Angkor Wat Warnings and Dangers

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    Monkeys

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    Monkeys near Angkor Thom South Gate
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    There are monkeys in several areas around the temples. You will see people feeding them and trying to pet them. Though they look cute and cuddly, I would not get too close. I saw people trying to pet them or tease them with food and the monkeys bare their teeth and try to bite. I wouldn't want one of them to clamp down on my hand... I kept a respectable distance as I would with any wild animal anywhere else in the world.

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    Do Not Give Money at all Time

    by daryll Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    Yes!!Poor Children, they look cute, innocent, helpless and you wish to adopt one as you may think Angelina Jolie may have did. Do not take out money at all times, and never ever try to give or donate or tip especially cambodian children (i know its sounds cruel) but once you give one then 10 will come, if not the children may have seen this as a common gesture from most tourist.

    Do attempt to street seller, even if you been approached just say no once and thats it otherwise thousan of street seller especially children will follow you whereever you go till you managed to buy one.

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    Airport Departure Tax!

    by aeroarce Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    Be aware that if you take any flight at Siem Reap airport you will have to pay a tax on your departure it is 25USD for international flights, I'm sorry I don't remember the national flight, and is not included in your ticket and only payable in US Dollars, so before getting the airport check you have the amount!!

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    Mosquito-borne illnesses: malaria and dengue fever

    by WesHK Updated Mar 8, 2007

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    The Angkor Wat complex is home to mosquitoes that could be carrying malaria or dengue fever. The World Health Organization warns about Malaria being present in the tourist areas. Carry some bug spray with you, especially if you will be out and about at dawn or after dark.

    You can check out the following WHO website for up-to-date disease information for Cambodia and other countries.

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    Watch out on the stairs

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 8, 2006

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    Steep Stairs at Angkor Wat

    The ancient temples of Angkor Wat are hundreds of years old and the buildings are left as they were when they were built. If you climb up and down the various temples watch out that you don't fall down. Also make sure that the stairs are solid, since some stairs are loose!

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    Steep high steps are dangerous

    by SLLiew Updated Sep 29, 2006

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    At Angkor Wat, at the highest towers, local devotees come to praying with the monks.

    It has an amazing 360 view but there is not much interior decor.

    So do not climb up there unless you are fit and no fear of height. It can be petrifying climbing down, going up was OK. Just the sheer drop looking down. Go for the section where there was a railing to hang on to.

    Many tourists climb up the steps where there are no railing. It can be dangerous and so exercise extreme caution because did not see any emergency medical clinic around.

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    Climbing down in darkness after sunrise

    by SLLiew Updated Sep 29, 2006

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    Do not wait until complete darkness to climb down from the popular hill where all the tourists gather to observe sunset. It is very crowded to tourists and there is no lighting and everyone has to clamber down the fairly steep slopes which is easy to do in the day and challenging if dark. So carry a torch light or come down earlier before dark and before the crowd start rushing down.

    Alternatively, you can see sunset on a air balloon or on ground level to see the changing lights on the temples and over the moats.

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    Danger 4# Wildlife and Land Mines in Siem Reap

    by bpacker Updated Jun 13, 2006

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    Lime-Green Snake, Kbal Spean

    Be careful when you go treking in Siem Reap! While landmines are not a major problem in the Angkor region, they might be present in the jungle region around Kbal Spean and Beng Melea. Apart from those nasties, there is abundant wildlife too!

    Try to stick on well-trodden paths when treking in Siem Reap. It doesn't pay if you get blown to smithereens or get bitten by a snake. You'll only give your travel mates a heart attack. One travel mate of mine gave me the fright of my life when she strayed off the path in Kbal Spean. Knowing that nagging wouldn't help, I told her that her travel insurance would only go so far and pointed to a luscious-looking lime green snake coiled in a tree. Mr Snake distracted her all right. She shuddered and obediently went back.

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    Be aware of the hands your money goes to.

    by thedouglas Written Jun 8, 2006

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    Watching over his source of income?
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    I always give a donation to the small bands of land mine victims who are seated outside many of the temples inside the Angkor Wat complex. However, I was made aware that basically anyone who is inside the region and makes any kind of money for what they are doing, are there with the tolerance of the police, and expected to hand over some of the money.

    I got a rush of blood and gave these guys a few US$ - and then realised the implications of the onlooker.

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    Don't be bullied by aggressive vendor children

    by thedouglas Written Apr 24, 2006

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    I guess its easy to pic the kid

    One of these kids basically tried to bully us to buy from him, over 2 days - amazingly, he remembered us from one day to the next! Would have hoped that the sheer volume of people would give you some anonymity. Told me very clearly "you not buy from me yesterday - so you buy from me today!" - and stalked me through lunch, despite the multitude of other targets - and then back to the car. I told him "you are being rude - and I do not buy if you are rude or show no manners".

