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When I was 22, I travelled to Cambodia solo for the first time. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and it made me realize that travelling solo is not scary—it’s amazing! Whether you’re looking to go on your first trip alone or just want some extra inspiration, here’s everything you need to know about how to plan a 10-day itinerary in Cambodia, from where to go and what to bring with you, to how much money you should budget for each day of your trip (spoiler: it’s more than just food).

Closeup shot of famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia
Closeup shot of famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia

What to wear:

The most important thing to consider when packing clothes for your 10-day Cambodia vacation is comfort. You’re going on a long trip, so it’s more beneficial to wear clothes that are easy to wash and dry than it is to pack a bunch of stuffy dress shirts.

You’ll want clothing items that can layer easily, again because you may find yourself in places with different temperatures throughout the day or night. And when you’re checking into hotels and hostels every couple of days, it’s nice not to have an entire wardrobe with you at all times—you don’t need ten pairs of shoes!

Plus, if you bring along some comfortable items like long-sleeve shirts as well as shorts and swimwear (a great idea for those who like spending their afternoons by the pool), then there won’t be any need for multiple outfits each day either. This will save space in your bag and make things easier on yourself overall

How to stay safe:

As a solo female traveller, you’ll want to be as safe as possible. It’s important to always keep your wits about you and use common sense when travelling. In Cambodia, it’s especially important to be on the lookout for pickpockets and other thieves who prey on tourists.

Here are some tips for staying safe:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it! If someone is following or watching you closely, politely ask them what they’re doing (in English) so they know that they’ve been caught doing something wrong. They may not know English but they will probably understand “stop following me” or “leave me alone.” This can be an effective way of teaching others about personal space without being confrontational about it.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially at night when there are fewer people around and it’s easier for bad guys with bad intentions to sneak up close before striking! If someone is approaching from behind, turn around quickly so he/she knows that this was a bad idea! Forcing eye contact makes them uncomfortable—making them think twice before following through with their plans on hurting someone else later tonight…or tomorrow afternoon…or whenever the next time might be when another unsuspecting victim could fall prey because no one decided beforehand whether or not going after someone else right now would end well if executed properly…”

What to bring:

Before you leave home, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got all of the essentials. Here’s what I recommend bringing on your great adventure:

  • Camera. You can’t capture the memories without it! That said, don’t go overboard and bring a giant DSLR camera when all you’ll need is something small enough to carry around in your purse or backpack.
  • Snacks. When traveling in Southeast Asia, it’s best to keep snacks on hand for those times when hunger strikes on an empty stomach with no place nearby where they serve food (like at Angkor Wat). Your best bets are going to be dried fruits like dates or raisins and nuts like almonds or walnuts—they’re easy to eat while walking around and provide lots of protein and healthy fats that will keep your energy up throughout the day too!
  • Water bottle/canteen (or cup). You’ll want this for hydration purposes throughout the day as well as for washing off any dirt from hands before meals so that germs aren’t passed from one person to another accidentally through touch alone; also good if someone gets sick during their trip because then they won’t have access until hotel). Make sure whatever container you bring has some sort of handle so there’s less chance of dropping it while on tour with others who might get splashed by accident if held improperly by someone else nearby.”

How to decide where to go and how long to stay there:

Making a decision about where to go and how long to stay there is the first step in creating a solo travel itinerary. If you’re new to traveling alone, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where you want to go and how long you’ll need. This section will help you make those decisions easier by providing some of the factors that helped me decide where I should go and when I should visit.

What to eat and drink:

You should avoid drinking tap water, ice and eating uncooked foods. If you are traveling in the rainy season and happen to get a cold, be sure to take some medicine with you.

Spicy minced pork and rice on a black plate.

Where to stay (and find comfort):

If you’re travelling solo, it’s important to find a place that is safe and affordable. Look for an area with a good location (considering the type of activities you plan to do), atmosphere (you don’t want your room facing the street if you’re a light sleeper), and staff (friendly hostel staff will make all the difference in your trip), kitchen facilities (you’ll save money by making your own meals) and bathroom facilities (you will not only feel more comfortable but also save money by not having to spend money on restaurant food and drinks).

Packing checklist for 10-day solo vacation in Cambodia

  • A camera
  • Cash (US dollars, Cambodian riel)
  • Phone with a local SIM card
  • Passport and travel insurance information
  • Credit card with emergency medical coverage and cash advance available abroad (tip: consider getting one with no foreign transaction fees)
  • Sunscreen and hat for tropical climate
  • Sunglasses so you can see where you’re going on motorbike rides through dusty villages if it’s not raining or foggy at night when they do the fireworks display – which they will probably do every night while you are there ($22 per person). Don’t forget that sunscreen may not be sold in rural areas, so bring some with you just in case!

Have a great trip! And don’t forget your camera.

  • Take lots of photos, but don’t forget to live in the moment.
  • Enjoy the food.
  • Enjoy the people.
  • Enjoy the scenery and culture.
  • Have an adventure! It’s a great country for trekking and biking, with beautiful temples and beaches along the way. Plus it’s easy to find tour guides who speak English on your travels around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh if you’re interested in exploring beyond Angkor Wat itself (and I highly recommend that you do—there are so many things to see in this area).
  • Relax, have fun, and enjoy yourself! You’re on vacation after all!
The view of The Royal Palace in The Kingdom of Cambodia.
The view of The Royal Palace in The Kingdom of Cambodia.


So now you’re ready to explore Cambodia with your travel buddy, yourself. Don’t forget to pack your camera and your sense of adventure! We hope these tips will help you have a great time on your solo vacation in Cambodia.