Like many other countries in Southeast Asia region, and all around world, street crime targeting foreigners occasionally rears its ugly head in Cambodia. In general, the Cambodians are warm, hospitable, friendly, open and appreciative of travelers as well as foreigners – and the economic benefits. You have just got to be aware of all the threats and take precautions to protect yourself from those elements which may take advantage of the less-aware travelers. Visit Cambodia with tours in Indochina
Hereunder are a few useful tips helping you to avoid becoming a target for the local criminals. While these might seem to be fairly obvious, they should make you think a little bit sharper.
How to Avoid Crime in Cambodia
So, once being out on the Phnom Penh’s crowded streets, don’t miss a chance to admire the splendid sights of the captivating city, but, it’s you that locals are constantly approaching, trying to sell a lot of stuff that you may not really be interested in. Selling tourists (especially the relatively wealthy ones) over-priced merchandise is not a crime, but some find it really annoying. Travel to Cambodia
For what can they realize that you are a tourist? Was it the crumpled map in your hand, the shiny brushed metal camera dangling from your wrist or the backpack weighing you down? The fact is, of course, the locals will take one look at you and know straight away that you are not from around here that even without these things, as you examine Cambodian sights with much more interest and curiosity than your average Cambodian. However, it does not mean that you cannot take steps to make yourself a little more invisible.
Watch Your Back
The clubs and pubs in Cambodia’s cities, including in the aptly named Pub Street in Siem Reap or the tourist hotspots of Street 51 in Phnom Penh, seem to be open buildings with square holes for windows, and in some cases, even not any walls. Most public buildings adopt this open design on purpose – the tropical and humid night air in Cambodia does not lend itself well to enclosed spaces – but it is also favored by the Pickpocket – the lowest form of Cambodian crook.
These cons are excellent at weaving in and out of the sprawling bar stools and lounge seats spilling out of the pubs and onto the walkways. And if you do happen to notice their delicate touch, don’t expect to catch them.
Be Careful of Who You Engage in Conversation
You will probably find that most people approaching you will automatically start talking to you in English – the world’s most common language. Especially if you are asked a question, it is tempting to talk back. But is it good to aware that the criminals and con artists also know this, and it is like offering a shortcut to your bank card to engage one of them in conversation.
Once thinking that he has made a connection, it is certain that he will not leave you alone, and wherever one con artist pay attention, others will follow. If you do not want this situation, definitely don’t reply to even one of any questions that could cause you farther problems. If they ask you where you are staying in Phnom Penh, for example, it is probably ill advised to announce your hotel and room number.
Tuk Tuk Scams in Cambodia
A three wheeled vehicle, a little like a bike with a carriage on the back, the infamous tuk tuk is the main means of transport around towns and cities in Cambodia. Occasionally, as a tourist, you may come across to have a driver who is on a commission to take you to a particular market/hotel/temple/restaurant/shop/bar. Though being pressured to buy/stay/consume, you might find yourself miles away from your intended destinations.
That is not to say that if you really must, you must not sample this traditional Asian transportation device, but try to do that safely, either by taking a trip along a route you can recognize, by travelling companion you know well or sharing with another tourist. That way if you end up straying from the main drag, you will be able to spot the danger signs. Otherwise, just simply sit back and enjoy the interesting detour experience, but be very strict about not falling for the ruse.
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