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Advice for a solo female traveler?

Posted by XeniaC on 2/8/2012 at 23:43

Hi guys,

I will be travelling to Siem Reap in a week or so, flying solo though. So I was wondering is it actually safe to do that? Are there perhaps any tours you can recommend where I can meet fellow travelers and stay within in a group? Cause till now, what I understood, most of the people are renting a guide and a tuk tuk, but don't really want to do that on my own.

Thanks :)



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Posted by busylizzy on 3/8/2012 at 01:22

Hi - it is certainly safe enough to travel to, and around Siem Reap, so don't let that be a concern. Loneliness can be another story, and it really depends on how comfortable you are in your own company.

I can't help you tours, so maybe someone else will jump in with some ideas. If you are staying at a backpackers-type place, there is a good chance that you will meet some others who may be keen to have some company to see the sights.

But consider this as an option: you will find many of the tuktuk drivers are actually quite good guys. Talk to a few, and find one that speaks good English, and who seems quite communicative, and knowledgeable about the temples. Spending a day or two with one can be potentially be one of the most rewarding experiences you could have. They will often be happy to share their life story and maybe want to hear about your life. They'll give you an insight into Cambodia life. Get them to take you to a local food market for a meal rather than one of the standard touristy restaurants.

When I was in Cambodia the first time I travelled with my sister. We did most stuff together but we had a day where we each wanted to see different things: she wanted to go hang out at an orphanage which I abhorred, and I wanted to go explore the countryside. We had a driver that we used for the 3-4 days that we were there, and I got him to take me to the village area that I wanted to go to. It was was on the most rewarding, eye opening days that I had, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to talk to a local. Picking the right driver is key - and make use of his services for your entire stay.

Anyhow - just food for thought. Don't let the idea of going it alone scare you off. But perfectly understandable if you prefer the company of others.

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Posted by Ted_Anderson on 3/8/2012 at 04:47

Hi there, I totally agree with busylizzy, because I myself ever feel like you and finally i think that will make my trip not fun, so just like to enjoy with the city tour, talk to the friendly guide and driver, go to see villager and talk to them also buy some souvenir product from them and at night i go to the pub street where i can find the other solo traveller too so we can have a fun time together. For my experience, I would recommend you one travel agency to arrange the solo trip for you as same as my package that i buy from them last time. Even I am a single traveler but the services that they offer make me feel that i'm not alone cos i always got some phone call from them via the tour guide driver to ask how is going on...etc Also the guide is friendly with the clear explanation on the tour side. I think you can mail them via this email for asking more detail ( email : ). Hope my post would help you.

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Posted by chris2x on 8/8/2012 at 22:17

Sure, lots of tours. I am a fan of Intrepid Travel's small group tours but have not tried them in Cambodia per say. Might also ask on the "Solo Travel Society" in FaceBook.

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Posted by XeniaC on 12/8/2012 at 01:43

Thanks guys! I'm in Cambodia now and definitely enjoying my stay here :)

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