Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Safety & Health

Stay Safe
As in any big city, be wary walking alone at night. Daytime bag-snatching is common in Phnom Penh with Westerners and local women often the target, but men are also targeted as well. When riding in a tuk-tuk, keep your bag and camera towards the middle of the tuk-tuk to protect against bag snatching. When on a motorcycle taxi, keep your bag between you and the driver or in front of the driver - do not carry your bag on your back!
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Scammers and conmen sometimes work the tourist areas such as the Riverside (along Sisowath Quay), Hun Sen Park and the Sorya Mall. A group of scammers operate around the Riverside, targeting foreign travellers. Their basic method is to start a conversation, make friends, claim to have a relative who is soon moving to your country of origin and invite you to dinner at their house. Once you get there, they will apparently try to trick you into playing a rigged card game for money. If that fails, they will give you stories about sick relatives and ask money for that instead. Worse yet, there have been reports of drugging in these situations, after which the guest is robbed blind and perhaps dropped at a hospital.

City of Phnom Penn by Milei.vencel

Stay Healthy
The most common ailment among travellers in Phnom Penh is stomach upset and diarrhea. Therefore, avoid eating cold uncooked food - salads are suspect at times. Also avoid drinking water from the tap and stick to treated or bottled water produced from the factories. Ice is usually okay as long as it is made from treated water produced by the factories. 

There are dozens of girlie bars catering to foreigners in the cross-streets back from the river. HIV is carried by about one in eight of Cambodia's female sex workers. NGOs have got the HIV rate in the general population down from around 2% to around 1% over the past decade but emerging liberal behaviour coupled with ignorance of safe practices may reverse this gain.

Vegetables at the market by Sundgauvien38

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