Health and Safety
Cambodia is often thought of as an easy place in Southeast Asia to buy and take drugs, although be warned that the penalties for doing so are severe. There have also been reports of travelers overdosing and dying because they had been sold heroin disguised as cocaine. Our advice: just stay off them and enjoy the country.
The heat during the dry season can itself well to heatstroke, so take care when walking around during the day and protect yourself. Heatstroke is known to cause dizziness, vomiting, or fainting, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids especially water, electrolyte drinks, and delicious coconut water.
General vaccinations recommended for all travelers to Cambodia include diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.
Dengue fever is prevalent in Cambodia and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten. These include using insect repellent, avoiding going out at dusk, and covering up using long sleeved clothes at night. There is no vaccination or treatment as such for dengue fever.
One of the biggest issues for those travelling to Cambodia can be the threat of malaria and the taking of anti-malarials, which in themselves are a tough decision as well, known for their nausea inducing side effects. That said, malaria can be deadly, and it is found in Cambodia in rural areas, particularly along the Thai-Cambodia border and the forestlands of western Cambodia.
Healthcare is not of a high standard in Cambodia if you need serious medical attention, and so it is imperative that you have travel insurance that includes evacuation care to a neighboring country if things go wrong. For some more general information, check our page on health precautions.