Gay travel to Cambodia is now affordable and safer. The tropical paradise is now a gay friendly vacation destination. The recent stable government of Cambodia has cleaned up their country and are welcoming both straight and gay tourist with open arms.
Three million souls lost their life during the decades of political terror and genocide. Now Cambodia, located between the countries of Vietnam and Thailand, has become a tourist destination that brings together gay and straight tourists from around the world. Your partner and yourself will enjoy many valued spots like the beautiful nature of Batambang, the majestic temple of Angkor Wat, and the exciting and exotic nightlife of Phnom Penh. You can enjoy your gay lifestyle without scrutiny or prejudice and do so within sight of the friendly people of the country.
Entering the country of Cambodia by air is easier than it was in the past because of the expansion of the international airport. There are domestic flights between Phnom Penh and the area of Siem Reap. Cambodia's currency is called the Riel and the average exchange rate for the Riel is 4000 Riel to 1 US Dollar. Health and cleanliness have improved over the last decade, but the same warnings of traveling in a tropical environment still apply
Unlike most third world countries, homosexuality is legal in Cambodia. In recent years more and more restaurants, bars, and hotels have opened dedicated to the gay lifestyle. A simple website search will allow you to find the gay friendly restaurants in the area of Cambodia you decide to visit.
Cambodia does not recognize same sex marriages. The Buddhist influence in the country limits judgement and reduces homophobic tendencies toward gay tourists. Most of the time, gay people are seen as an oddity and people will just watch you from a far. Other Muslim and Christian countries that are nearby are not as lenient. Those cultures do not allow an open mind.
Since 2004 there have been a gay pride parade and festival in Phnom Penh that has become more and more popular each year. Thousands descend on the capital to be part of the festival or just to watch the festivities from the gay participates.
No matter where you go in Cambodia, you will find some gay friendly spot where you can let your hair down and have fun. From the red district of of Phnom Penh, to the back country villages you can find same sex adventures around every corner. A warning though, there has been over one million cases of HIV reported in Cambodia and many other cases unreported. Be careful when socializing with the local gay men because many are prostitutes who will give services even though they have been diagnosed with the HIV virus.
So for your next trip to an exotic destination, pick Cambodia and discover its gay friendly atmosphere. Gay travel to Cambodia is not as dangerous as it used to be and with a little planning and scouting before you depart, you will find the country delightful and truly an exciting gay vacation destination.
Howie Holben wrote this gay vacations to Cambodia help post. He is the owner of Spirit Journeys, a gay tours organization. Spirit Journeys suggests spiritual gay vacations world wide.