Cambodia is one of the best places to travel solo. It’s home to beautiful beaches, friendly people and it’s a very affordable destination.
This travel guide features 10 days of solo travel in Cambodia. If you’re interested in immersing yourself in Cambodia’s culture and visiting its beautiful beaches at the same time, then this is the travel guide for you.
Cambodia is a relatively easy country to navigate by yourself. But where should you go, what should you do and where should you stay?
Read on to find out what to do during 10 days of solo travel in Cambodia!
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Know before you go
Language: Most of the population in Cambodia speaks the Khmer language, the country’s official language. Most locals speak a bit of English as well.
Currency: The Cambodian currency is the Riel. However, Cambodia in reality has a dual-currency system.
This means that both US Dollars and Cambodian Riel are being used. Change of less than $10 will generally be given in Riel.
Plug: In Cambodia the power plug sockets are of type A, C and G. Bring an international travel adapter so you don’t have to worry about this.
Airport: Cambodia’s main airport is Phnom Penh International Airport (Khmer: អាកាសយានដ្ឋានអន្តរជាតិភ្នំពេញ.
Is Cambodia safe for solo travel?
To me, Cambodia felt like one of the safest places I’ve ever traveled solo. It even felt more safe than traveling solo in Australia.
The people are really friendly here, transportation and getting around is very easy and I found it rather easy making new friends while traveling solo.
There has not been one moment in Cambodia that I didn’t feel safe. Of course this is only my own experience. It’s always important to keep general safety measures in mind. For more tips on traveling solo as a woman, have a look over here.
10 days of solo travel in Cambodia
So, what can 10 days of solo travel in Cambodia look like? Read on to find out!
First 2 days of solo travel in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. It may not sound that attractive at first glance, but Phnom Penh is actually home to a lot of interesting things to do.
Where to stay in Phnom Penh?
If you want to fully relax during your first days in Cambodia, then stay at The Peninsula Phnom Penh. This luxurious apartment is affordable compared to European prices and has a stunning rooftop pool overlooking the city. Click here for more information and prices.
If you prefer to stay in a hostel so it’s easier to make friends while traveling solo, then I would highly recommend staying at Pooltop Phnom Penh. As the name suggests, this hostel has a pool on top of it.
When you want to stay in a party hostel, stay at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh.
What to do in Phnom Penh?
- Go shopping in the Central Market
- Visit the National Museum of Cambodia
- Learn about history at the Killing Fields & visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
- Wander through the Royal Palace
- Go for a massage
Where to eat and drink in Phnom Penh?
- Have drinks at Sora Skybar
- Go clubbing at Heart of Darkness (LGBTQ+ friendly)
- Have dinner at David’s Handmade Noodles Restaurant
- Go bar hopping at Bassac Lane
3 days of solo travel in Koh Rong
Koh Rong is one of Cambodia’s most beautiful islands. Its waters are crystal clear and the sandy beaches are stunning. However, do keep in mind that this island has already vastly been discovered by tourists. Don’t expect a hidden island with hardly anyone on it.
How to get to Koh Rong?
The common route to get to Koh Rong Island is via Sihanoukville. You’ll first have to get here before you can take a ferry to Koh Rong Island. This place is not a charming place to say the least. It has to be one of the weirdest places I have ever been.
Before going here, I had already read that the place kind of belongs to the Chinese mafia. This made me a little skeptical to go there, but eventually it was less bad than expected and I hardly felt unsafe while I was there. I could even use my Alipay (one of the apps in China to pay) here, which I thought was pretty convenient.
From Sihanoukville the ferry takes around 1 hour and costs around 25 US dollars per person (return).
Where to stay in Koh Rong?
Koh Rong has beautiful beaches with crystal clear water and is more touristy than its neighboring island.
I would recommend staying a little further away from the centre of Koh Rong, as this can get a little noisy at night. A perfect place to stay in Koh Rong is Beachwalk Koh Rong. It’s absolutely paradise. Here you’ll find their prices and more.
If you prefer to stay in a hostel here, then stay at Mad Monkey Koh Rong.
What to do in Koh Rong?
- Relax on Long Set Beach
- Go swimming
- Go snorkeling / diving
- Visit Pagoda Beach Koh Rong
- Visit Sok San Beach
3 days of solo travel in Koh Rong Sanloem
Koh Rong Sanloem is an island located very near to Koh Rong. It’s smaller and less developed than its neighbor. It sees less tourists, yet still expect to see tourists there. It’s one of my favorite places in Cambodia. If you’re looking for an island getaway, then this is it.
How to get to Koh Rong Sanloem?
From Koh Rong you can take the ferry to Koh Rong Sanloem. This doesn’t take long, it only takes 30 minutes. A one-way ticket approximately costs 6 US dollar per person.
Where to stay in Koh Rong Sanloem?
For a stay in a hostel I would opt for CocoHuts. This hostel is right on the beach and the views from here are beautiful.
What to do in Koh Rong Sanloem?
- Go snorkeling / diving
- Walk to Freedom Waterfall
- Visit Lazy Beach
- Go to M’pai Bay
- Go island hopping on a bout tour
Last 2 days of solo travel in Phnom Penh
So, what to do during these last days? Stay in Phnom Penh, as the airport is located here. Relax a little before you set off on a (probably long) flight again.
Make sure you’re rested before you set off on your solo travel journey again, or before you set off to your flight back home.
Where to stay in Phnom Penh?
Stay somewhere where you can fully relax before you go traveling again. A good place for this is Jungle Addition. This hotel has a beautiful swimming pool area and really looks like a jungle oasis.
Another affordable option to relax during these last couple of days is La Chronique Hotel. This hotel is conveniently located nearby the night market. However, this hotel doesn’t have a swimming pool.
What to do during these last days in Phnom Penh?
- Have a massage at Raffles Palace
- Relax at your hotel
- Take a boat ride on the Mekong River
- Visit Phnom Penh Night Market
More places to consider for solo travel in Cambodia
If you have more than 10 days to explore Cambodia or if you’re not just after ‘’island life’’, I would highly recommend visiting the wonders of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat!
More places worth checking out include Kampot and Kep, and Battambang. If you’re a foodie or interested in culture, these places will especially be interesting for you.
As I haven’t been there myself, I haven’t included this in this 10-day solo travel guide, however I have heard many great things about these unique places.
Tip: crossing the border from Cambodia to Vietnam is quite easy, and crossing a border by foot always has a certain kind of adventurous feel to it, so if you’re not sure where to go after your travels this is worth considering!
Cambodia is an amazing country for solo travel. You can start in Phnom Penh and make your way to the islands to visit beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters.
Adjust this itinerary however you want – if you want to see more culture and historical sights, then definitely include Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
More places worth checking out are Kampot and Kep, and Battambang. If you’re staying a little longer in Cambodia, definitely include these places.
Have you ever traveled solo in Cambodia? Please let me know in the comments!
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