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Phnom Penh (Ah!) - TOURISTS BEWARE of CAMBODIA

BEWARE - At dusk, Norodom Boulevard near Pannasastra University and the Independence Monument can be a dangerous area that is appealing to moto bike thieves. Pictured her is the traffic conditions with the changeover of day students to night students - (nationalradio.com photo)

 

THE PENNILESS - In the documentary Red Light this mother tells Somaly Mam that she would sell her daughter into child sex slavery again and receive only $10 a month for her daughters sexual services - Red Light screen shot - photo

 

 

 

 

 

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Don't believe anything on CNN regarding Cambodia. The Cambodian government buys advertising directed to tourists making it seem as if Cambodia is Disneyland. Cambodia is not Disneyland and CNN is not the messenger of accurate and truthful information. A case in point is CNN failed to report on the murder of activist Chut Whutty in May a few years ago. CNN failed to report on the exposure of Somaly Mam as a anti child sex NGO fraud

 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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One thing that Cambodia fails to understand is that bad news travels fast therefore their travel industry must be more attentive about giving tourists a good and valued experience. The realms purchasing of tourism ads on CNN doesn't erase the crimes that exist in the country with much of it targeting tourists.

While we were traveling around Myanmar we met a 22-year-old medical student from the Netherlands who had been traveling throughout Southeast Asia for four months. She was excited about her visit to Nepal but not so happy about her visit to Phnom Penh.

Her displeasure was a result of her smart phone being snatched as she was standing on a corner near the Orussey Market looking at her smart phone's GPS. A motor cycle driver came by with his theft assistant on the rear seat of the bike. They drove by close to her and snatched her phone. As a result she has no intention of returning to Cambodia. High on her return list is Nepal where she had a good time and experienced no crime.

This is a sad story that I previously experienced and reported. I had a pouch that I wore around my neck. I usually carried my telephone in the pouch which I used for a camera when we came upon a photo opportunity.

Since it was dusk I took the phone out of the pouch as it was too dark to take photos. As I was walking opposite Pannasastra University on Norodom Boulevard around 6 PM, a moto swooped by me and my hand brushed up against the moto's mirror. At first I thought I just hit the moto's mirror until I saw the thief a half block away on the moto's rear seat squeezing my EMPTY pouch. Result... one pouch lost... one phone saved.

This area is dangerous around dusk due to it being a time when traffic is heavy owing to people leaving work and the university is changing over from day students to incoming night students.

In relating the experience to others I was informed that that is how drive by moto thieves work, in two's, while one drives and the other snatches.

TIP:

Be careful where you take out your phone. These thieves are roaming around the streets of Phnom Penh looking for targets. They will circle the block when they see a prey, return and strike.

Months later when walking near Pannasastra University around 5 PM I saw a tourist standing on the edge of a corner taking photos while her girlfriend was standing on the opposite corner. I related the danger to the girlfriend regarding standing on corners and holding out your phone and related my sad story. She got the message and the deed was done as they became aware tourists.

Also… be careful about placing your bags on a table or chair at restaurants or bars with outdoor seating. When we were sitting inside a restaurant near the Orussey Market, seventeen years ago, two moto thieves drove by and the thief on the rear seat jumped off the moto and ran to an outside table where a customer, sitting there, had his bag sitting on the top and snatched it. The thief then ran to his friend on the moto and they took off with the victim running and screaming after them.

Think about it can you outrun a motorbike? The oddity of the then verses now is, at that time there were only three streets in Phnom Penh that were paved and that wasn't one of them. Despite that scenario the thieves were quick and fast enough to get away on an extremely sandy, dirt road.

When traveling around in Cambodia with a bag or backpack it is wise to carry it in front of you on your chest. It is not wise to carry a pouch dangling from your body as many tourists do, with anything of importance.

Several years ago the Cambodia Daily reported that a French citizen had her bag snatched by moto thieves while she was riding as a passenger on the rear seat of a moto taxi on an extremely busy street. As the thief pulled that bag from her she fell to the ground in traffic and was run over and died from her injuries.

The tip is although Cambodia has come a long way in developing the country the poverty continues to exist resulting in thefts and robberies. There are the haves who continue to oppress and take advantage of the have nots.

Don't believe anything on CNN regarding the country as the Cambodian government buys advertising directed to tourists making it seem as if it is Disneyland.

Cambodia is not Disneyland and CNN is not the messenger of accurate and truthful information. A case in point is they failed to report on the murder of activist Chut Whutty in May a few years ago. They failed to report on the exposure of Somaly Mam as an anti child sex NGO fraud in May two years ago. They are, in part, guilty of promoting Mam as CNN gave her and award which they have expunged from their records.

May has proved to be a month of impact and crime in Cambodia so beware and take care while in the kingdom... ALL THE TIME. . If you have street smarts... use it.


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