Best places to meet people?
5th February, 2014
I'm going to Cambodia in a couple of weeks and for the first time I will be travelling alone. I'm a guy in my early thirties and pretty easy going. I've been before with friends but only made it to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville due to time restraints. This time I'm starting off in Siem Reap and heading south over a couple of weeks, hopefully ending up on one of the islands.
Where will be the best places to meet people in Siem Reap? I'm a bit old to be staying in hostels now so I've booked a hotel room for the first few nights I'm there.
Cheers for any help,
#1 Posted: 5/2/2014 - 05:37
24th July, 2012
Total reviews: 11
Learn the local language then.
#2 Posted: 5/2/2014 - 08:56
12th February, 2006
Total reviews: 47
It is a bit more difficult for single guys to meet people on the road than it is for couples and single women, but not impossible, and I've had lots of luck meeting folks on the road travelling by myself. In my experience, the best place to meet people is on day trips - tours, snorkeling, etc. It is a set group and you are stuck with each other for the duration, making it easy to strike up a conversation and seek common interests. Second is on transport, particularly long-haul transport or boats. Same thing. Third is just saying hi to folks where you stay, so even at your ripe old age of 30-something you might want to stay at guesthouse-level accommodation rather than hotels.
It is also easier to meet folks when you have something to share. A map. A guidebook. A bottle of decent wine. Whatever.
Having said all that, there is something very free and exciting about travelling by yourself. Go where you want, when you want. I don't always travel solo, but I enjoy it when I do. The only slightly awkard time might be meal time, but if you take something to read or write out a few old fashioned post cards while you are waiting for your food, the time will be pleasant and productive. Good luck.
#3 Posted: 5/2/2014 - 10:43
6th June, 2009
Total reviews: 10
Bars are good places to meet people when you are new in town and know no one.
#4 Posted: 5/2/2014 - 11:06
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