    While you may have some other underlying feelings and sympathies, I think its important not to reward demanding impolite behaviour, as plenty of other tourists have to suffer the consequences of reinforcing this behaviour.

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    Warning - Beautiful Sunrise Attack!

    by city_guy Written Feb 5, 2006

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    Sunrise @ Angkor

    A clear warning to anyone who enjoys a good Sunrise!
    Angkor Wat provides one of the best sunrises in the world!

    How to Prepare:
    1. Pre-Book a Tuk tuk the night before
    2. Wake up at 5am
    3. Dont shower and head out
    4. Go to lake in front of Angkor Wat
    5. Fight for the BEST spot
    6. Watch Sunrise for 1 hour.

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    Peddlers galore

    by thedouglas Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    Definitely Captive shopping!
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    Shopping delights at Angkor Wat! No browsing allowed - swallowed up by the sellers if your pace slows or you look sideways at their wares - all demanding explanations as to why they were not the chosen vendor! Persistence can pay off is the vendor motto! I ended up with more T-shirts and singlets from AW than I knew what to do with! Best advice is to grab what you want fast - on the run if you are decisive enough!
    Kids tended to target my kids - and cajole with "you are so beautiful" - but if no purchase made - "you are not beautiful - you ugly!".
    We had great laughs - and enjoyed this in the spirit of the location - and a situation where survival is the motivation - for them! The hunt of the shop is definitely a different ball game in Asia!
    If you are not interested, and politely say no thanks, they will back off - eventually. There will always be another bus or van full of custom behind you. DO NOT tell them you will come back LATER - because they are blessed with excellent visual memories - and eye sight - and you will be spotted from amazing distances, and reminded of your "promise".

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    Beggars and more beggars!

    by thedouglas Written Dec 28, 2005

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    We had some laughs in Angkor Wat temples, when we were constantly shadowed by begging children - who were amazingly persistent, agile and almost ghostlike! Once you demonstrate a willingness to get a photo with them, and PAY, they come from everywhere! Were chased away by the guards inside the temples, but this was a temporary despatch for most of the kids! The old saying about giving an inch definitely applied here as well - so, unless you're in the mood, best to just ignore and they will generally leave you alone.

    Its hard not to relent and offer unkempt little kids some offering, and they were quite appealing.

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    What you encounter at Angkor Wat.....

    by thedouglas Written Dec 28, 2005

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    We visited Angkor Wat temples as a family - and my kids certainly found their personal space invaded - from the moment you stepped out of your vehicle! Vehicles are met by a bevy of peddlers - with books, T-Shirts (by the thousand!), sarongs, little woven baskets, postcards, cheap bracelets etc - even when you went to the toilet! Eating lunch at the makeshift restaurants was also not safe - they hovered and waited for their chance at every destination! Daughter even had a staffmember at a restaurant ask quite seriously for her Billabong cap! A lot of these sellers were small children, and they often moved in "packs" - quite persistent, and targeting children. Although persistent, they were usually easily brushed off if you weren't interested - and plenty of other targets coming up behind you. Some of them were quite nasty if you took interest, and then did not buy - or if you were surrounded (as I was - because I love to shop) - and did not buy from ALL! "why you buy from her, and not me?".

    The cry of "one darlar" will always be memorable - kids ask for this even if you take their pic!

    Also confronted by a policeman in a temple, offering to sell his badge - well this was my interpretation!

    Advised that the young men inside the temples offering to "guide" , and telling stories of needing money for their studies, is usually a "tale" - and, basically anyone in the temples making money, have to share with police etc. Nevertheless, the info they have is still quite good - as long as you bargain hard, and realise what the deal is. It is almost impossible for a Cambodian to get a guide license, as it costs rougly US $1200 (according to our driver), and this is not possible to save - by honest means.

    We loved the holiday - and had many laughs about the barrage of people. Not a bad experience for the kids, as they needed to think about why these people are forced to engage in these behaviours - and maybe go home counting their blessings - and their space!

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    Thailand Cambodia Border

    by CatherineL Written Oct 18, 2005

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    For those who plan to go into Angkor Wat, using ground transportation, espsecially if you come in from Thailand, please be very careful when you cross the Thailand Cambodia border. The place is really like 'war zone'. When you arrive the custom or immigration check, please be very sure if you will need a visa to go in (you can check it in the internet, there are plenty of reliable sources). If your country permits a free entry, be very firm that you DO NOT need to pay any fees before the immigrations. I had the experience of being hassled by the police force(just before the immigrations check-up) demanding for a permit/visa fees. And when I said that Malaysian does not need a visa, he tried to quarantine me and said that I have to pay for a medical booklet. Luckily, I have read enough and insisted that Malaysian does not have to pay anything in order to get into Cambodia and I managed to pass through them without being further harrasted.

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