I'm off to Cambodia on in October and much as I'm no stranger to solo travel, I've never been to Asia before and so I'm a bit unsure of what to expect. I (think) I'll be flying into Phnom penh and I'll be required to get myself across the city.
Any tips on what sort of transport I should take? Also, being a solo female traveller, should I be extra careful? I've not heard many bad things about Cambodia to be fair but it's always a bit of a worry given that it'll probably be quite clear that I've absolutely no idea what i'm doing
Also, is it relatively straightforward to sort your visa at the airport on arrival? I'll be needing a business visa..if that makes a difference.
Any advice is more than appreciated!
Regards being a solo female traveller and safety I recommend making sure you leave an itinerary with friends or family that you can contact regularly while you are travelling. Say how often you will make contact with them and then stick to that routine so they know if you don't make contact something is up. It makes the folks at home more comfortable and you more comfortable.
Other than that I'd say anywhere you travel you have to expect a few dodgy people and the best thing to do is just not get into situations where you are exposed to those people. Stick to populated areas at night, don't flash the cash when you are out shopping and trust your instincts - if you don't feel safe, move on!
With regards to visa's - especially business visas - I would advise you to sort it before you go. If its not straight forward you wont be allowed out of the airport until its sorted and that would not be much fun.
Have a great trip!
I pretty much have the same plan as you so made a few enquiries from friends who had been to Cambodia. The general consensus seems to be it's pretty safe, while always being mindful that the cities tend to be less so, esp when we seem so rich compared to many of the people of Cambodia.
I'm going to fly into PP too and have read that is one of the two places (along with SR) where you pay for and complete your visa on arrival. From what I've read and been told, the bus services are pretty cheap and the best way to get around the country. You always have to remain vigilant for people eyeing up your bags and passports, of course!
I should say I've not been before so all this is based on what I've read and what others have told me!
I like what travelMC said, "Trust your instincts, if you don't feel safe, move on."
I checked in a hostel in Saigon, and I just felt so uncomfortable. I felt like I needed to run away. I was so tired and drowsy, but I just had climbed the stairs, get my stuff from the locker and get refunded... I'm glad I left...
But if you are paranoid about everything, you should rely on other things other than your instincts. I think Cambodia is safe... But a lot of common sense makes it safer.
i think siem reap is okay. just stay away from touts and don't give in. i heard PP has higher crime rate than SR.
the buses are the best way to get from PP to SR. but do look around and buy from reliable companies and not just off guys selling on the street. those may be fake.
i don't know abt visas so cant help u there but i heard it's relatively straightfoward to get a visa on arrival. not sure abt business ones tho.
in siem reap i stayed at Babel Siem Reap guesthouse. fav place to stay when i go to SR. hosts are great, room is spacious and clean, and not expensive for the sort of comfort they offer.