Dangers & Annoyances
Pailin and nearby parts of Battambang Province (especially the districts of Samlot and Rotanak Mondol) are some of the most heavily landmined places in the world. De-mining sites are commonplace, sometimes quite close to the highway, and numerous amputees bear sad tribute to the horror of landmines. Stay well on the beaten track in these parts. Public roads are OK, but farm roads are risky, and venturing into Pailin's beautiful forests on foot is definitely not a good idea.
Puthi Cheat, an English-speaking staff member of the Memoria Palace hotel, is about the only useful source of information in Pailin. He can put together tours that take in gem mines, farms and waterfalls, among other attractions.