Sihanoukville & Kampot
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Feb 14, 2013 6:48 AM Last Post By: gwapo
Feb 11, 2013 5:43 PM
Sihanoukville & KampotAre Sihanoukville and Kampot, as dangerous as I have heard and read about in the LP Guide to Cambodia? In the LP Guide to Cambodia they warn about walking along the beach at Sihanoukville, but when I did this in March 2011, nothing happened and I couldn't see what all the fuss was about, as the people were friendly etc. I'ld also like to go the top of Bokor Mountain near Kampot to see the old Casino & Church. Has anybody reading this been to Bokor Mountain and Kampot in the last 12 months, who could tell if they had any problems and what this part of Cambodia is like?
Thanks for any info.
Feb 11, 2013 6:37 PM
1Sihanoukville is not a pleasant place but it is not as dangerous as some people make it out to be. Like most places in the world I'd avoid getting caught at some secluded beach in the middle of the night, but the biggest annoyance on Ochheuteal Beach are the hordes of drunk back-packers shooting off fireworks.
I like Kampot and was there last late years. No problems, but than I did not expect any. I did not go to Bokor Mountain on my last visit, since Sokhan got permission to raze the national park there, I have no intention of going.
Feb 11, 2013 6:52 PM
2To answer your question, you have to be more cautious when travelling Cambodia as there are dangers if your in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bad experiences can happen in any country but it is my opinion that Cambodia is more unsafe than is neighbouring countries.
3 yrs ago I was walking down a beach in sihanoukville at around 530pm and was assaulted by 3 guys. One of them had a wooden batton. I luckily survived but had a 7 hour operation on my face and head in bangkok- and have some titanium fixed to my right orbital on my right eye. The guys who took me by surprise were most likely drug addticts on yabba.
A lot of young backpackers leave Khao san road and head to cambodia thinking that Cambodia is another thailand. Its certainly not as the following url would suggest:
Feb 11, 2013 7:08 PM
3Traveling Mark is so full of it, it beggars belief. "Hundreds of murders each day"???? Not even in Irak or Afghanistan.
There certainly is violent crime in Cambodia, but it would appear that Traveling Mark has his own personal axe to grind. I am sure that if I started listing murders of foreigners in Thailand, they would far outnumber those of foreigners being killed in Cambodia.
Feb 11, 2013 9:17 PM
4I've lived in Cambodia for 16 years, most of them with Cambodians and not foreigners and while I am aware that crime does exist, I've never felt threatened or endangered. My idea of a life threatening scenario would involve medical care in a Cambodian hospital.
Feb 11, 2013 11:18 PM
5Unfortunately the old casino up Bokor Mountain is being renovated and is not worth going to see, the church is old and nice to see, but I wouldn't go out of my way at all. Unfortunately some bright sparks have decided that turning the National Park into one big housing development is a great idea....would not recommend wasting your time to be honest.
Feb 11, 2013 11:27 PM
6Oh, and as for safety.....as like any other country in the world there are some bad eggs. Use your common sense and you should be fine. In my honest opinion, you are more likely to be the victim of crime or violence in a developed Nation such as Australia, USA, UK, NZ, etc. In my experience people who are victims of violence in SE Asia are usually drunk, rude and arrogant...
Respect the Country, the People and the Culture.
Feb 13, 2013 2:06 AM
7I had someone climb on my bungalow balcony in SIhanoukville and try steal from the window in the middle of the night - not exactly reassuring when you're a solo female traveller. I had no troubles in Kampot. I've been to Thailand and Laos so far, and Cambodia has been the first time I've felt a bit worried, getting hassled on the street by locals a couple of times... (and no, I do not dress provocatively before you are tempted to label nor was I drunk, rude or arrogant). I've even started asking fellow travellers to walk me back to my guesthouses after dinner which is unusual for me. However, I do agree that there are bad eggs everywhere and am not generalising. I actually felt pretty safe in Kampot and Siem Reap.
Feb 13, 2013 2:34 AM
8@ Davo....you seem to contradict yourself between this and previous thread of yours...
Do Cambodians like Westerners?
"I have been to Cambodia three times in 1991, 1999 & 2011 and everytime I have been there I have met a fair share of Cambodians who seem to be hostile or rude to Westerners and I don't think its me! "
And then in this thread you state "the people were friendly "
Trolling or just confused???
Feb 13, 2013 3:18 AM
Feb 13, 2013 1:32 PM
Asking a fellow traveler to walk you back to your guesthouse is the right thing to do. Safety first. You don't have to dress provocatively etc., to be hassled. It is just there, in many countries.
I have been asked a couple of times by solo women to escort them to their hotel after dark and I am more than happy to do so.
Feb 13, 2013 4:38 PM
11@ Davo....you seem to contradict yourself between this and previous thread of yours...
I am not contradicting myself or trolling, but I have had negative experiences in Cambodia mostly in & around Siem Reap. Some examples are being abused for walking out of a T-Shirt Stall at Angkor Wat and not buying anything, by my Moto Driver for not moving fast enough and by another Moto Driver in 1999, because I didn't buy my bus ticket thru him... etc
Feb 13, 2013 4:59 PM
Feb 13, 2013 11:22 PM
13Its a shame Davo that you have had so many negative experiences. I myself live in Cambodia and the only negative experiences I have had were from drunken, arrogant, abusive tourists.
I hope if you do ever visit Cambodia again that your trip will be full of pleasant experiences :)
Feb 14, 2013 5:41 AM
14On two trips to Cambodia I had no problems with security and did not consider the place dangerous. On my last trip I took in,Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep. I researched some of the safety issues voiced about Sihanoukville and concluded that avoiding the drunken or drug up,tattooed backpackers partying on the beach in the wee small hours was the best way to go.
I moved on to Kampot but did not tour Bokor mountain due to rain and low cloud. I talked to some fellow travellers who took the tour and some others who did a solo trip and after their comments I decided not to bother and moved on to Kep
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