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Safety for females in Cambodia

 
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Jessika_



Joined: 24 Mar 2009
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:18 am    Post subject: Safety for females in Cambodia Reply with quote

I know there are a few other topics about this but I was just wondering from any females if they have any problems there? I've read tons of bad, and tons of good. I just want to know from female prospective or if any of you have female friends how safe they feel being alone there? Thanks!
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Tetris



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jessika,

I am one of the few, the proud, the lone females in Phnom Penh. I see no reason to feel particularly unsafe; in my several months here I have had no problems whatsoever (although that hardly makes a scientific survey). The major issue I have is the strange looks I get when I tell people I came here alone, no husband, no boyfriend, no other friends, just alone. Because I wanted to.

Feel free to PM me with any other questions.
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Jessika_



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have enough posts yet to PM people. How was it finding a job there? Did you go to the country and look or find one from home? Sorry for all the questions.
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hogiekj



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:53 am    Post subject: Lone female in Cambodge Reply with quote

My experience is very dated but I spent three years in PP as a lone female. I don't think I ever thought about how many other lone females there were around the town. I'm reasonably self-sufficient and I worked, swam, read, wandered without too many problems. I did live quietly and I wasn't out at the Heart of Darkness at 11pm looking for trouble. One thing...don't go there with the expectation of finding lots of lone, ex-pat males looking for love.....they won't be looking in your direction unless things have changed very dramatically.
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greyskymornings



Joined: 17 May 2011
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:25 am    Post subject: Lone Female in Cambodia Reply with quote

I don't know if this thread is outdated, but I went to Cambodia in January 2011 alone. I stayed in a guesthouse for most of the time, and everything went smoothly. I don't know if I would give a resounding "YES" on the claim that Cambodia is totally safe though. If you are a foreigner you are a definite target for enthusiastic (sometimes pushy) tuk-tuk drivers and motorcycle 'taxis'. I did have one guy that kind of followed me around town and made me uncomfortable, but it was in broad daylight on a very busy, populated street.

Just be very, very aware of your surroundings.
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PattyFlipper



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:17 am    Post subject: Re: Lone Female in Cambodia Reply with quote

greyskymornings wrote:
If you are a foreigner you are a definite target for enthusiastic (sometimes pushy) tuk-tuk drivers and motorcycle 'taxis'.


This is an annoyance, not a danger. Irritating? At times, extremely. Life-threatening? Hardly. If I feel my blood-pressure rising, I try to remind myself that these guys are only trying to scrape a living the best they can. There is no Welfare or Social Security in Cambodia. Conversely, having a plethora of readily-available and comparatively cheap transportation options is for me one of the advantages of living here. A joy compared to the situation in my last location, where a car was an absolute necessity if one didn't want to exist like a hermit.

greyskymornings wrote:
Just be very, very aware of your surroundings.


Sound advice. And true of pretty much any urban population centre anywhere in the World. The Khmers are a fairly mellow, laid-back bunch and are not generally looking for problems, particularly with foreigners. Exercise the usual caution and you are unlikely to become a victim. Crime, particularly violent crime, against Westerners is thankfully still comparatively rare. Much more so than in neighboring Thailand, for example.
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