Gay Guide Cambodia

Homosexuality in Cambodia is legal. The age of consent is equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals and is set at the age of 15. Prostitution involving minors is a legal offence until completion of the 18th year of age. It is recommended to check the age on the ID card of anyone you may consider taking back to your hotel, to avoid trouble with under-aged guys. Thanks to Cambodia's predominantly tolerant Buddhist culture, homosexuality is well accepted in the country. In February 2004, the former King Norodom Sihanouk published on his website that he was impressed by the possibility for same-sex couples to marry in San Francisco, and should his people wish to do the same, he would approve this because God loved a "wide range of tastes". Despite this royal declaration, the legislation has not changed, even if some cases of lesbian marriages have been reported by local newspapers. In the last few years, the gay scene has grown rapidly. It is now common to meet kteuy (lady boys) in the streets of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, some of whom appear in drag shows at the popular gay venues. Every year the number of gay bars, hotels or saunas grows. In Cambodia some local gay-themed movies have been successful. Since 2004, the annual meeting point for the community is the Gay Pride Week which takes place in May in Phnom Penh. The mythical Angkor Temples or the gorgeous beaches in the south are just two reasons to visit Cambodia.

Cities in Cambodia

Phnom PenhSiem Reap

Name: Kâmpuchéa · Kambodscha · Cambodge · Camboya · Cambogia
Location: Southeast Asia
Initials: KHM
International country code: 855 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Language: Khmer, English, French
Area: 181,035 km² / 69,898 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Riel (CR) = 100 Sen
Population: 14,865,000
Capital: Phnom Penh
Religions: 93% Buddhism
Climate: Tropical climate. The rainy monsoon season is from May-Nov, the dry season from Dec-Apr. There's little seasonal temperature variation.