Hey...just wondering how easy is it to meet other backpackers in cambodia? I'm a bit anxious about not coming across any other people travelling solo and ending up stranded somewhere on my lonesome or surrounded by other tourists that don't speak english!
I'm going in january for about 3 weeks before heading to Oz..
any advice about good places to go would be great
You will have no difficulty at all ;the tourism industry in Cambodia lives from backpackers.
In Phnom Penh there are scores of cheap pub/cafes along Sissowath Quay which, day and night, are full of backpackers,as also are the cheap guesthouses. Stay close to Sissowath Quay and you will be fine. If you go to Sihanoukville, just find a place on Serenity Beach to stay -the beach is lined with backpackers guest houses and most of the places are full of backpackers at night - no problem meeting people at all and most speak English. In fact I stay at the Sokha Beach Resort, a 5 star hotel in Sihanoukville, but spend my evenings down at Serenity in the backpacker joints because nobody speaks to anybody else in 5 star hotels - but I like a bit of comfort !!. I haven't been to Siem Reap yet but you can be sure that you will have no problems meeting others there either. I believe that there is a place dubbed Pub Street there where you will meet people. I will be in Camboda again from 30th Jan for a month and would be happy to stand you a meal if you are still there.
One thing that backpackers want to know about is costs. You can get quite comfortable guest houses for about $10US, an evening meal will probably run about $3-4US,booze is up to you - a bottle of beer ( about 1 litre) runs between $1 and $1.50
while spirits with mixers cost up to $2 - all prices costed on backpacker type places not 5 star hotels !!. A lot cheaper than the UK.
If I can be of any further help drop me an e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org I live in Oz by the way so if you need any more info let me know.
Many opportunities to meet fellow (or gal !) travellers while in Cambodia. You'll meet people at guesthouses, in restaurants and bars, on buses or boats, and walking around the temples of Angkor. As long as you aren't plugged into your iPod and tuning out the world around you the whole time, the chance to meet others is definitely out there. And many of the Cambodians in the tourist areas of PP and SR can speak English fairly well, so you won't have to worry about communication.
That's great, thank you both...I feel much more relaxed about it now. It definately is a comfort being around others in the same situation and i've seen some nice looking guest houses so i'm sure i'll be ok once I get there. It's just this nagging fear of getting lonely which I think is mainly caused by other people saying 'will you be ok on your own? what if you don't meet anyone? won't you get lonely?'Part of the reason i'm going travelling is to gain some confidence and independence so I don't doubt it will be a great experience in the end.
Thanks again and Tony i'll be sure to contact you if I need any more help, my family keeps joking i'll get lost at the airport before getting my first flight!
Hello , am in the same boat (going on my own)am going in march or april for about 3 or 4 months . This is my first time traveling so the idea of doing it on my own was scary at first but i feel quite confident now about it now . You have nothing to loose by going on you own so just go for it !!! and just think of the freedom you will have,you wont have to split ideas or wait around for anyone , you can just steam ahead and get on with what you want to do without any bother . Just think there is gonna be thousands of people in the same situation as you (me included)am shure you will feel lonely some days but thats just completely natural , you will prob finish a better person than when you started .
I think that you'll find it easy to meet people, and not just other tourists but the local people as well. Whenever I am walking around in a strange new town, in a strange new country, it seems like I always meet people and they become a good friend. I like to take locals that I meet out for a meal or a drink. It's fascinating to and learn about their life and culture in their country.
Yeah I think as long as I keep myself busy and out and about it shouldn't be a problem meeting people, it's just that first few days. Thanks for all your advice..i'm feeling more excited than scared about it now!