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Best places to meet people?

Posted by Chewy1 on 5/2/2014 at 05:37

Hi guys,

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,


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Posted by exacto on 5/2/2014 at 10:43

Hey Matt,

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 5/2/2014 at 11:06

Bars are good places to meet people when you are new in town and know no one.

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Posted by Alex222 on 2/4/2014 at 03:13

Cambodia is famous for the ancient angkor wat and the brutal history of the country many places in Cambodia is very popular in the tourist which is also plus point in the economy of life...

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Posted by clairey24 on 4/4/2014 at 17:03

Hi Matt
When will you be travelling to Cambodia, I have never been before and am a solo traveller in my early thirties.

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Posted by JaiYen88 on 5/4/2014 at 06:21

Head to Laundry Bar in Siem Reap (2 min walk from Pub Street, next to Old Market) and put your name down for a free game of pool! Lots of interesting people (many foreigners living in SR, some tourists, and some locals), friendly staff and the best music.

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Posted by MADMAC on 5/4/2014 at 07:29

I did find it interesting that the assumption here was that the people he is seeking to meet are not indigenous. He wasn't specific, although he alluded to same with the hostels comment. Am I the only member of travelfish who actively wants to meet indigenous people and does not make any effort to meet or socialize with non-indigenous persons? I'm beginning to think so.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 6/4/2014 at 07:36

You live there. Most travellers dont care about the locals.

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