Photo: Late boat at Waecicu near Labuan Bajo.

Will I get diarrhoea in Cambodia?

Yeah probably. This is the most common medical problem that travellers face and can really ruin a short holiday. Most cases can be attributed to a change in diet which exposes you to different strains of bacteria. Other causes are food poisoning such as typhoid - a form of salmonella - amoebiasis, giardiasis, or simply too much chilli.

For mild diarrhoea, make sure you keep drinking plenty of fluids, such as rehydration mix available at all chemists, or diluted soft drinks. Use medication such as Lomotil or Imodium only if you need to travel, as they are not cures.

For moderate diarrhoea, maintain fluids and self-administer an antibiotic such as norfloxacin 400mg twice a day for three days. Avoid Lomotil or Imodium.

For severe diarrhoea with fever, treat as for moderate and seek medical attention if symptoms persist for more than 48 hours.

For persistent diarrhoea, if you have a fever and mucus or blood in your stools, suspect amoebiasis. If you have abdominal cramps, flatulence and bubbly, foul-smelling diarrhoea persisting beyond three days, suspect giardiasis. You may want to seek medical attention or self-administer metronidazole (Flagyl), 750mg every eight hours for seven to ten days.

Prevention is the best cure, so be careful of what you eat and drink, and also wash your hands before eating. Activated charcoal can provide relief and is a time-honoured treatment. Despite rumours to the contrary, a diet of beer and bananas will not help.

Cambodia FAQ

Please find below some of the more frequently asked questions (FAQ) people have about travelling to and in 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?


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?


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?


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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