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Legal items to take back to UK?

Posted by pikem11 on 28/7/2011 at 21:24

I'm in Cambodia for the next couple of weeks. I was hoping to bring home some alcoholic drinks for friends and family.

Are there any drinks that are illegal to bring into the UK? Is Mekhong whiskey allowed?

I know that some of these drinks are legal in the UK, such as absinthe, but outside the EU they are made differently, so it would be better to check first!

Also, does anyone recommend any particular drinks? Cheers.

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Posted by sayadian on 29/7/2011 at 00:08

If you want to give your friends a dreadful hangover try a bottle of Ginseng wine at $1 a bottle 20% proof. It doesn't taste too bad actually.
If you really feel brave you could try bringing back one of those jars of alcohol containing spiders and snakes and other wildlife. I wonder what Customs would make of it though?

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Posted by stevejames00 on 29/7/2011 at 03:43

There is a limit on how much you bring back but I'm sure the whiskey will be ok.

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Posted by AbigailatPenhandInk on 29/7/2011 at 10:56 TF writer

I think the wildlife drinks are definitely on the banned list. Sure I've seen similar bottles in the 'don't try this' display cabinets at Heathrow etc.

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Posted by pikem11 on 29/7/2011 at 14:06

I've seen the limit on quantities of alcohol I can bring, which seems Ok. But I doubt customs would allow wildlife drinks!

Does anyone know a link to a webpage showing a list of SPECIFIC banned substances/chemicals to take through customs? I can't find one.

Another thing, I'm currently in Sihanoukville, so drinks will be easily accessible. I'm not sure what the situation will be like in Siem reap. Should I buy stuff here or wait until I go to Siem reap next week?
Thanks anyway!

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Posted by sayadian on 29/7/2011 at 14:27

Ah! the 50 cent beers on the beach in S'villle!
Alcohol is much cheaper in Cambodia than Thailand.
Spirits are the same price all over Cambodia so if your flying out of Bangkok buy a bottle in Cambodia. Remember the legal quantity is 1 litre.There's quite a hefty fine for bringing over the limit but many do as it's rare to be searched. SR is the same price as everywhere else.

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Posted by pikem11 on 29/7/2011 at 14:31

Not going to Thailand I'm afraid! Just in Cambodia till the 16th August. But the point in bringing something home is that:
a) As you said, it's cheap
b) I won't tell my friends that these things give you awful hangovers!

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