Cambodia Warnings and Dangers

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

Cambodia Warnings and Dangers

  • From dusk till dawn

    Phnom Penh Warnings and Dangers

    A bit tipsi after hitting the bars on 104th and 136th St., it was about 1:30 am, I got into a moto to go back to my hotel. After I told the driver the name of my hotel, a popular hotel he should have known, he made motions that he didn't understand or did not know where my hotel was. He also seemed a little perturbed at my manner then got on his...

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  • Your bag is your life

    Phnom Penh Warnings and Dangers

    The warnings are in every guidebook and it is a common topic among visitors as they sink into the sofas at a pavement cafe. I normally treat the warnings of daylight theft casually, but I, also, felt that you could be at greater risk of being mugged or attacked in Phnom Penh than in almost any other city I have visited in recent years. I can't...

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  • "Corruption"

    Phnom Penh Warnings and Dangers

    When renting a motobike in Phnom Penh, be careful not to break any traffic rules. There are huge numbers of policemen who just wait until a foreigner violates a rule. Then they stop you and demand money. Keep in mind that everything can be bargained - I was meant to pay 20$ for violating a "No right-turns!" sign (which, I guess, wasn't even wrong:...

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  • Dangerous Driving

    Phnom Penh Warnings and Dangers

    Motorbikes (but not self-drive cars) are available for rent, however Phnom Penh traffic is chaotic and dangerous even by Asian standards. Motorbike-taxis (motos) are everywhere and will take you anywhere for a small fare. A trip from Sisowath Quay to Central Market costs about 2,000 riel (50 US cents). Fares are higher at night, you need to agree...

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  • Climate

    Phnom Penh Warnings and Dangers

    On the boat from Siem Reap I had to do all the journey on the roof, under the bright sun. I didn't care taking sun lotion with me, as I am used to the sun and don't really care much about that. But 5 hours under that sun was too much for me, and my face got seriously burnt (I peeled away next week). So at least bring some hat or umbrella to protect...

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  • Landmines

    Phnom Penh Warnings and Dangers

    During the last couple of years, safety in Cambodia has improved a lot. The main problem in rural area are still the landmines (especially near the border to Thailand). The Khmer Rouge have been dissolved in 1998. So the threat of being hijacked has vanished. More of a problem nowadays is crime, which is on the fast rise. Especially Phnom Penh is...

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  • POIPET

    If crossing the border at Poipet make sure that you arrive in plenty time to continue your journey as it is the worst place in Cambodia to get stuck in. It is full of casinos and whores, mainly catering for the Thais. avoid this border town if you can.

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  • Hotel Rooms

    I would suggest that you avoid hotels in Cambodia if possible. A number of most peculiar coincidences in Hotel rooms in Cambodia caused me to suspect that my privacy was being grossly abused along the lines of spy cameras or other covert surveillance in my room.When I made enquiries at the Phnom Penh Municipal Police - Office of Central Security,...

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  • TAKE CARE AFTER DARK IF ALONE

    CAMBODIA Cambodia has a reputation as being dangerous at night. This I beleive is the case especially in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The daytime is fine ,but still be aware with your valuables, drive by motorbike bag snatches happen as do pickpocket activities. Many locals will advise you about the dangers and especially of being out alone...

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  • BE AWARE OF PICKPOCKETS AND BAG SNATCHES

    CAMBODIA Like most big cities of the world crime against tourists is big buisiness. The big cities of Asia are really known for their "drive by bag snatches" and different forms of robbery.The streets are crammed with thousands of small motorcycles and are a thiefs dream. Having your wallet or purse stolen by a pick pocket is a real likelehood of...

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  • ALWAYS HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE HERE

    CAMBODIA When travelling here in Cambodia..Like everywhere else. Make sure that you have Travel Insurance to guarantee your safety in case of an unforseen accident. Ambulances in lots of SE Asia are few and far between and really are not the places to have extended stays in Hospital. Make sure that before you set out on your travels that the...

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  • USE A STRONG SUNSCREEN 30 + EVERYDAY

    CAMBODIA Wherever I travelled in Cambodia the sun was fieircley hot and the heat really oppresive. It is imperative to make sure that you carry and use a strong sunscreen with you. I always have a small tube of at least 30+ and make sure that I cover my nose and the tops of my ears. and the backs of your hands. These are the two most prominent...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY A RELIABLE MOSQUITO...

    CAMBODIA I found that travelling in South East Asia anywhere I ALWAYS carried and used a reliable Mosquitoe and Insect Repellant. Mainly due to the heat and the humidity here in the tropics it is imperative to use a Mosquito Repellant everyday..Malaria and Dengue fever are prevelant and can be fatal.I always covered up with long sleeves and long...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY SUFFICIENT FRESH BOTTLED...

    Whenever I am travelling in and around South East Asia I am never without sufficient fresh Bottled water. As these tropical climates produce such extremely hot and humid days it is imperative when out exploring usually as so much walking/hiking is involved it is just so important to replace lost fluids. Dehydration can come upon you quickly without...

