I'm dreaming of travelling in Cambodia, and I would like to alone. People tend to think I'm nuts, being young small female and all.. So I'm really asking your opinion here. How safe is Cambodia outside the hotel areas (which I'd like to avoid)?
I'm not very experienced traveller, but I do have my brains attached (or so I think..). Got to admit though, because of my looks I certainly pass neither as a local nor as a karate champ. Actually what I'm mostly afraid of is that while playing it safe I miss out a lot compared to travelling in a group. So now I'll need to decide if it is adventures in Cambodia or relaxing in the familiar Thailand..
Thanks for reading,
#1 Ankka has been a member since 6/4/2006. Posts: 7
Welcome to Travelfish!
Cambodia is largely a very safe country. Use your common sense, stay in control and you'll be fine. There's loads of young small females travelling around there!
Just trying to figure out where the line of common sense goes there.. Because back home in Helsinki I can (and I do) walk around at any hour, nearly at any place..
Oh well, perhaps I should just go and find out:)
#3 Ankka has been a member since 6/4/2006. Posts: 7
Lone Travel Pros and Cons.
1, You are much more inclined to speak to locals and so pick up the language better.
2, If you stumble on paradise and decide to stop longer there's no mass discussion with the rest of the party.
3, If you stumble on hell and decide to 'high tail outta there', there's no mass discussion with the rest of the party.
4, And most importantly: your never ever really on your own. Humans like to interact.
1, Inability to share costs (But, see number 4 above).
2, Can't think of any more.
So there you go, get out there and enjoy, just use common sense and smile.
As Saint Augustine once said, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page".
I just got home from a trip that included Phnom Penh. I didn't like the city as it was dirty and lots of beggars, but I didn't feel unsafe. I had a moto who helped me each night I was there so I didn't need to walk so much. I don't think it is a good idea to walk a long way along at night there.
#6 tuy has been a member since 21/1/2004. Posts: 13
Thanks Steviej, Helsinki really is a great place to live, during the summer that is. Otherwise the climate sucks. Right now it's snowing outside, in APRIL! I'm built up for the tropics..
I'd add to the list:
5 It won't take ages to get out in the morning (5 women per 1 shower = nightmare)
6 Ordering food won't take hours and wreck the staff's nerves
7 Also the locals are more likely to come talk to one person that to a crowd
2 While on the road, you'll have to take all the stuff with you whenever going to toilet etc.
3 While swimming, got to watch your stuff. If not for the humans, then for the puppies (nearly got my sarong stolen by two cute little rascals:)
Ok, so no walking around in the dark, and find a nice moto.
It would be nice to learn a few words of the language as well. Couldn't find any khmer language guides in the library, so anyone know any helpful links?
#7 Ankka has been a member since 6/4/2006. Posts: 7
i'll post here when i get back and let you know what its like travelling overland from siem reap to bangkok.
From what i have read it can be quite simple or can be a bit of an ordeal,i,ve a good guess which way it will be for me.
#10 BUCKSBLOKE35 has been a member since 28/2/2006. Posts: 26
Hi again Ankka,
I'd be surprised if you didn't meet people while on the road and wind up travelling with others for at least a day or two here or there. That is one of the nice things about travelling by yourself, in that it makes it easier to meet other people. There are even several websites designed to help you meet people travelling with similar plans, if you are interested.
In any case, just use common sense. Never walk alone at night. Pay attention to your surroundings and the people near you. Don't flash large amounts of money or take valuables with you. I hope you have a great time.
about travelling overland bkk to seam reap / seam reap to bkk.
If you get a bus from somewhere like koh san road it will be a sequence of scams!
In return from seam reap it is a seqence of scams again! Not to mention the worst road imaginable. When I get a bus I want to go from one place to another and not stop in a restraunt and then a money changer and then another place to make a visa and so on & on, It only took me once to learn I can tell ya :) Next time I will fly to cambodia.
#12 jon_mak has been a member since 8/4/2006. Posts: 10
Thanks steviej, now there's just the learning part:)
I just talked to some friends who have gone the same route in the other direction. They say it's otherwise ok, except that the roads are in the worst condition in the Cambodian side. And ofcourse a few annoyances are to expected, for example a bridge will "get broken" right when you arrive to a river. Magically though, there will be a small boat right there to take you to other side (for some dollars, ofcourse). And also on the other side there will be many pick ups to choose from (a new charge), what a coincidence! But what can you do, stay there in the bushes in the middle of nowhere..?
I guess the trick would be to find a local carrier, not a tourist bus, but I wonder if there is such thing.. From koh san road, I really wouldn't buy anything anyway..
Well, keep us posted!
#13 Ankka has been a member since 6/4/2006. Posts: 7
Hi all, I managed the overland trip from Bangkok no problem, I just got myself to the border and then follwed what the locals were doing. I ended up in the back of a truck with a whole bunch of animals, people, food etc... It was a great experince. No one ripped me off at all. Maybe I got lucky!