Plane tickets are getting cheaper, the world seems smaller, and as a result people are flocking to the more exotic parts of the world in a bid to discover the planet and have the holiday of a lifetime.
Tourists are pretty switched on about ensuring they have the right inoculations, currency, visa and insurance to cover their holidays. However, another invaluable source of information is travelling advice which tends to be overlooked. Travelling advice is particularly useful when visiting an area less explored, such as Cambodia.
Whilst Cambodia remains a place where there is little threat of a terrorist attack, according to the foreign office, there are still a number of grenade/bomb attacks and shootings that take place. However, without reading any travelling advice, tourists probably wouldn’t know that these are mostly linked to business, personal and traffic disputes, or that British nationals haven’t been the targets of such attacks.
Travelling advice doesn’t just come down to safety though – it can enlighten you about other aspects of the country, such as its culture and local laws. One example with Cambodia is that the country takes a much tougher stance on possession of drugs than England does. The penalties for possessing Class C drugs is much more severe; prison sentences are often long and spent in grim conditions.
In Cambodia you should avoid taking photographs in or near airports or military bases. You should also ask permission before photographing members of the public, especially religious figures such as monks. This isn’t commonly known, but can cause great offence if they aren’t followed.
Other travelling advice will give you local tips, such as how to feed your soul as well as tummy when eating in Cambodia; there are four restaurants run by former street youth, and by eating there you’re helping the students to learn hospitality skills.