While Cambodian culture is tolerant of homosexuality, the LGBT+ scene here is certainly nothing like that in Thailand. Both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have a few gay-friendly bars, but it’s a low-key scene compared with some parts of Asia.
With the vast number of same-sex travel partners – gay or otherwise – checking into hotels across Cambodia, there is little consideration over how travelling foreigners are related. However, it is prudent not to announce your sexuality. As with heterosexual couples, passionate public displays of affection are considered a basic no-no.
Recommended websites when planning a trip:
Cambodia Gay (www.cambodia-gay.com) Promoting the LGBT+ community in Cambodia.
Sticky Rice (www.stickyrice.ws) Gay travel guide covering Cambodia and Asia.
Utopia (www.utopia-asia.com) Gay travel information and contacts, including some local gay terminology.