While there is calm in Phnom Penh and across Cambodia, political rallies and disputes are still possible often at short or no notice and have the potential to trigger violence. You should monitor local media closely and avoid all protests and demonstrations, as they could turn violent.
Although most visits are trouble-free, crime can still occur. Most incidents are bag snatchings, often by thieves riding past on motorbikes. Bag straps have been cut and bags/phones snatched from those on foot and passengers in tuk-tuks and motorbikes, often causing injury. Hotspots for petty crime include the riverfront and BKK areas of Phnom Penh, and the beaches and tourist areas of Sihanoukville and nearby islands.
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Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings:
- Use a hotel safe for your valuables
- Minimise the items you carry with you; if you carry a bag, make sure the strap is over your shoulder, away from the road to deter thieves on motorbikes from snatching it
- Take extra care at night and in isolated areas
- Be particularly vigilant travelling at night by bicycle or motorcycle, especially if you’re alone. Stick to well-used, well-lit roads and carry a personal alarm if possible
- Avoid placing bags in the front basket of bicycles
- Be wary of pickpockets, especially on public transport and in crowded areas
- If you travel by bus, make sure cash and valuables you have are secured – there have been incidents where passengers have had items taken from bags while asleep
- Tuk-tuks with metal grills on the back and side can offer some protection against bag snatching
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