Cambodian Law and You | basic do's and don'ts to keep out of trouble.
Cambodia is a Buddhist country, and very visitor friendly. But there are limits to how far you can push that welcome. The following is some common sense things to keep in mind it you are to have hassle free time.
Whilst Cannabis is readily available in the country, it is illegal and you can face fines and other inconveniences if the Police decide to take action.
Class A drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine are a strict no-no: Get caught carrying any such materials and you will discover Cambodia has some of the worst jail amenities in Asia. Don't count on any of the Embassies helping you out - they are not wet-nurses ... drug traffickers and users are at the bottom of their assistance lists.
2: Legal Ages of Consent:
The Age of Consent is 18, for both sexes. Like drugs and other illegal items, you might get offered underage dalliances from moto-drops (motorcycle taxis) or other touts. Before accepting, it is worth considering Cambodia has the highest density of anti-trafficking and anti-pedophile NGO's in Asia ... they are all very keen to justify their existence and there are currently a number of foreign nationals in jail after foolishly accepting an underage offer, only to discover the agent was also receiving tip-off money from the Police/NGO staff.
General rule is if it looks underage, walk away.
3: Public Nudity:
Don't even think about this one. Despite the amount of flesh on show in private clubs and other venues, Asia is very conservative about how much body can be shown in public.
4: Drink Driving:
The driving abilities of the average Cambodian is simple appalling. If you choose to drive a car or ride a motorbike here, you will need all your wits to avoid an accident. Driving impaired is the fastest route to hospital.
Get regular news from Cheers
Click here to register