Khett Siem Reab Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Cathy&Gary
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Cathy&Gary
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Cathy&Gary

Khett Siem Reab Warnings and Dangers

  • Dengue Fever

    I think the picture says it well enough. Bring adequate bug repellants, particularly if you stay longer or venture deeper into the jungle.For those of you who do not know, Dengue Fever can be fatal. But with the right treatment, it is still not a fun experience. Severe joint pains, fevers, appetite problems, etc. will last for typically 7+ days.

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  • Milk Formula Scam!!

    The milk formula scam has been around for a long time in Siem Reap, the first photo I took of these people was back in 2006. It will be children or women carrying babies or toddlers and they do not ask for money, they ask you to buy formula for the baby and will then take you into a shop to buy it, normally at an inflated price $15 - $35. Once you...

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  • Persistent Vendors

    You Will find that vendors around the Angkor Complex, Particularly at the Ta Prohm area and front of the Terrace of the Elephants at angkor thom to be very persistent in selling their ware to you. They are more persistent than the vendors at Siem Reap and that they will follow you up to your tuk tuk if you are taking a tuk tuk or to your tour bus...

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  • Beggars

    like in any country, Cambodia has beggars and there is quite a number of them here since the country is one of the lowest per capita income countries in the world, Only bangladesh and haiti is lower than Cambodia and the main factor in these is the countless Indo China Wars that the country got involved whether it liked it or not plus the vietnam...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH WATER

    Due to the excessive heat here and as most sites are well off the road there is a lot of walking to be done...ALWAYS carry a large bottle of fresh water as you will find you will drink so much...I usually buy my Fresh water at the supermarket and keep in hotel fridge till needed. I carry enough for the day and leave it in the Tuk Tuk till needed.....

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  • Beggers

    Begging is very common throughout Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Many of them are children. Think twice before you give them money as you will then be helping them to depend on this way of living. Many of them work for gangs or are made to beg by their family, a lot beg to support their glue sniffing habits - especially in the...

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  • Violence

    Violence against tourists is pretty rare, however if you are in a crowded nightclub or bar, just be alert. If you do happen to get into an argument with a young rich Khmer, just back off, many of them carry guns so its just not worth standing your ground and arguing.

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  • Visa and Departure Tax

    When you arrive in Siem Reap Airport, you can get the visa on arrival without waiting too long. It will cost you 20 USD per person. While you are leaving Cambodia, you need to pay a departure tax of 25 USD per person.

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  • Angkor in danger

    I think that tourists who nowadays come to Siem Reap are safe. Everywhere we went we met smiling people, offering help if needed. We (two middle-aged women) often walked away from the tourist places to see the 'real life' and never met with any hostile gestures or words. So it is not tourists that are in danger but Angkor itself.In 1993, when...

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  • Spare Some Money for this Last Expense!

    At the point of departure, the airport at Siem Reap has a counter, which requires you to pay airport service charge. It's a USD 25 for every foreigner and USD 13 for children. That's shocking! No pay on arrival though. They accept credit cards, which was a relief for me (all this while I thought once you're heading home, it's good enough to have...

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  • Not too far for a tuk-tuk

    A minor warning really. Siem Reap is only a small town. We wanted to get to the Night Markets (from Bar Street) and were told it was too far to walk and we should get a tuk-tuk. I wasn't too sure about this as the map looked very small and we decided to just try and walk - just as well, the Markets were just at the end of the street. Obviously just...

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  • LANDMINES !!!!

    IF YOU PLAN TO GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TO VISIT TEMPLES OR OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STICK TO THE WELL MARKED TRAILS..THIS IS BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF MINES IN THE AREA.. PLACES TO TAKE CARE ARE KBAL SPEAN AND THE MORE OUTLYING TEMPLES FAR FROM ANGKOR.IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS CHECK WITH A LOCAL GUIDE.BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN...

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  • Proliferation of Food OUtlets for...

    One of the oldest, advertises a restaurant, we have been here since 2002! in fact that was the year of my first visit to Siem Reap,and the explosion is incredible. The sad part is that everything, with few exceptions, unlike in other countries, are owned by expatriates.. there are over 200 restaurants catering for foreigners, and over 100 hotels...

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  • Watch Your Wallets

    When getting in Tuk Tuks in pub street, be careful to keep an eye on your wallet.As you are getting into the tuck tuck, a few young lads will appear to be helping you into the tuk tuk, when in actual fact one of them is seeing which pocket your wallet is in, and signaling to the other which pocket to dip as you are waiting for the tuk tuk to pull...

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  • Nuisance street peddlars!

