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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Phnom Penh is a relatively safe city. However, It’s worth to be vigilant all the time.
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 moderate. There are not known any recent cases of kidnapping, however, the potentiality exists, particularly in remote outskirts of the city and areas we mentioned as a sensitive in the full article about Cambodia.
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.
- Tuk-tuk drivers regularly fool tourists and drive around in order to increase the price of the ride. Be aware of this scam and try to know the approximate time of the ride in advance.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
- Beware 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. There is a connection between Phnom Penh and Sien Reap, that usually take 6hrs and costs around 36$.
- Air conditioned buses circulate around the city. It is very convenient, cheap (0.37$) and fast way to get to the opposite part of the city or from the airport. However, it’s better not to leave your belongings unattended.
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 Cambodia has a Low 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, Phnom Penh is not a case. A general rule is not to take a tuck-tuck after 8 pm if you travelling alone and avoid poorly illuminated streets.
WHAT TO DO?
- The magnificent ensemble of Pagodas in the Royal Palace is really worth seeing. It’s been built in the 19th century and present a mix of French technology and Cambodian designs.
- For a complete cultural understanding, it’s worth paying a visit the National Museum of Cambodia.
- The killing Fields of Choeung Ek, located about 17 km south of the capital, offers to discover the dark side of the Khmer Rouge terror when millions were killed at the time of the traumatic genocidal regime.
- For those who are passionate about France and its colonial times, might be interesting to explore the remains of French colonial campaign in Cambodia by visiting the following spots: The Grand Post Office, Raffles Le Royal Hotel, and Central Market.