Travelling to Cambodia would be one of the most amazing experiences for tourists. However, you should pay attention to the scams to have a safe and enjoying trip to Cambodia. Here are the list of the most common scams in Cambodia and the advices to avoid them.

1. Fake monks

Monks in the Angkor temple of Cambodia

Monks in the Angkor temple of Cambodia

How to spot a fake monk
• The fake monk will try to approach you directly to ask for money. A real monk will never do that
• A fake monk tends to target in foreign tourist because they often believe easily he is a real monk
• He gives you stuff like gold colored tickets, tarot cards, a beaded bracelet then receive the money in return
• He can even touch you, which a NO NO for real monk
• You should pay attention to what he wears under his ‘robe’: shoes, socks, pants, even jeans
• He would become aggressive when photographed and filmed
It is very easy for you to distinguish between a fake and real monk if you pay a little attention to these characters above. Real one he will never actively beg for money. He just simple stand there and wait ‘til someone come then donate their money into his alms bowl.
As a tourist, it may be confused to recognize whether he is a fake or not. Many naïve tourists have falling to their trap. You can say out loud: “You are a fake monk, stay away from me”
You may encounter fake monk in famous destination like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, ect. The problem here is these fake monks misunderstood about this country and destroy the Buddhist reputation.

2. Border/Visa scam

Visa to Cambodia

Visa to Cambodia

Many tourists visit Cambodia through land border because of affordable price. To cross these borders, you will need to prepare some paperwork. Some officials take advantage of this situation. They may require you to perform some further procedure like medical checks, proof of vaccinations and other paperwork. If you deny to pay some bribe perhaps your visa will not be issued.
In some cases, you may even be approached by fake officials who lead you to elsewhere at a higher price.
To avoid this scam, you should remember the price for visa is $20USD for tourist and $25USD for business/ordinary for one month. Moreover, do not perform visa work outside until get to the visa desk.

3. Traffic police bribes

Street in Cambodia

Street in Cambodia

People in Cambodia mainly use motorbike to commute. Tourists often show tendency to pay police bribe to save time. The cops here wear light blue uniform therefore you can see them outstanding on the street. Foreigners usually become target to fine because locals know how much the real fine are, meanwhile tourists barely know anything then willing to pay more. The money you pay will not for Cambodian government but go into their pockets.
To avoid being spent for unnecessary fine, you are better learn some basic rule while travelling to Cambodia like wearing helmet whenever drive motorbike.

4. Motorbike theft scams

You should pay attention to your motorbike in Cambodia

You should pay attention to your motorbike in Cambodia

Tourists who come to Cambodia often choose motorbike as their main vehicle to explore the city because of the convenience and affordable price.
Once you rent the bike, you must highly pay attention to it, keep it lock after using. The thefts in here are very tricky, they would spend some days to follow you then immediate steal it when you go away. In some cases, the theft is person from your rental agency. They make a copy of your key then wait ‘til your bike unattended to unlock and simply drive away. You may end up by paying USD 1,200 for the bike and receive your passport back.
To not become victim of this scam, you should rent bike from reputable hotel. It may be a little more expensive but definitely less than USD 1,200. Besides, you should prepare your own lock so that no one can steal your bike.