Scammers are popular in Cambodia, so be aware of what scams and suspicious operators are up to before you travel there. When traveling in Southeast Asia, be on the lookout for something that seems too good to be true, as there are plenty of scams waiting to catch unsuspecting visitors who aren’t paying attention. Here are Tuk-tuk scams in Cambodia we need to know before going to Cambodia.
The tuk-tuk is a three-wheeled vehicle that looks like a bicycle with a carriage attached to the rear. These vehicles are often propelled by an engine, and other times by pedal power alone. They are the most popular mode of transportation in towns and cities. They’re also a common mode of transportation at Angkor Wat.
As a tourist, you will sometimes come across a driver who is paid to bring you to a specific shop/temple/restaurant/hotel/bar. You can find yourself thousands of miles from your intended destination, under pressure to purchase, eat, or stay. That’s not to suggest you shouldn’t pursue this conventional Asian mode of transportation if you really want to but do so safely, either by sharing with a fellow tourist or traveling partner you know or by taking a ride along a path you’ll recognize. That way, if you get off the main road, you’ll be able to spot the danger signs. Otherwise, relax and enjoy the detour, but be cautious of falling for the hoax.
A joker said:
The most scam in Cambodia is the monkey temple. You can be sure that you’ll get scammed when you go through that street, and all of the little monkeys will be trying to steal your wallet!
Some tips to avoid scams
Since English is the most widely spoken language on the planet, you’ll find that most people who meet you will immediately begin speaking to you in English. It’s easy to respond with a retort, particularly if you’re asked a question. But beware: criminals and scam artists are well aware of this, and conversing with one of them is tantamount to giving a shortcut to your bank card.
Once a scammer feels they’ve made a bond with you, they’re unlikely to desert you, and if one scammer shows interest, others may follow. To prevent this situation, don’t answer any questions that might lead to more problems. For example, if you’re asked where you’re staying in Phnom Penh, it’s probably not a good idea to tell your hotel and room amount.
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Pretend you don’t know English if you think you’re being conned and can keep a straight face. It’s crazy how easily petty criminals would desert you if they can’t interact with you.