasn't with the girls all the time...

Siem Reap is interesting, as is Phom Penh, but also distressing - I headed to the beach of Sihanoukville afterwards


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post Dec 13 2009, 04:38 PM
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QUOTE(kathryn77 @ Dec 13 2009, 10:08 PM) *

Hiya, I did head to Cambodia on my own while I was travelling - without any qualms about it...but then I met 2 girls straight away that I ended up travelling there with, when I arrived. I wouldn't have been bothered if I had been on my own, but I wasn't, so can't speak as a 'sole traveller' - but I didn't feel uncomfortable or anything if that's what you mean...and I wasn't with the girls all the time...

Siem Reap is interesting, as is Phom Penh, but also distressing - I headed to the beach of Sihanoukville afterwards


Siem Reap is distressing? What do you mean?
I've never been, but would love to go.


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post Dec 15 2009, 06:04 PM
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QUOTE(robjstaples @ Dec 15 2009, 12:48 AM) *

QUOTE(kathryn77 @ Dec 13 2009, 10:08 PM) *

Hiya, I did head to Cambodia on my own while I was travelling - without any qualms about it...but then I met 2 girls straight away that I ended up travelling there with, when I arrived. I wouldn't have been bothered if I had been on my own, but I wasn't, so can't speak as a 'sole traveller' - but I didn't feel uncomfortable or anything if that's what you mean...and I wasn't with the girls all the time...

Siem Reap is interesting, as is Phom Penh, but also distressing - I headed to the beach of Sihanoukville afterwards


Siem Reap is distressing? What do you mean?
I've never been, but would love to go.


No, I meant Phnom Penh is interesting but distressing, with 'The Killing Fields' and all the memorials. It made me feel ill reading what happened, and was all so 'recent' by history standards


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post Dec 22 2009, 03:07 AM
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February falls in dry season in Cambodia. What a pirty you could not take a boat trip on Asia's largest water reservoir of Tonle Sap. You can travel on your own, the Khmer people are very warm-heated and easygoing. But some how you will sea that it is a poor destination, not like any other place you have ever gone.

Visit Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for historical site, Modulkiri, Rattanakiri for adventure, Sihanoukville, Kep and Koh Kong for a beach vacation. Nice places to see.


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post Dec 22 2009, 07:43 AM
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QUOTE(hanson @ Dec 22 2009, 03:07 AM) *

February falls in dry season in Cambodia. What a pirty you could not take a boat trip on Asia's largest water reservoir of Tonle Sap. You can travel on your own, the Khmer people are very warm-heated and easygoing. But some how you will sea that it is a poor destination, not like any other place you have ever gone.

Visit Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for historical site, Modulkiri, Rattanakiri for adventure, Sihanoukville, Kep and Koh Kong for a beach vacation. Nice places to see.


Oh I didn't know that. It's just that it is the soonest holidays I can take off work. In my country it usually rains a lot, especially before Chinese New Year, which is when I plan to go. Do you mean that the water around Angkor would dry up during that time?

Thanks anyway for the information.
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post Dec 30 2009, 06:36 AM
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QUOTE(hstjoo @ Dec 22 2009, 07:43 AM) *

QUOTE(hanson @ Dec 22 2009, 03:07 AM) *

February falls in dry season in Cambodia. What a pirty you could not take a boat trip on Asia's largest water reservoir of Tonle Sap. You can travel on your own, the Khmer people are very warm-heated and easygoing. But some how you will sea that it is a poor destination, not like any other place you have ever gone.

Visit Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for historical site, Modulkiri, Rattanakiri for adventure, Sihanoukville, Kep and Koh Kong for a beach vacation. Nice places to see.


Oh I didn't know that. It's just that it is the soonest holidays I can take off work. In my country it usually rains a lot, especially before Chinese New Year, which is when I plan to go. Do you mean that the water around Angkor would dry up during that time?

Thanks anyway for the information.


The big moats will still have a wee bit in. The rest will be bone dry. 4 months of heat & sun by the time Feb arrives. Still be nice though.

Safety wise, you'll be fine. Common sense in PP at night is all that's required. Same as any other city really.
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post Jan 11 2010, 04:31 AM
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QUOTE(danstravelworld @ Dec 30 2009, 06:36 AM) *

QUOTE(hstjoo @ Dec 22 2009, 07:43 AM) *

QUOTE(hanson @ Dec 22 2009, 03:07 AM) *

February falls in dry season in Cambodia. What a pirty you could not take a boat trip on Asia's largest water reservoir of Tonle Sap. You can travel on your own, the Khmer people are very warm-heated and easygoing. But some how you will sea that it is a poor destination, not like any other place you have ever gone.

Visit Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for historical site, Modulkiri, Rattanakiri for adventure, Sihanoukville, Kep and Koh Kong for a beach vacation. Nice places to see.


Oh I didn't know that. It's just that it is the soonest holidays I can take off work. In my country it usually rains a lot, especially before Chinese New Year, which is when I plan to go. Do you mean that the water around Angkor would dry up during that time?

Thanks anyway for the information.


The big moats will still have a wee bit in. The rest will be bone dry. 4 months of heat & sun by the time Feb arrives. Still be nice though.

Safety wise, you'll be fine. Common sense in PP at night is all that's required. Same as any other city really.


I get the hotel in siem reap to pick me up at the airport. Would you recommend me getting a guide before I arrive there? Would most tuk tuk drivers be able to guide through the temples or do I need to get a guide too?
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Just get a guide when there. Pretty much everyone will offer to guide you :-)


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post Mar 11 2010, 05:32 AM
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QUOTE(blackeyes23 @ Mar 10 2010, 10:21 PM) *

The top attraction in Cambodia is, of course, Angkor Wat.
Preah Vihear Temple-the most impressive Khmer historical site after Angkor Wat
Sinanoukville-one of the best beaches in Cambodia.

Hi,

I have gone and come back from Siem Reap. Didn't get to see Preah Vihear, but I enjoyed my visit to other Temples for the 5 days I was there. Banteay Srei was also one of my favourites, though of course Angkor Wat is the grandest.
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Hi

how did yr solo holiday go? I'm about to travel there solo myself

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