How To Have A Safe Trip In Cambodia

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Cambodia
Cambodia

How to have a safe trip in Cambodia is a question of any traveller who wants to visit this Southest Asia country. Cambodia is a reasonably safe destination and can be visited throughout the year. The capital, Phnom Penh, is rapidly developing, as are the other major cities and towns. Many of the comforts of home can be found here, from air-conditioning and wireless internet in many hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, to the availability of food and other products from around the world.

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Other aspects of travel in the country may be less comfortable, such as uneven ground and heat in markets, and relentless heat if visiting tourist sites during the middle of the day. The usual precautions apply to maintaining personal safety, like locking valuables in your hotel safety deposit box before venturing out.

Health and fitness

In Cambodia, travelers should take similar health precautions as they would elsewhere in the region. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap feature the country’s best hospitals and medical clinics, though for any serious conditions it is advisable to transfer to Bangkok.

Beyond the main cities and towns medical facilities are very basic, though if you do require medical attention a private clinic is a better option than a government-run hospital. Diseases known to exist in Cambodia include hepatitis A and B, tuberculosis, dengue fever, typhoid, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, tetanus, polio, diphtheria, rabies and HIV/AIDS.

It is important to take sufficient preventative measures to minimize your exposure to these and other ailments. We strongly advise that you consult with your doctor at least a month prior to your departure for relevant health advice.

Safe and security

Cambodia has moved on from its turbulent civil war era and is now a peaceful and relatively safe destination. The usual safety precautions apply, such as avoiding deserted, dark streets at night, especially in Phnom Penh. We advise that you catch a cab rather than a cyclo or tuk tuk at night, and ensure you have a hotel business card to show your driver.

During your stay, it is recommended that you keep photocopies of your credit card details, passport and airline tickets in a secure place separate from the originals. Valuables should be left in a hotel safety deposit box if available.

It is advisable to wear minimal jewelry, particularly in Phnom Penh where petty street crime can occur, and to keep cash secured close to your body.