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Flag of Cambodia Cambodia
Language: Khmer
Capital: Phnom Penh
Population: 13,971,000
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Hitchability: <rating country='kh' />
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Cambodia is a country in South East Asia. on the main highways, it is pretty easy to hitch. On some remote roads things may be harder though.

if you put your thoumb up, the cambodian will think you looking for taxi. you should hit the air with your hand and than they will understand you hitch hike You can hitch on every single road in Cambodia, there are just more and less busy roads. People are very friendly, but most don't really know what hitchhiking is. Many will assume you are trying to flag down a taxi - so they won't stop. Taxis will stop of course, that's why it's important to make it very clear that you have no money. some cars will stop for you and will think you can be a great side money so make it clear you have no money. Actually, it's even possible to hitch a ride with a taxi, when they already have a passenger who paid for the trip.

Trucks and lorries are most likely to give you a free lift. You will probably spend more time on the back of vehicles then inside. This can be a pleasant way to enjoy sun, wind and the beautiful landscape. Make sure you bring water, sunscreen and a hat though, as you might get a 4-hour-lift without a single minute of shade.

Most people speak basic English and will understand at least something like "no money". In Khmer you can say k'nyom ot mean loy - "I no have money" is the literal translation.

Thumb here has no meaning, so waving to the drivers would be the only way to hitch a ride. again- hit the air- they understand that.

Almost all main roads lead to Phnom Penh. From there it's easy to make it on less that a day to Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Battambang or the Vietnamese border.

Public transport

Intercity buses are cheap, but inside the cities, there is no public transport at all. Even Phnom Penh with its population of 2 million does not have a local bus network. To get out of the city, you will have to use motorbikes or tuktuk. Haggle hard, as they will easily ask 3-4 times of the regular price for foreigners.Don't be shy and always deal with the price. if it's too much just start to walk, the will follow you and reduce the price.


Phnom Penh
Siem Reap

Personal Experiences

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Information, tips and personal experiences of hitch-hiking in Cambodia. A 2103 km journey on 40 vehicles and 1 boat! (only in spanish), by Marcando el Polo

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