    Had a bad encounter with street peddlars selling lonely planet guidebooks one afternoon after my massage around the Pubstreet area. Some children rudely scolded us for not buying their wares. When I decided to buy a lonely planet guide book from an amputee seller, the other kids came running towards us, and pester us to buy their books too.

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  • Rip off Tuc-Tucs

    The Tuc-Tuc drivers are just as bad as in Bangkok. One taken me for a 15 minute drive then dropped me off only about 150 yards from where I started then tryed to get more money off me even though I had given him a map with the place I was staying at circled on it!!!!

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  • Water

    Don't drink the tap water.Bottles of water are very cheap and you can buy them everywhere. Clean your teeth with bottled water as well.Leave a Comment

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  • Bags, Cameras etc

    Always be aware of your handbag, backpacks, cameras, mobile phones etc. Especially if you are travelling in a cyclo, hold on to your belongings tightly, wrap you handbag strap a couple of times around your wrist.If a bike pulls up alongside you with 2 guys on it, chances are the passenger is checking out what you have he can easily grab. We met a...

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  • Angkor Wat -Slippery steps

    The steps are huge and hard to climb, you have to watch out and make your way up the steps. It is a hard and tiring climbs but it was worth it.Be extra careful when its raining the steps are slippery.

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  • Kids begging for money

    The kids will beg for money, understandably as their families are poor. However, giving them money may cause them to be professional beggers. Instead, how about bringing items such as crayons, pencils, sweets, erasers, etc - stuff that they can use at home or in school? They'll happily accept these!

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  • US dollars preferred

    We each changed $100 into riel thinking that we needed local money for food and shopping but that was a big mistake. All the establishments we went to and even the little girls selling postcards wanted $'s. They'd take riel but with the confusion of computing the exchange rate, you're much better off just having small dollar bills. They'd give you...

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  • Trust your instincts

    My cellphone fell out of my pocket while I was taking pictures of Angkor Wat at sunrise. Since I was sitting on the grass, I didn't even hear it drop. An hour later, my friends, who were at the hotel called the driver of my rental car and asked to speak to me. In a roundabout way, they found out I had lost my phone even before I did.How roundabout?...

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  • Do not think you walk alone....

    More than one million visitors in a year come to Siem Rap to visit the Angkor temples. This amount is increasing fast. The visitors come from all over the world, but the majority of visitors are from Asia. Especially the visitors from Japan, South Korea and China are the growing market. In november we came at the start of the tourist season. I was...

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  • Beggars...

    I wouldn't call it a danger, but rather an annoyance. A lot of land mine victims are begging around in Siem Reap even late in the evening. Unfortunately begging is probably their only option to earn money and live. Some others somehow like the Angkor Association for the Disabled play music and sell CDs (it's worth supporting them) or selling books...

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  • The toilets at Angkor Wat - be prepared

    Whenever travelling in a country like Cambodia, it is vital that you carry tissues and moist wipes - preferably anti bacterial.Some people carry a toilet roll, but I think that's totally unnecessary. Take a wad of tissues, or a soft-pack (what I carry). Wet wipes are available in the same soft packs which are travel sized and are great for cleaning...

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  • Very steep, hazardous steps

    When you visit the temples at Angkor you will find that many of them have very narrow, steep and treacherous steps. I wore slip-on shoes with a rubber sole and was perfectly comfortable with those as I can't stand joggers. Not only do they make my feet burn, I find they're so bulky that I can often kick the toe of them (which might not be too safe...

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  • Rip offs

    Watch out for everything you buy or pay for in Cambodia. It is very much like China in that you cannot trust what the majority of people say. Everything comes at an inflated price. Try to find out values of things or services you will be buying or using before you get there.We found Cambodia to be surprisingly expensive. It may be a third world...

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  • Another rip-off

    Whilst visiting Angkor Wat, I chose to make an offering of incense and money. I didn't have any small change left, so I gave 100 baht. I had walked around more of the temple and on my way back out a man started harassing me to make an offering. I kept trying to make him understand that I had already made an offering but he wouldn't believe me and...

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  • Be careful with your health

    I know when you visit a new country, most people want to jump in and eat or drink the local cuisine. I am one of those people too-who loves street food. But when you travel to countries like Cambodia-you have to be very careful. The water in Siem Reap and Phnom Pehn isn't clean. Most large hotels will have their own water filtration systems or...

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  • Mines and bombs

    Cambodia is a heavily mined and bombed country. Now the country is in a peaceful state, but these unexploded ordinances or UXO are still causing harm. These UXO take the shape of unused bombs, cluster bomblets, artillery and mortar shells, landmines, rockets, grenades, etc. Cambodian and foriegn agencies are clearing the land looking for UXO, but...

