Archive for the 'Health & safety' Category

Mar 24 2012

“Robbery season” in Phnom Penh

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It appears that the time that expats in Cambodia refer to as “robbery season” is already upon us. Every year the weeks leading up to Khmer New Year see an unofficial upswing in petty crime in Phnom Penh, presumably as some of those who need to return to the provinces for the holiday flush with … read the full post

Mar 13 2012

How to travel safely by bus in Cambodia

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Travelling around Cambodia can be… well, an adventure. Traffic laws are lax, drivers are brash (and by brash I mean reckless) and roads are poor. In 2011 there were 41 bus accidents in the country, and it’s looking like 2012 may beat that. In the past few weeks alone, several high-profile bus accidents have left … read the full post

Feb 21 2012

Getting a motorbike stolen in Phnom Penh

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Our motorbike got stolen in Cambodia last month. A Honda Wave. Reliable. Had a big chain on it. And most sadly for us, it was a rental. Motorbike theft is an unfortunate reality when you live in Phnom Penh. Just about everyone in this city has a motorbike, and from what I’ve heard — especially … read the full post

Jan 26 2012

Is malaria a risk for travellers to Cambodia?

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As someone who spends a fair amount of time worrying about tropical diseases and offering advice to visitors to Cambodia, I figured there’s no better way to combine the two than talking to doctors in Phnom Penh about new things for everyone to worry about. Dr Nick Walsh is a public health physician and tropical … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Be careful with your ATM card in Cambodia

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Although the only real worry a tourist has when they come to Cambodia is which island to visit, you should also be concerned about the safety of your ATM card. Recently there have been several reports of ATM fraud in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The people who make up names for this sort of … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

Rash of bag-snatchings in Phnom Penh

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Contrary to popular opinion, Phnom Penh is a pretty safe city to spend time in. Most people who move here will even say that it’s safer than where they came from. For my part, living in Phnom Penh feels infinitely safer than my last home in east London. That said, we’ve been in a bit … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Your Phnom Penh sexual health questions … answered

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There’s no denying that Phnom Penh is a great place to visit – and to party – but don’t forget to take care of yourself while you are here! I’ve already covered what to do if you get sick in Cambodia, but today I’ll cover everyone’s favourite topic – sexual health. I’ve enlisted Emily Potter, … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

A pain-free trip to the dentist in Siem Reap

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Gangs of Westerners roam Thailand hunting out affordable plastic surgeons in order to ameliorate, elevate or eradicate various bits and bobs about their person, and the land of smiles is a top destination for cheap dental surgery too. Of course, the idea of seeking out dentistry in Cambodia while actually conscious and in control of … read the full post

Jul 21 2011

Going to the doctor in Phnom Penh

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Seeing a doctor in a foreign country can be an overwhelming experience. Medical care in Cambodia is generally awful — marginally less so in Phnom Penh — but at the same time, travellers often have lots of reasons to see a doctor in Cambodia. Just some of the reasons a traveller may need to see … read the full post

Jun 25 2011

How to report suspected child abuse in Siem Reap

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It’s difficult to imagine what a child sex abuser might look like, but if you have suspicions about someone, knowing what to do when you’re in a foreign country, one that to many appears essentially lawless, can be difficult. Fortunately, Cambodia is not lawless, and there are agencies that can help anyone who has suspicions. … read the full post

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