Cardamom and Elephant mountainsSpectacular 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 CambodiaMuch 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 PlainsThe capital of the country is situated in this area, and it’s the most developed part of the country.
Eastern CambodiaThis 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 borderThe 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.
Warnings & Dangers
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.
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.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Risk of kidnapping and mugging is low in the central areas of the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.