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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 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?