Attacks in Sihanoukville - Crime
Replies: 103 - Last Post: Nov 23, 2013 3:09 AM Last Post By: nijkerk
Mar 7, 2012 3:21 AM
Attacks in Sihanoukville - CrimeMe and my partner and best friend are in Sihanoukville now, after spending 6months travelling in South-East Asia. We have genuinely loved Cambodia so far... until 2 nights ago when we were brutally attacked... TWICE.
My boyfriend and I were walking along the beach in the evening on our way home from a bar, when a Cambodian man ran past, grabbed my bag from my shoulder and bolted into the darkness. (In it was my camera, both our phones, ipods, money etc). We walked about 40 meters from the beach to the main road looking for help. We both looked obviously upset and distressed, and to add insult to injury (or injury to insult in this case) a middle aged white man who was sitting in a tuk-tuk by the road ran at us from behind, beating my boyfriend around the head with a metal bar. I started screaming as my boyfriend fell to the floor, at which point the man turned around, ran at me, and smashed my face in with the bar. He then got back in the tuk-tuk and drove away. He didn't speak, or take anything (we clearly had already been robbed minutes earlier). The tuk-tuk driver, a Cambodian man, just watched. A group of Cambodian people who were sat eating nearby immediately ran away also, clearly not wanting to get involved. We staggered up the street hysterical and bleeding, when another Cambodian man turned up and took us to the police booth. The policeman on duty took one look at us and laughed, telling us it was not his problem, and to go away before he arrested us for disturbing his nap. Within minutes, a group of about 70 people were surrounding us trying to help, including a Cambodian man who said "I saw everything, I was the man's tuk-tuk driver." When asked where he took the man, he promptly changed his story and left. Someone rang the police who were annoyed that there was no money in it for them (they wanted us to pay them to find the criminals), and told us to go to hospital. Some friendly Russian men took us to hospital, paying for the tuk-tuk. The hospital staff would not treat my partner for his head injury, then proceeded to stitch my face up without anaesthetic! Horrific pain. One of the Russian guys helping us was actually weeping seeing the distress we were in. They did not treat me for my clearly broken nose, or ask if we had other injuries. Then, they were reluctant to let us leave because we couldn't pay the bill - even though we explained we had just been robbed and needed to get in touch with our insurance company.
My mum, back home in England, got in touch with a member of the British Embassy based in Sihanoukville, who came to our hotel and helped us. He first took us to the general purpose chief of police who said it was not his problem - we needed to go to the tourist chief of police. We went there, and this policeman accused us of everything being our fault, and told us to go back the next day. We returned the next day to get a police report, which we had to write ourselves, and it had a word limit! They also demanded that we omit the whole metal-bar violent attack part because it would look bad on their records!! We wrote it on anyway because none of them could speak or read English. The British Ambassador told us no investigation would take place, as the police worked pretty much solely on bribes, and even if they did catch the two separate criminals, they would be able to pay off the police so there would be no just outcome.
The horror of this ordeal has left us distressed, traumatised and massively out of pocket (but thankfully our insurance are going to cover it). Since then I have read up about the vast amount of crime that occurs and goes unreported or unsolved in the area. I still love Cambodia, but would advise anyone who visits Sihanoukville to exercise extreme caution, even when traveling in groups. And if you are unlucky enough to experience crime, make sure you get all the correct documentation needed for insurance, and do not have faith in the police.
Mar 7, 2012 4:25 AM
1Oh brother, Im sorry to hear that, sounds almost made up I must say (I belive you, just saying).
Sihanoukville can get crazy, I myself had some trouble with the police but thats another story.
I saw a lot of power hungry cambodians flashing out hundreds and crazy white man looking for 14 year old girls.
The robbery can happen anywere I mean Cambodia is a really safe in that sense on my opinion but the crazy white man was just WoW.
The police in Cambodia is just some cambodians that scored a decent job and live the easy life, free gasoline to ride around and pose as an authority so its not like THOSE police men were evil, but still, Im truly sorry for you.
Wish you the best of luck.
Mar 7, 2012 4:53 AM
Mar 7, 2012 5:56 AM
3Sihanoukville has for years had an iffy atmosphere..I was there some years ago and was warned to keep away from the beach at night....I didnt like it there at all..get well soon.
Mar 7, 2012 6:30 AM
4Sounds like a horrible experience. The lesson to be learned from this is surely to never take any valuables with you when you go out for the evening. Leave your bag, camera, ipod etc. in a safe or secure place back at your hotel. Take only the money you need for the evening and nothing more. At the moment I am traveling in a country where armed robbery against tourists is very common, almost certainly much more common than in Cambodia, and you just learn to never take anything of value with you after nightfall (and be very cautious about doing it during the day, too).
