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Is it safe in Cambodia?

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Is it safe in Cambodia?

I have 6-7 days to kill before meeting my family in Vietnam next May. I am considering Laos, Cambodia or the mountains of Vietnam [Sapa]. From what I have researched any of these places would be interesting to me but I have one concern about Cambodia. Is it safe?

Several travelogues mention that the capital is not safe at night and if you want to go out for a drink you cant walk alone.

How true is that and does it also hold true for Siem Reap or Sihanoukville?

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1. Re: Is it safe in Cambodia?

As with any city/town in the world, there will always be 'safety issues, ie bits to avoid, be careful in etc etc. Just use your common sense, as you would at home.

from what i understand, the majority of crimes against tourists are petty, dont carry bags whilst you're on a moto - there have been reports of bags being taken off people, dont take lots of money out with you, leave passports etc in the hotel. All senseible precauations!

I was on my guard a little more in pp, but i'm much the same in any new city. Siem reap was fine. Shiankouville - not been. read many reviews about the place, and yes, it does seem as if petty crime is there, and its not recomended for woemn to walk alone in the dark along the beach back to hotels etc - i know a number of attacks took place last year.

These things may make the place sound bad, but remember many people go there with no problems, and these things are just as likely to happen at home!

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2. Re: Is it safe in Cambodia?

I agree with the previous poster. The sidestreets empty pretty soon after dark in PP (a bit creepy) although the riverside stays busy. Use the tuk-tuks in SR to get back to your hotel or stay somewhere central. Stay alert and take all usual precautions.

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3. Re: Is it safe in Cambodia?

Thanks guys. Now just have to see which country I end up in!! Its in the hands of the airmiles god!!

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5. Re: Is it safe in Cambodia?

Hi, just had a great month in Cambodia and never felt threatened once. as previously posted you will be fine if you're careful just like when in any city in the world. Spent a week in Siem Reap, no problems at all & Sihanoukville, which was lovely. you will get approached by sellers on the beach and amputees begging for money.

Temples were fantastic, but my overiding memory of the country was of the people. always smiling calling out 'hello', everywhere you go.

Dont worry go and have a great time!!

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6. Re: Is it safe in Cambodia?

If you like the scenery ,culture,trekking and nice enviroment & to see ethnic minority,then Sapa Vietnam is a great place,but if you r interested in temple n ruin,go to Cambodia:Individual perference prevail!

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7. Re: Is it safe in Cambodia?

I am just getting back from Siem Reap, as a solo female traveler, I felt 100% safe. It was wonderful, the peole are warm and friendly and you can't beat Angkor Wat. I rented a tuk tuk by the day for $10, you can see all the temples, I did a guide the 1st day, but thought I could see more of what I wanted with just the tuk tuk, it was far better for me and much less crowded. I recommend it highly.

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8. Re: Is it safe in Cambodia?

Hello! Mr neamman !

I would like to tell you something in SR.

SR is the small city ,and so saftily in town, but not for the countyside.

TUK TUK is the wonderfull transpotation in town , and the temple trip. I am the SR man i live in SR twinty-five years i known evrything in town and the temple trip.

I am the TUK.TUK driver.

see you soon,regard

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10. Re: Is it safe in Cambodia?

There are definately areas of PP to avoid at night, especially around the northern side of the Central Market. I was also approached by a number of street walkers around Wat Phnom at night and it seems to be a bit of a cruising ground. The streets are not very well lit in PP and it can be creepy at times. Use a tuk tuk to get around at night just to be on the safe side - i went walking around at night on my first night and it might not have been the best idea.

The traffic in PP is insane and road traffic accidents are common. I met a guy who had his ankle smashed when someone crashed into the back of the moto he was on - so tuk tuks would be a safer form of transport.

Also in rural areas don't go wondering off into the forest or fields; snake bites are the biggest cause of premature deaths and you will see amputee victims of landmines all over Cambodia.

But don't let these dangers put you off!