Cambodia, a small country in Southeast Asia, is worth visiting whether you’re interested in relaxing afternoons at the beach, temple-hopping, or heading on wild adventures through the mountains. If you’re travelling solo to this fascinating country, rest assured that you’ll be able to have the trip of a lifetime here even without a travel buddy!
Friendly locals, plenty of things to do, and great food make this a must-see location. However, you’ll likely find these practical tips very helpful if you’ll be seeing Cambodia alone:
You won’t be able to rely on anyone but yourself to carry your luggage, so make sure you pack light. Depending on what you’ll be doing, you may be able to live with just a few changes of clothes; the weather is often very warm here, so you likely won’t need bulky layers. Don’t bring much jewellery, if you can avoid it – it’ll bring you unnecessary attention, and you don’t want to have to worry about losing your precious pieces. Additionally, keep your money in several different places – for instance, in different pockets and bags – so you always have a backup if something goes wrong.
Be friendly and open
Part of travelling is learning about other cultures and meeting new people, from both the country you’re visiting as well as other countries around the world. You may need to push yourself to speak to others if you’re not naturally confident or extroverted, but the rewards will be worth it. If you’re travelling alone, it can be challenging to meet people, so it may be a good idea to join a tour – you’ll have a wide range of people to get to know, and you’ll be able to experience new sights and try new things together. Who knows – by the end of your trip, perhaps you’ll have a place to stay lined up in your next destination!
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Don’t be afraid of being rude
While being friendly will help you meet other people, solo travellers can unfortunately sometimes seem like an easy target, to scammers and insistent sellers. Cambodia is an incredible place, but you’re likely to come across pushy vendors from time to time, and it’s important to be confident when you tell them you’re not interested.
Keep your wits about you
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a beverage or two while you’re travelling – an ice-cold Cambodian beer after a long day sightseeing may seem irresistible – but it’s important to keep your wits about you. By all means, try the local beer or have a cocktail, but remember that as you’re travelling alone, you won’t have a travel buddy to look after you if things get messy. Thankfully, Cambodia’s full of delicious, cold, non-alcoholic drinks – try the iced coffee, and you’ll hardly miss anything else.
Learn a few words in Khmer
While you’ll likely be able to get by in English or French, the locals will respect you a lot more if you take the time to greet or thank them in their own language. Before your trip, take a few minutes to learn the basics. It’ll greatly improve your experience; instead of being seen as just another tourist, you’ll be more likely to gain the respect or interest of Cambodians, who may then be able to teach you about their area or let you in on the best places to go for local cuisine or cheap shopping.
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Visiting Cambodia should be high on any adventurous traveller’s bucket list. Take advantage of the relatively low prices and the wide range of activities that this magical country offers; you’ll be sure to fall in love with it before your trip is up.