1. Watch your items in public.
Whether you’re using a purse, shoulder bag or fanny pack, be sure to keep your belongings close to your body and on your front. Incidents of bags being swiped off the shoulders of individuals by passing motorbikes are something to be aware.
2. Local forms of transit.
While Tuk-tuks, motorcycles, and bicycles are convenient ways to travel within many cities in Cambodia, be careful that you understand how much you are paying prior to starting your trip and understand the risks involved in riding in these forms of transportation.
3. Cross roads with caution.
Regardless of location, you should use caution when crossing streets. Streetlights are uncommon, clearly identified crosswalks do not exist, and there is a general lack of order to traffic in Cambodia. When stepping out into traffic, do so with caution to avoid being seriously injured.
4. Guided tours.
Whether it’s at Angkor Wat or Tuol Sleng Prison S-21 (otherwise known as the Genocide Museum), there are plenty of sites to see throughout Cambodia, and your trip is likely to take you to a number of them. Use caution when visiting these places, and be sure to know what you are getting if you choose to pay a guide. Many of these individuals are not official guides and can charge high fees for a tour you can read about in any guide book.
5. Limit your alcohol intake.
Regardless of whether you are drinking the local Angkor beer or something stronger, be aware of your surroundings and the company you keep. Criminals will look for easy prey, and being under the influence of alcohol will give them an opportunity to choose you.