The differences in culture and habits can be a bit confusing, even to the experienced traveler, and that gives those with dishonest intentions an advantage, especially with travelers who have just arrived after a long and exhausting flight.
Except for the Blackjack scam, most of these scams are pretty harmless and won’t cost you more than a handful of Riel, but they could still make you feel like an idiot as soon as you realize you’ve been tricked.
“My friends advised me to go online and try to find someone to share my life with,” she says via Skype.
Firefly spent a lot of time on her profile, thinking she needed to be entirely honest and open if she hoped to really connect with someone.
After the Khmer Rouge fell, Cambodians focussed on growing and finding food and on looking for members of their families.
Post-traumatic stress syndrome was rampant, but luxuries like diagnosis and treatment did not exist.
Cambodia has a cruel yet rich history, which can be experienced at the “killing fields”, the remains of mass graves from the late 1970’s, when the country was under rule of Pol Pot, who ordered the killings of over 3 million Cambodians.
Posing as white males and military is simply a well-established and well-respected and, by now, organized money income source.
Internet fraud as a socially accepted widespread "job" with no feelings of doing anything wrong in defrauding well-meaning people, overseas and nearby.
Or you can visit elegant Khmer temples and the colorful central market Psar Thmei.
However, as in every tourist hotspot, tourists need to be aware of people trying to take advantage of the “all is well” holiday atmosphere which causes the traveler to be off guard when it comes to being tricked or scammed.