Mar 7, 2012 6:53 AM
Mar 7, 2012 7:32 AM
6Me my wife and 2 years old child went to Bayon restaurant for a dinner..The place is after golden lions at serendipity road up of the hill which cross road of occehataul beach..Owner is 47 years old fat coiffeur which have barber shop near restaurant..Every restaurant was full because of chinesee year but this place was totaly empty..We ordered one dish with beef and said well done cooked..The waiter didnt understand anything what we ordered because he doesnt speak english he said in the dirty smallkitchen the cook which is 17 years old one girl also she doesnt speak english too no one understand us..I said with acts that I want english speaking people for order food and they called from near shop owner woman..I said to her we will give this food to our child and we want good cooked no any blood..We were alone but waited 25 minutes after food came..It was terrible plate of dish we cut piece of meat it was full blood ..Because I explained 10 times before I was shocked..I said to waiter to cook more didnt do anything I took plate entered kitchen for cook more kitchen was small dirty mess .Cook girl swear to my face in khmer language and refused to cook again..I said I never saw this kind of place before and we went out in this moment I heard scream of my wife..This monster fat strong owner woman was holding and turning the hands of my wife and shouting you will pay tou will pay..I entered inside and hardly I could stop this monster for not hurt my wife ..Owner woman hold my hands strongly and was shouting you will pay you will pay..
I said to my wife take the child and run to hotel..She could escape with our baby..Owner woman was hitting me and shouting that I will pay 3 dolar..I tried to explain we didnt eat this bloody meat and refused to pay..The waiters were making telephone calls nonstop and suddenly 7 or 8 khmer man came to hit me..I realized that I am in big trouble I was shouting call police call police to tuk tuk drivers and they called..These men total 7 or 8 people were around of me and started hit suddenly I found myself fight with many men for nothing.In this moment two strong looking tourist were at there and I asked help to me..I am appreciating this two man a lot that helped me for backup and police came..I was happy that police would protect me but I was totaly mistaken..These many khmer man and this owner witch came to police point.It was writing TOURISM POLICE…Only 2 police were..They asked my passport and learned which hotel which room I stay..I explained everything and I said I am lawyer I know the law that I am right..One police was speaking with this woman and her group and the police wrote the one paper 100 usd..I didnt understand anything..Police said if I pay to this woman one hundred dolar problem will finish.. I said to police I didnt do anything wrong why will I pay this Money?.Police said that because I am tourist and here CAMBODIA…I have problem with cambodian thats why I must pay..I couldnt believe this outlaw polices how exist..I refused to pay ..Police gave my hotel and room number to these bandit mafia group to bring my wife and child to bring police point..This group hurrily went to my hotel..I was shocked and said to polices how can do this they are my enemies they will kidnap my wife and child..Police turned looked at me and said then I have to pay OR…???It was blackmail and I realized my situation that moment..
I said if they will not do anything to my wife and child and if he call this bandit mafia group back I will pay..Police said o.k and telephoned to them to not touch my wife and child..
I paid this Money to owner of Bayon restaurant but I dont know how she shared with the polices..
After immediatily we moved from outlaw sihanoukville to safe Thailand
Mar 7, 2012 7:41 AM
7Hakus this is such a horrible thing that has happened to you, I guess you and I are lucky nothing worse happened! After we had been beaten up, we realised we could have been killed (being hit in the head with metal bars and all).
I know our story sounds so unbelievable, to be unlucky enough to be attacked twice in the space of five minutes or so. There were many people who saw the physical attack by the white man, and we have our medical receipt as evidence of what happened. We are a young couple who left university and worked hard for 18 months to save for this trip, and have never done anything disrespectful or unkind on our trip.
Sihanoukville is a dangerous place in the evenings for anyone.
Mar 7, 2012 9:06 PM
8No we are not Thai, we are English. If you read the same post I added to the Trip Advisor website, you will find several unpleasant, judgmental replies from various skeptics, who believe the story lacks credibility. True, it sounds unbelievable and ridiculous, and I probably wouldn't believe it if a stranger told it to me. I wish it weren't true.
Mar 7, 2012 9:12 PM
Mar 7, 2012 9:20 PM
Mar 7, 2012 9:44 PM
11@hakus. If you don't speak Khmer, how do you know you were being sworn at in Khmer? Your problem seems to stem from poor communication as much as anything else. Have fun in 'safe' Thailand.
Mar 7, 2012 10:16 PM
12I believe both stories, unfortunately. I was in Sihanoukville a few weeks ago and heard a lot of similar stories, including one similar to the restaurant one. Things seem to be getting out of hand down there.
Mar 7, 2012 10:30 PM
Mar 7, 2012 10:47 PM
14The local people are running a restaurant and presumably advertising in English, as such, they should be able to speak enough take orders correctly. Obviously that's not always going to happen, but threatening someone to extract a $100 payment for a $3 order isn't really excusable. Or are the locals always in the right?
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