Cambodia

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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.

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. 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

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. Haggle hard, as they will easily ask 3-4 times of the regular price for foreigners.

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