Cambodia - how dangerous is it really?
PP can be doggy at times especially at night but then don't venture out too late and also be in a group...
Its safe if you take certain common sense measures...
have fun ...
"The difference between loneliness and solitude is your perception of who you are alone with and who made the choice." --anonymous quote
Seriously, Cambodia is not dangerous for us foriegners. The locals are very concious of the fact that if this place becomes unsafe for travellers, then all of the tourist dollars will cease to flow into the country. You should be fine, I have had no problems whatsoever.
like anywhere else, take reasonable precautions and you'll be fine. Above all, listen to the advice of local people (indigenous and resident foreigners) and you'll have no problem.
I think your family are being a bit over the top with the death sentence thing.
I've heard of people being robbed at gunpoint in Phnom Penh late at night, but then again, I've heard of people being robbed at gunpoint in most American cities. We never encountered any danger in Phnom Penh and felt safe there. Just use common sense like you would in your hometown.
As for landmines, they've been cleared away in areas where tourists go. If you see a well-trodden path in a touristed area like Angkor, you'll have no worries walking on it. Just don't go traipsing off in the jungle!!
The Khmer Rouge are a thing of the past. You need not worry about guerrillas or insurgents.
Enjoy your stay in Cambodia!
"Qian li zhi xing, shi yu zu xia." - Chinese proverb
If fate has something bad in store for you it's going to happen no matter where you are.
I was there 3 years ago, visiting Angkor, and fell in love with Cambodia. I think your parents must be reacting to the awful things that happened in this country when the KR were in charge. That dark chapter is pretty much closed. Yes, there *may* be some KR activity still these days, but only if you go to very remote places. Doesn't sound like you are, so no worries!
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