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  • Floods in Siem Reap Sept/Oct 2011

    Cambodia is not affected as much as Thailand but Siem Reap had been flooded and the central area was under water. google or youtube for more photos and videos.Just yesterday my brother wrote to me to say that he is thinking of closing his hotel temporarily because of lack of business. Another friend wrote to say she couldnt get to work because of...

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  • Pt with Type 1 traveling through South...

    Terry, I am quite aware of the situation with diabetes in VN, Cambodia. Both at HCMC PPH SRP you can get supplies but in Cambodia they are limited. Type 1 Diabetes as you may well be aware of, is not very common in those countries whereas Type 2 is more common. There are lots of good people doing voluntary and NGO work in these countries trying to...

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  • Fake Immigration Official

    We arranged to take a taxi from Bangkok to Siem Reap to see the countryside instead of flying and confirmed with the driver, who was the Director of a Travel Agency near our hotel that he would guideus through the border and our Cambodian driver would be waiting. He was a pleasant enough guy and we had an uneventful drive to the border. But once...

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  • UXO (Unexploded Ordnance)

    Since WWII, Cambodia has been consumed by decades of brutal war, resulting in the loss of millions of lives and extensive damage to the economy and basic infrastructure. Despite over a decade of relative peace, Cambodian people continue to be killed and maimed daily as a result of the countless number of unexploded ordance, or UXO, that remain...

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  • This could save your life

    I love my running, and whilst in Siam Reap (for Angkor wat) I wanted to run off into the fields for my daily 40 minute jog.I was very clearly told that if you venture more than a couple of feet off a tarmaced / gravelled / marked path the landmines could be lurking.I know that the problem is still massive because in June 05 the Falkland islanders...

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  • Landmines

    Land mines and unexploded ordnance can be found in rural areas throughout Cambodia, but especially in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Siem Reap, and Kampong Thom provinces. At no time should you walk in forested areas or in dry rice paddies without a local guide. Areas around small bridges on secondary roads are particularly dangerous. If you...

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  • Land Mines

    In the early 90s, Cambodia still had about 10 million land mines buried in the country (which was more than the country’s total population.) It is down to an estimated 2 million now, due to the efforts of foundations run by Princess Diana, Queen Noor and Aki Ra, but it’s still dangerous. There were 600 land mine casualties last year. Crews continue...

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  • CHILD PROSTITUTION – REPORT IT !

    Unfortunately the scourge of child prostitution is all too real here in Cambodia. After Thailand cracked down on this in recent years the predators moved on to Cambodia and Vietnam. Some poor families actively allow children to take part in this sick trade because it does generate money. Many organisations are working now within the country to...

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  • Estimation

    Erm....well I just want to warn you not to trust Cambodian when it come to estimating land travelling time. We waste so many hours travelling from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. Should have stayed there but since the idea we get is "very near" hence we waste almost 7 hours of good travelling time just on the road. Other than this, Phnom Penh is quite...

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  • sunset trip to the lake at Siem Reap

    One evening myself and my friend decided to take an organised trip along the river to the lake at Siem Reap to photograph the sunset. We were the only persons on the boat and were asked if we would like to contribute exercise books and pencils to the local floating school. Thinking this was a great idea we stopped at a floating shop to purchase...

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  • Phnom Penh at night.

    Phnom Penh after dark is still a bit dodgy and can be unsafe in some of the darker streets.The town has in recent years attracted some of the more dodgy foreigners and that has created some criminal enviroment.You don't need to be very worried about Phnom Penh at night, but take your precausions and grab a cab if you feel that the street you are in...

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  • Be careful in Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh does have a reputation for bag/purse snatchers on cyclos/motor-bikes so it's best to carry any bag/purse securely. Also the occasional mugging/robbery. Best to have money/valuables in a money belt or neck-pouch.

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  • Cheater taxi driver

    1.OK...the best way and cheap tp travel around Phnom Penh is by motorbike. You can hired one motorbike with cost USD10. BUT..hehe...you must CLEAR with them that you want the whole day, and DONT mentioned the places you want to go when you deal with them. IF not, the next day, they will tell you to hurry up and they want to finish early. Later,...

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  • Souvenir t-shirts & eating out

    Cheap t-shirts at usd1.50 with pictures of the different temples are sold everywhere. I noticed that the sewing is poor and after 2 wears, the stiching gave way. This is not exclusive to t-shirts but bags/purses etc. things machine sewn. Buy more and be prepared that this will happen. Pity because you cannot buy it anywhere else (other countries)....

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  • beggars in siem riep

    theres loads of beggars in siem riep - dont give them money as this only makes the problem worse. give them some food or water - the genuine ones will accept it gratefully.there is an organised gang of kids who hang around the main restraunt street who prey on naive tourists. we watched them operate from a rooftop bar one night and it was amazing...

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  • Water

    Do not drink the water in Cambodia- only bottled water- use only water bottled by the cocacola company.The local water is filled with parasites.

