How Safe is Cambodia? | Cardamom Tented Camp
When people think about traveling to Cambodia, they start looking at their embassy’s website, the State Department if they are American, and maybe a few travel websites: all these sources present Cambodia in a not so flattering light. The dangers are a bit overexaggerated; that serves the purpose of reminding travelers to be aware and cautious while venturing into unknown places. This should not deter you from coming to Cambodia or keep you from enjoying yourself while exploring this beautiful country.
While in the ex-pat areas, the biggest threat is getting pickpocketed. You typically do not have to worry about any physical harm being done. The snatch and grabs are done in a very coy manner, oftentimes with bags or purses being taken from baskets on a motorbike or tuk-tuk. During busy festivals, be wary of who you give your smartphone to when you ask people to help you take pictures.
Aside from watching over your belongings, Cambodia is politically stable and free from protests. They recently held a general election in 2018. As the government recognizes that economic prosperity goes hand in hand with democratic freedoms, the country is working toward a bright and stable future.
We often feel more at ease outside the big cities, away from the hustle and bustle: in the countryside, you can really get a better sense of what Cambodia is all about. The Khmer people are easy-going, laid back, and humble. As they are trying to put their tumultuous history behind them, this resiliency has opened up the country to international investment, development, and tourism. With more provinces welcoming local and international guests, locals are happy and hospitable as they proudly present the beauty of their hometowns.
Government websites often warn people about landmines. With the Vietnam War and remnants of Khmer Rouge, these conflicts have left its mark on Cambodia. As the government continues to work with local authorities, there are less and less rural areas with unexploded ordnance. While exploring any remote areas in Cambodia, we recommend going with a local guide and there will be nothing to worry about. At the Cardamom rainforest, the only traps you have to worry about are the ones set by the poachers: which, we remove with our Wildlife Alliance rangers.
Being a protected National Park, there are no landmines. The only things you have to look out for are leeches and mosquitos.
We recommend being up-to-date on your shots and vaccinations. Some of our guests get typhoid shots beforehand and bring malaria pills as a precaution. We have not had any of these problems in our national park for many years. Insect repellant with DEET is good at preventing mosquitos and other insects from nibbling at your arms and legs.
Finally, travel insurance is a good precaution for any medical emergencies. Cambodia has been fortunate to only have one confirmed case of the Coronavirus. The other major concern is vehicular accidents and traffic collisions, as road conditions are also bumpy and constantly being developed. When crossing the streets, be vigilant as people’s vehicles are often poorly maintained or people don’t always follow traffic laws. If you have any questions about traveling in Cambodia and getting to Botum Sakor National Park, please feel free to send us a message.