Attacks in Sihanoukville - Crime
Replies: 99 - Last Post: Dec 15, 2012 2:25 AM Last Post By: kandalgirl
Mar 8, 2012 10:31 PM
30I left the semi naked part out to try and preserve some dignity, but clearly I am not allowed that luxury. Our insurance company has recommended a hospital for us to visit in Siem Reap when we arrive there, so we can get x-rays done.
I actually had a bus drama in Laos last month; the bus was going way too fast round a corner on a mountain, and nearly had a head-on collision with another vehicle, so crashed into the wall to avoid it. Luckily, it was only the bus itself which acquired injuries.
Mar 8, 2012 11:01 PM
Mar 8, 2012 11:19 PM
32First off my sympathies to to rosiejones & partner for their ordeal. (I've no sympathy for Hakas for what sounds like a self inflicted ordeal).
I'm finding it difficult to fully piece together what happened though. You say
'when the guy swooped in and robbed us (our clothes and shoes were on the sand, my bag was linked over my shoulder) "
"when a Cambodian man ran past, grabbed my bag from my shoulder and bolted into the darkness. '
Can I assume he ran up collected up your clothes and shoes (2 sets) then wrenched your bag off your shoulder & ran away. Or vice versa ie bag first & clothes second. I'm also presuming he was unarmed??
Don't get me wrong, I've no doubt a nasty incident took place & you have my genuine sympathies, I'm just not visualizing the sequence of events.
Off course such events can occur in Sihanukville as elsewhere (maybe more likely here than other areas of Cambodia). However in it's defence, I've been visiting Sihanukville for 12 years now & living here more or less full time for the past 6 years & have never been robbed yet. I do tend to avoid Serindipity & Ochheuteal areas - not for safety reason rather I don't like the vibe down there as much.
I stay on Victory Hill which is less developed but has a sense of self policing whereby the local motodops & local families keep the less desirable Cambodians out of their area.
In the 12 years I've rarely had a cross word with a Cambodian but yes on many occasions I've had trouble with foreigners who can't handle their drink or their drugs which on a few occasions has come to blows. So the white guy with the iron bar, will hopefully pick on the wrong guy very soon.
I'd argee with some of the posters about medical care here in Sihanukville. If I need any medical care I try to at least get to Phnom Penh or better still Trat, Pattaya or Bkk.
Anyway Rosie, I wish you & your partner well & hope you can still get some positive experiances here in Cambodia.
All the best,
Mar 9, 2012 12:12 AM
Mar 9, 2012 12:31 AM
Mar 9, 2012 1:30 AM
35Sounds plausible enough, even if its hard to figure out why some foreigner whacked you. I've been living in Cambodia for the best part of a decade and have never had the slightest issue as regards violence, but then again I avoid Sihanoukville.
I left the semi naked part out to try and preserve some dignity, but clearly I am not allowed that luxury.
Semi-naked isn't really something you see much in public in the region, they tend to dress fairly modestly.
Mar 9, 2012 1:45 AM
Mar 9, 2012 1:49 AM
Mar 9, 2012 2:03 AM
38Of course the OP has to say that the bag was around her shoulder, if she told the truth
""THE BAG WAS LEFT UNATTENDED ON A BEACH WHILE WE WENT SWIMMING""
then her insurance would be as useless as a couple of drunkards on Occy beach who thought they were not being watched..
The bloke with the iron bar probably reacted to you being in your underwear, in public.. He did what most of the locals would have liked to do ..
His name wasnt TITMA by any chance ??
And as for the "lawyer" who had to fork out the monkey ($100) for his $3 meal.., well...lol..
(1) The restaurant was empty on New Year night, every single other joint was booked out..lol.. surely jingle bells (or any other tune) would start ringing in an educated head.. Number one rule I thought.. " if its empty and the others are full.... Huston we have a problem "
(2) The "lawyer" bags out on the Khmer's cause no one in the restaurant could speak English.. What a croc..
(3) Can only imagine the B/S that the "lawyer" carried on with..
THREE CHEERS TO THE COPS AND THE OWNER / BOSS..
Mar 9, 2012 4:16 AM
39The bloke with the iron bar probably reacted to you being in your underwear, in public.. He did what most of the locals would have liked to do ..
I know very well that Cambodians don't walk around in public in their underwear, but it's a bit of a stretch to say that most of them would like to smack someone who does in the head with an iron bar. They might not condone such behavior but they certainly don't feel violent towards people who transgress, this is not Afghanistan.
Mar 9, 2012 4:28 AM
40""this is not Afghanistan""
No, its not..lol
Walk down an Afghan street in your nickers and one should expect a totally different outcome..
Mar 9, 2012 4:50 AM
41I don't see the relevance of my username? My username on TripAdvisor was RosieJones88 until in synched with my Facebook account and shows my real name (which I can't figure out how to change). As I said, we had never entered the water, the guy grabbed my bag and ran, my partner ran after him for a bit, but then came back, and at that point we realised our clothes were missing, so naturally assumed they had been taken by the same guy who took my bag. We did wonder if the white guy attacked us because we were semi-clothed, but given that I was crying and upset, and we obviously weren't drunken streakers or something, it seems doubtful. We were scurrying about, upset, not rampaging the street like drunk lunatics. And for someone to attack us from behind is very cowardly I feel.
Mar 9, 2012 4:58 AM
Mar 9, 2012 9:41 AM
Mar 10, 2012 3:08 AM
44Thanks, I have changed my name on TripAdvisor to RosieJones88 - my dog is called Rosie by the way, and we nicknamed her Rosie Jones as a joke after seeing a 'Rosie Jones bares all' type headline on the cover of Nuts magazine or something. My dog is a podgy springer spaniel with an undershot jaw, eyes that looks in different directions, and a bizarre bendy tail (clearly she will never possess the 'glamour model' look).
(3 star Hotel)
From US$64.98 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$64.10 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$53.06 per night