LGBTQIA+ travellers encompass a diverse range of identities and sexualities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual individuals. When visiting Cambodia, specific situations and issues may arise for those who identify with one or more of these terms.
LGBTQIA+ rights in Cambodia
Cambodia’s social attitudes towards LGBTQIA+ individuals are multifaceted. While same-sex relationships are legal, same-sex marriage is not recognized. Although many Cambodians appear to accept identities and sexualities outside the hetero-cis binary, they often view them as changeable or stemming from trauma.
Traditional Khmer culture acknowledges gender identity beyond the binary. However, transgender Cambodians commonly face discrimination. LGBTQIA+ Cambodians often feel societal pressure to conform to “traditional” heterosexual marriages and adopt gender expressions aligned with their assigned sex at birth.
Is Cambodia safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?
Despite these complexities, Cambodia is generally a safe destination, and LGBTQIA+ travellers are unlikely to face outright discrimination. While confusion and bemusement may occur, especially in rural areas or small villages, discrimination and violence are highly unlikely. It’s worth noting that public displays of affection are uncommon in Cambodia, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Queer culture in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh offers a vibrant collection of gay and gay-friendly establishments. From the energetic nightclub, Heart of Darkness, to the welcoming salon-bar hybrid, Space, there are options for everyone. Those who enjoy drag performances will be delighted by the capital’s offerings. While these establishments primarily cater to gay men, they are generally inclusive spaces for all LGBTQIA+ individuals. Notably, Blue Chillies enjoys a reputation as an accepting and warm haven. In summary, LGBTQIA+ travellers will find Phnom Penh a welcoming destination.
Queer culture in Siem Reap
Siem Reap boasts a thriving queer scene catering to both locals and expats. The city offers a variety of bars, cafes, hotels, and saunas. Similar to Phnom Penh, most of these spaces are geared towards gay men. However, many of the bars are accepting and inclusive for all LGBTQIA+ individuals. Miss Wong, a vintage-style cocktail bar, is an excellent place to connect with other queer folks, while Barcode regularly hosts professional drag performances.
Solo travel and room sharing
If you are embarking on a solo journey with an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a traveller of the same gender as indicated on your passport. However, if your gender identity differs from that on your passport, please inform us during the booking process, and we will arrange rooming configurations accordingly. Additionally, most of our tours offer the option to pay for an individual room for those who prefer not to share.
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