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Cambodia Health & Safety

Cambodia is a safe and friendly country, with the usual exception for large cities late at night, particularly Phnom Penh, and unobserved luggage or wallets. Bag snatching, even from those on bicycles and motorcycles, is a problem in Phnom Penh. Be discreet with your possessions, especially cash and cameras, and as always, take extra care in all poorly lit or more remote areas.

Intending visitors should be aware that the rule of law in Cambodia is inconsistently applied. Crimes usually require bribes to be investigated, and if perpetrators are wealthy or connected to the government they will often be untouchable by police and courts. You should also be aware that the courts are corrupt, so contracts are hard to enforce without some political leverage. All this being said, the violent crime rate is fairly low, the police are generally friendly and non-threatening, and those with common sense have little to fear.

Cambodia suffers from a legacy of millions of land mines left during the war years. However, to tourists, land mines present a minimal to nonexistent threat, as most areas near touristed areas have been thoroughly de-mined. Many tourists mistake electric or sewage warning signs along national highways for land mine signs.

As Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, reliable medical facilities, doctors, clinics, hospitals or medication are scarce, especially in rural areas. Make sure that you have travel insurance which covers flying you to a city where you can be treated. The private (and expensive) Royal Rattanak Hospital in Phnom Penh, however, can be trusted for emergency medical care and can treat most diseases and injuries common to the region. Naga Clinic, with locations in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, is also clean, safe and useful for minor conditions.Other than that,Local hospitals and clinics in Cambodia can be in very poor condition and badly equipped and medicines are often past their sell-by date or made up of local mixtures of flour and sugar.

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