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  • Tuk Tuks

    There are several warnings with regard to tuk tuks. We used a tuk tuk one day and paid $3.00 to get to the Royal Palace (I know it was more than it should have been). The driver took us a slightly different route on the way back to the hotel then charged us $5.00. It was only a short drive and certainly only worth the same as the trip there. It's...

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  • Driving in Cambodia

    Driving in Cambodia is a hair-raising experience. It rates about as well as China for extreme risk-taking and stupidity on the roads. The things we saw our driver and other drivers do nearly put us in the grave, but it's commonplace there. Overtaking in blinding rain on blind corners with oncoming traffic, over-burdened vehicles with people sitting...

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  • Mines

    You will be reminded of the effects of mines everyday in Cambodia as there are so many maimed and limbless people begging in the streets.Areas frequented by tourists are cleared of mines, but make sure you stick to the worn paths. If you must venture outside of the main areas, be very careful and make sure you get some local information, there are...

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  • Bandits and thieves

    If you should venture out to slightly more remote locations, you should be wary of bandits. Apparently they will target tourists who are away from the main areas.We were also warned about the thieves and pickpockets. Even when you are driving along in a tuk tuk ensure all your personal items, including cameras are out of reach through the sides....

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  • Bugs for Dessert

    Now, I'm quite sure you would have seen squishy-looking insects like this on the streets of Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and Laos. Well, Siem Reap is no exception. Look what I found at a local market opposite Golden Temple Villa ! Big black water in its juicy glory and crisp brown fried crickets. Would you dare to eat one of these things? Proceed with...

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  • Molesters Not Wecome!

    I am very sad at the same time enlightened to see this kind of warning around Siem Reap. Though it is a known fact that poor countries (mine included) fall victim to these kind of evil, it still upsets me to think that such beautiful, innocent and friendly people can be treated horribly in their own country.Please let us be a responsible travellers...

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  • Eat the Dust!

    You will be litterally eating the dust while travelling from Poipet to Siem Reap and back. Though you will not die from this ;0) I think it is still worth giving you guys a fair warning.Initially, I plan to take truck in going to/from Siem Reap but decided against it after I have seen the state of the border. I was thanking the heavens afterwards...

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  • Bottled Water Beware

    Be careful of the bottled water you buy in Siem Reap. My friend bought an Aquafina water bottle and I bought Evian --- both were familiar brands to both of us. We bought different ones to distinguish our bottles from each other.My friend got a stomach virus the next day (vomitting etc.) We personally think it's the food she ate the day before (plus...

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  • Cambodian Border Woes

    Forget about asking the tourist police at the Thailand/Cambodian border towns of Aranyaprathet & Poipet for help... they're in on ALL the scams!!We finally found a nice young lad who seemed more accomodating than the rest to drive us to Siem Reap... and negotiated a good price.. before the tourist police himself came along and had WORDS with the...

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  • Highway Schmighway

    Doing the budget travel thing and going overland from Malaysia to Cambodia meant we had plenty of chances to experience the Cambodian "highways" and byways...The Lonely Planet warned that Highway 6 from the border town of Poipet to Siem Reap was something of a joke... but our butts were not laughing (yes, this photo shows you what the highways...

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  • Breakdown...

    This was around 11 p.m. and actually on the way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh but I've put it here as an example of what can easily happen with the way the drivers trash their cars on those Cambodian "highways"! Pitch black all around and it had to happen.. all we could hear were pigs snorting in the nearby villages but had NO idea what was around...

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  • Some of the paths through temple...

    Although this happened only once, we decided to write about it. In Bang Melea, a few hours drive from Siem Reap, there´s a temple site that has not been unearthened. It is an interesting, but dangerous place, as there are no stairs, or handles where to grab into. There´s a route going through the site and the locals are kind enough to tell you the...

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  • Minefields!

    This happened to us as we were visiting the Bang Melea temples, a few hour drive from Siem Reap. We walked through a field that was still unchecked from mines! The red dot on the tree is a sign that should not be crossed. We walked from behind it...

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  • Driver rip-offs

    If you decide to hire a driver for a day, make sure that the rate and what is included in the fee is decided is understood by both parties.We hired a couple of drivers for $5 per day to take us to Angkor (November, 2003) and all went well on day 1. However on day 2, they decided they wanted $7 and that for the previously agreed $5 they would only...

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  • Antiquities

    The authorities are very serious on stopping the purchasing of antiquities. Even replicas of authentic artefacts must be accompanied by a certificate stating that it is in fact a replica.

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