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Cambodia - how dangerous is it really?

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  • Added on: January 8th, 2005
I am going to Asia in the next month or two and really wantto see he Angkor Temples but my family are going nuts saying it is like a death scentence just going there. I would really love to hear from anyone who has actually been in Cambodia. Should I go or is it just dumb? Are there places I should know about that are really bad? I just gotta see those temples man . . .
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I wouldn't go so far as to say Cambodia is a death sentence. I went to both Angkor and Phnom Penh with a group and had no problems at all. My friend, however, was traveling alone and had a problem with his road journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Halfway to the destination, the driver decided to not go any farther and kicked him out at a remote village. It was an annoyance, but he stayed the night and was able to find a ride the next day. Cambodia may be slightly more unsafe then its neighboring countries, but a little caution and common sense go a long way. Travel with others if you can. And the temples at Angkor are definitely not dumb. They'll take your breath away and I think everyone should see them at least once during their lifetime. Have fun.

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Cambodia is pretty safe..as a gal travelling by herself I found it safe enough..Siem Riep is a tourist town so I don't think it was a issue.

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...

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I get shot at on a daily basis. I was also robbed at gunpoint this morning.

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.

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  • Added on: January 9th, 2005
I agree with Neil - it's not a place you need to worry about travelling in - try and find out exactly why your family is freaking out, and then counter it with a little dose of reality... If their fears are completely irrational then there's nothing you can do about, except go and enjoy yourself.

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I've been there, and it's probably my favourite country visited. The people are amazingly friendly.

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.

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I went two years ago with my wife, and spent 12 days in Cambodia: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Never once did we feel in danger. We found it a very pleasant and safe place. Especially Siem Reap - a wonderful town!

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!
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I went to Cambodia at the end of November, It was my first solo trip. Stayed 3 nights Siem Reap and 2 nights Phnom Penh before going onto Vietnam. Never felt threatened or in danger.

If fate has something bad in store for you it's going to happen no matter where you are.

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  • Added on: February 16th, 2005
It is totally safe (in relative terms... is anywhere really 'safe'?)

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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im going to cambodia in may some time going to laos thailand maybe vietnam first all the people i know that have been ther say its great and have had no troubles im lone traviling also looking for travil buddie at moment, might hook up with a mate in vietnam but made no plans or dates yet

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we went to thailand in april, took a bus to ankor wat and stayed for four days with no problems. bus back to the thailand and onwards-no worries..



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