What general food and water precautions should be followed in Cambodia?

The golden rule is: If you cannot peel it, boil it or cook it -- do not eat it. Generally, try to avoid fresh salads or raw vegetables as they may be washed with contaminated water and avoid eating raw shellfish, raw crab and cold cooked meats.

Across Cambodia, regardless of where you are staying, you are best to stick to bottled water, even for brushing your teeth. If you're camping, purify all water by boiling for ten minutes. Purifying tablets are not as effective as boiling, but some protection is provided by adding iodine or Puratabs. Use four drops of iodine to one litre of water and let it stand for forty minutes. Do not use iodine for extended periods or if you have thyroid problems. Otherwise drink bottled water, which is much more affordable than in the west, and make sure the seal is not broken.

You may come across crushed ice in your drink and live to tell the tale, but be aware that ground up ice, although manufactured with clean water, is open to contamination when it is transported as the large blocks come into contact with the ground. Ice cubes with holes through the middle should be safe.




More Travelfish FAQs

Please find below some of the more frequently asked questions (FAQ) people have about travelling to Cambodia. We've tried to answer all the most frequently asked questions, but if you have another query about Cambodia, please try our Travelfish messageboard.

Accommodation

Is a fan room okay, or should I budget for air-con?
Is it possible to rent rooms or dormitories for longer periods of time while travelling in Cambodia?
Should I take my own padlock for the door of my room while travelling in Cambodia?
What should I do if a bag is stolen from my room or dormitory while travelling in Cambodia?
What standard of accommodation can I expect for US$5 in Cambodia?
Why are there so few dormitories in Cambodia?
Why are there so few hostels in Cambodia?

Bargaining

Should I bargain for everything I want to buy in Cambodia?
What is the best way to bargain in Cambodia?
What shouldn't I do when bargaining in Cambodia?

Cost of travelling

How much should I budget per day for a holiday in Cambodia?
What is the bare minimum I could survive on in Cambodia?
What is the best way to spend less money in Cambodia?

Food glorious food

Can I drink the tap water in Cambodia?
How can I avoid MSG in Cambodia?
How do I avoid peanuts in Cambodia?
I have a food allergy -- what should I do when travelling in Cambodia?
Is there good vegetarian food in Cambodia?
Is western food available in Cambodia?

Getting around

Are the ferries in Cambodia safe?
Are the trains in Cambodia safe?
Do the trains run on time?
Is it easy to hitch-hike in Cambodia?
Is it easy to rent a car or motorcycle in Cambodia?
Should I get a tourist minibus in Cambodia?
What is the best way to get around Phnom Penh?
What's the best way to travel around Cambodia -- share-taxi, bus, train or boat?

Getting there and away

How do I get from Cambodian airports into nearby towns?

Help Police!

Can I trust the Khmer police?
What are the chances of being robbed?

Money Madness

Are credit cards accepted in Cambodia?
Are there ATMs in Cambodia?
How can I have money sent to me in Cambodia?
How can I send money out of Cambodia?
Should I bring travellers cheques, credit/debit cards or cash to Cambodia?
Should I tip in Cambodia?

Packing purgatory

What should I pack for a holiday in Cambodia?
What shouldn't I pack a holiday in Cambodia?

Scams and warnings

I've heard about scams crossing the border between Thailand and Cambodia - what is the real story?
Is it a good idea to buy drugs off a moto or tuk tuk driver?

Security

Can I use drugs in Cambodia?
Is Cambodia a safe place to travel alone to?
Is Cambodia safe?

Staying healthy

Are leeches a problem in Cambodia?
Are legal drugs cheap in Cambodia?
Do I need a prescription in Cambodia?
Do I need malarial medication in Cambodia?
HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
Is heatstroke a problem?
Is medical care cheap in Cambodia?
Is medical care in Cambodia good?
Is rabies a problem in Thailand?
What about dengue haemorrhagic fever in Cambodia?
What about schistosomiasis in Cambodia?
What general food and water precautions should be followed in Cambodia?
What general health advice can you offer for Cambodia?
What should be in a traveller's medical kit for travel in Cambodia?
Will I get diarrhoea in Cambodia?

Technology

Are there many internet cafes in Cambodia?
Can I travel with a laptop in Cambodia?
What is mobile phone coverage like in Cambodia?
What is the voltage in Cambodia?

Things to learn

Where can I learn Khmer?

Vexed by visas?

What are Cambodia's visa requirements?

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