Cambodia

Cambodia is a fantastic country, which has an incredibly rich legacy. It’s well known for white sandy beaches, jungle rivers, sophisticated Buddhist pagodas, and fantastically delicious food. It’s a Southeast nation bordered by Vietnam to the east, Thailand to the northwest, and Laos on the north. The state was colonized by French in the 19th century, then in the 1970s was heavily bombed by the USA and only after United Nation sponsored elections, had obtained the independence and started to restore its economic and social stability. The security stability improved significantly with an increasing number of tourists are rediscovering Cambodia’s temples and beaches. Nowadays more than 5 million tourists visit the country each year with an increasing trend. There are plenty of places throughout the Cambodia to see during your trip, such as Siem Reap with Ankor Wat, the bustling authentic capital Phonm Penh, Sville on the south and numerous beach resorts.

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The country has an unofficial division into 4 regions:

Cardamom and Elephant mountains

Spectacular mountains and white sandy beaches please tourist in this part of the country. However, it is one of the least developed parts of the regions. In mountains, part of the region tourists might enforce poor infrastructure and mines. The coastal areas are relatively developed and can offer tourists excellent facilities for a wonderful vacation.

North-western Cambodia

Much of the region has endemic poverty, but it’s where the major Archaeological Park calling Angkor is located, which attracts a lot of tourists. Other top experiences in this part of the country are Battambang, Prasat Preah Vihear’s and Kompong Chnang.

Mekong Lowlands and Central Plains

The capital of the country is situated in this area, and it’s the most developed part of the country.

Eastern Cambodia

This area is a remote rural land.
This country is an all year round tourist destination, where the hospitality of locals has no boundaries.  Generally, the country is safe, the only exception to this rule is remote areas of Phnom Penh at night. Violent crime in the country is rare. Petty crimes like a bag, purse snatching, pick pocketing and other types of petty crimes prevail. In order to make your trip safe. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip to Cambodia and be aware of all potential dangers. Cambodia is the 59th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

Is Cambodia a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Cambodia is a relatively safe country. Violent crimes are uncommon, however, assaults, robberies, and sexual harassments do occur rarely in the remote and poorly lit areas of big cities. The most frequent crimes against foreigners are purse snatching, pickpocketing, and others petty thefts. Renting and riding a bike you should be aware of the situations when criminals push the bike or the rider is struck by the thieves while the bike is being ridden. When it goes down, a thief rides away. This kind of crime continues to be on the critical level and resistance is usually may turn violent. Armed robberies continued to be on a high level, so remember that no valuables is worth your life. Many of theses crimes are committed by young gangs operating particularly in Siem Reap. Evolving from a strictly cash society credit card cloning and skimming is on the rise. Thus keep an eye on your credit card while paying and don’t leave your card from the sight while paying at a restaurant or cafe.

Thailand border

The line of the border near Thailand was disputed by Cambodia and Thailand. There were occasional clashes between the troops of both countries. Although the relationships of the countries over the disputable territories have improved, everyone should take extra care when travelling in this area.

Other areas of concern in Cambodia

  • Food and drink spiking has been reported at some places in major cities, particularly after the sunset. Do not leave drinks or food unattended, as you may be drugged and robbed.
  • Landmines are common in remote areas; therefore, we recommend to avoid straying off the main routes, as mined areas might be unmarked.
  • Road traffic accidents are the highest in the region, usually, wear a helmet and avoid driving at dusk.
Avoiding danger areas, exercising common sense and looking out for suspicious activity, may completely eliminate all potential risks, most visits to the country are trouble free. Do not forget to read about all potential dangers in Phnom Penh and  Siem Reap.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Cambodia is a relatively safe country. Tourism is the main source of income for not only the governmental budget but private as well. So, the tourists’ security is number 1 priority. Cambodia is ranked 59th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common. Transportation hubs, markets, the river front area, public transport are among of the top pickpocket’s destinations.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Risk of kidnapping and mugging is low in the central areas of the country.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Sketchy individuals or group of them desire to take an advantage of distracted tourists. If you are renting a motorcycle, it has been advised to purchase and use your own lock for securing it as some of the less scrupulous staff at rental companies have been known to use their copy of the key to steal bikes. Reports of counterfeit dollar notes being given as change in shops and clubs are increased, there we advise to check that the notes you receive are genuine and free of any marks and damage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport, particularly while getting on the transport in the big transport hubs. Be especially vigilant on the overnight trains and buses. Do not accept any food or drinks as it may be spiked. Driving the rented motorcycle may be dangerous because the traffic is chaotic, driving standards is poor. If you decided to rent a motorcycle, be very cautious and use a helmet. Additionally, we advise to check that your travel insurance covers you when travelling by motorcycles. Due to overloaded and poorly maintained boats and ferries, the probability of the incident is high. Mariners should be vigilant as there have been attacks against ships in the South China Sea.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

During monsoon season between May and October, flooding is common. Typhoons and Tsunami are also common. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

The possibility of terrorist attacks in Vietnam has a moderate probability, however, you should watch out for suspicious activity. Terrorism is a threat throughout the world.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Sexual assaults do occur occasionally, particularly there were reported numerous accidents in Siem Reap. A general rule is not to take a tuck-tuck after 8 pm if you traveling alone and avoid poorly illuminated streets.

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Useful Information

All tourists, except citizens of the following countries, need a visa to enter: Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines. Price of the tourist visa is 35$ for 2 months and can be obtained upon arrival at Phom Penh airport, e-visa is also available.
The official currency in Cambodia is the Cambodia Riel (KHR). The convenient currency exchange rate also can be found at the international airports. Visa and JCB are the most widely accepted. ATMs charge a fee of 5$ per withdrawal. Reports of counterfeit dollar notes being given as change in shops and clubs are increased. Check that the notes you receive are genuine and free of any marks and that it’s not torn.
The weather in Vietnam differs from region to region. May to October is hot and humid, lots of rain falls. November to April is cool and dry. Central Cambodia has a hot, dry weather from January to August, weather may reach the level of 30°C. September – October is a rainfall season.
The busiest airport of Cambodia is “Pochentong International Airport”. For more information about the airport, you can find on its official website – http://www.cambodia-airports.aero/index.php#anchor.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page