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Kent Kobayashi

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I traveled to Cambodia in January of 2019

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Asia > Cambodia > Phnom Penh > Useful Info
Updated on May 02, 2019 Useful Info

How to stay safe in Phnom Penh

  • When I traveled to Phnom Penh, overall I felt very safe. It's not comparable to Japan (most because the country felt very chaotic), but definitely felt safer than some parts of Bangkok and Manila
  • During my planning and researching for this trip, I came across no incidents of serious and violent crimes that other travelers have experienced
  • However, what you need to watch out for are petty theft. This seems to be the most common form of crimes against foreigners in Cambodia. Here are some tips to avoid it:
  • Lock your valuables in hotel safe. When you're not around in your room, don't leave anything of value, including cash, passport, laptop, camera, phone, lying around
  • Watch your belongings in public:
  • Don't your belongings unattended
  • Don't put your bag next to you. Always hold it in your hand
  • When riding tuk tuks, hold on to your belongings tight
  • Don't wear or show anything expensive in public: avoid wearing jewellery, watches, or clothes. Avoid showing your expensive iphone or DSLR cameras
  • Last but not least, watch out for motorbike bag snatchers: this happens to travelers pretty frequently. You walk around outside carrying your backpack, and someone rides past by you fast and snatches your bag/purse from you. And before you can react, they're long gone. If you just Google Phnom Penh motorbike snatchers, you will see lots of horror stories
  • Know that if you do get something stole, you won't get much help from the local police
  • Other than theft, Phnom Penh is pretty safe from my experience and research