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  • low water from siem reap to battambang

    If travelling from siem reap to battambang,make sure the water on the river is at it's highest! what should have been a 2 hour boat ride turned out to be 4 hours,the river was so low we could not go any further,they said we will be taking an air conditioned minibus the rest of the way,this was actually a pick up truck in the middle of a village,all...

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  • Stay close to your Guide

    Be very aware , that anywhere that you travel off the beaten paths..... there is a good chance you will run across some of the several hundred's of Thousands of old unstable unexploded land mines. Viet Nam era G.I. issue souveners are FAKES, and mass produced. Should you be temped to remove any relics, the law states that you will be a guest of the...

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  • Be Careful on the Roads

    Theoretically, you are supposed to drive on the right side of the road in Cambodia. From what I could gather, however, there are no traffic laws whatsoever. This is a place where size definitely matters, with the largest vehicles often simply driving down the middle of the road sending anyone in their way scattering. The roads also are full, mostly...

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  • Mines

    Decades of war left a bitter legacy. Estimates are that there are still between 10 and 12 million mines in Cambodia,which is about one per inhabitant and makes Cambodia the most heavily mined country in the world. The Khmer Rouge heavily mined the country and so did the government in an effort to stop the guerilla. Every month hundreds of accidents...

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  • be ware of small pickpockets.

    Siemreap: it's relatively safe, since it's touristy, many people are able to get jobs to feed themselves. But be careful of some tourist traps, and be bold to wage a bargain. Get some information about the average prices for some certain products and services, exp: how much is a tuktuk for one day one person, etc.Pnom Penh: pickpockets are around,...

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  • Naughty, naughty!!! (never imitate...

    Never imitate me which "intentionally" tried to further ruining a historical ruin. Luckily my name is not Samson, else Cambodia ruins will be totally ruined by me.Please making sure that nothing will fall on you if you must take such a naughty shot.

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  • Water

    You really need to be careful in Cambodia when drinking water. Typically you should never drink from the tap and make sure your bottle has been sealed properly. Peel your fruits and be careful when buying food off the streets because sanitation issues arise. Most people do not clip their fingernails as often as in many countries and the germs are...

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  • Cash not credit cards

    we missed the flight coming back home from Siem Reap, thinking i was able to purchase my flight ticket back home using credit card, so that i have some cash with me for accomodation and the airport tax. i was quite surprise that the airline ticket office did not accept credit card at all and the ticket cost a whooping 89USD. we had to fork out...

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  • Bird Flu

    There is an outbreak of Avian flu in Cambodia. General precautions to take include:- flu jab?- avoid places with live poultry/birds- make sure chicken/duck meat are fully cooked before consuming- practice good personal hygiene

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  • Siem Reap Airport

    My first impression on arriving at the airport at Siem Reap was very negative. The people at the visa issue desks were austere and intimidating; however, I managed to stay composed despite one of immigration officers literally throwing my “landing card” back across the desk at me because I had accidentally presented it to him with my passport and...

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  • Camera, Purse Snatching, and Avian Flu

    I speak only for Siem Reap, and unfortunately there are now many instances of camera snatching from cyclists who are still on the roads at dusk and after dark. Also tourists in the local market and the “Old Market” in Siem Reap are vulnerable to both camera and purse snatching. I was advised by my driver to wear a vest when visiting the markets and...

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  • Bus station at Siem Reap

    Tuk tuk and moto-taxi drivers at the bus station that serves Siem Reap behave appallingly on arrival. There is little if any order despite Police presence and they will crowd round you and your bags allowing no space to pick them up shoving hottle sheets in your face and shouting out all kinds of offers. Having been there before, I knew I could...

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  • Mealy Chenda

    Try to avoid using the services of Mealy Chenda. It has developed into an almost mafia-like tourist company that tries to 'thailandize' travelling in Cambodia by making sure that all travellers use their services (transport, tours, accommodation) only, instead of being individual using public transport, choosing your own place to stay; and their...

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  • Steep Crumbly Steps or Staircase

    Ensure that shoes with good and proper grips are worn when going about the temples in the angkor valley...The steps are usually very steep as it was the belief that mortals should not be able to reach the gods so easily, and after centuries, most are crumbling or in dire need of repair...

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  • Travelling Around

    I have just returned from 3 weeks travelling around Cambodia, during which time I felt safer than I would walking the backstreets of London at night.I saw a few people get into trouble, and a few get ripped off.From what I could gather, those that "suffered problems" should have been a little wiser, a little less brash, a little less loud, and a...

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Comments (1)

  • Sep 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    These posts are too offensive and over reacting! Plus, Some post is not even true. I don't know if it's your intentional or non. But, i would suggest that you should use more of understanding of differences of places in the world.

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Sep 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      You may not have realised that all all VT tips are written by individual members, either locals or visitors. So it is inevitable that there will be a range of opinions which reflect individual experiences....and there are certainly no grounds for stating that those experiences are 'not true'.

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