Is Siem Reap Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 77 / 100 based on 7 user reviews.

Once you mention Siem Reap, the first thought is about Angkor, the ancient temple where the Kmer people used to live from the 9th to 15th centuries.

However, Siem Reap is not famous just for that Archaeological Park, but for many other great things.

Siem Reap is the major tourist destination in Cambodia and the second most visited town.

Its economy is based on tourism since half of the population works in the tourism industry.

This resort town is full of expensive hotels and there is plenty to do in and around the city.

Besides being close to Angkor Wat, it is also not far away from the biggest sweet water lake, the huge Tonle Sap Lake.

Warnings & Dangers in Siem Reap

Overall Risk


Siem Reap is probably the safest place in Cambodia and that is why it has become a well-visited tourist destination. Petty crime, unfortunately, cannot be excluded, while some other major criminal acts are not very common. Tourists should never leave their valuables unattended anywhere because even a hotel room is not safe of thieves and they will find a way in even though it is locked.

Transport & Taxis Risk


The traffic in this city is very chaotic and it is always suggested to take a taxi or a bus, which is a very cheap and fast way of going through the city, instead of driving. Many people decide to rent a motorbike, but they should be very watchful and always use a helmet.

Pickpockets Risk


Although this is not a place where groups of bag snatchers wait for their pray, pickpocketing and bag snatching are frequent especially in public transport, markets, and night clubs.

Natural Disasters Risk


The climate of Siem Reap is such that it includes the monsoon season which lasts from May to October and the flooding in that period is considered normal, as well as typhoons and tsunamis.

Mugging Risk


The risk of being kidnapped or mugged in Siem Reap is not at a high level. Nevertheless, travelers need to be cautious since that risk is possible anywhere in the world.

Terrorism Risk


Regarding the fact that terrorism is a constant menace to the whole world, Siem Reap is not an exception. There is a risk of terrorist attacks in Cambodia, so tourists should remain vigilant.

Scams Risk


Scams risks are frequent in Siem Reap and some of them are characteristic for that destination. In case you decide to rent a motorbike, your lock for securing it is the best solution since some companies tend to use a copy of the key and steal them. Banknotes should always be checked and tourists should be aware that tuk-tuk drivers may drive them around the town to make the price higher. Baby-milk scam is a common type of scam in Siem Reap when a poor woman begs for some milk powder for her baby.

Women Travelers Risk


Cambodia is safe for solo female travelers as long as they practice their common sense and keep their possessions firmly. Sexual assaults are very rare, but the risk should not be ignored.

So... How Safe Is Siem Reap Really?

Although most visitors come here to see the ancient temple Angkor Wat, Siem Reap can offer plenty of things to do in and around the city.

For those who want to experience the markets, bars, and shops, the central area of Siem Reap is an ideal place.

The others who are interested in sightseeing can explore Wat Thmei Pagoda and Wat Preah Inkosei along with a National Museum.

Unfortunately, there is an unpleasant side to any other tourist destination.

The most frequent and reported crimes are pick-pocketing and bag snatching.

The drink spiking with the aim of theft is common in SiemReap, especially at night.

The land mines at Phnom Kulen and Koh Ker can be risky for those tourists who want to go off the path and visit outlying temples.

Siem Reap is safe when more violent crimes are concerned, so the only thing tourists need to do is to follow the advice, act as in any other tourist destination and enjoy their wonderful journey.

How Does Siem Reap Compare?

CitySafety Index
Siem Reap63
Phnom Penh61
Belize City (Belize)37
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Niagara Falls (Canada)87

Useful Information



Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines inhabitants do not need a visa to enter Cambodia. For all the other countries, it is necessary. Tourist visas cost 35$ for 2 months and they can get it once they arrive at the airport, or via the Internet.



The Cambodia Riel (KHR) is the official currency. Because Siem Reap is a major tourist destination, prices are higher than in the other places in Cambodia. Credit cards are accepted while ATMs charge a fee of 5$ per withdrawal.



A tropical wet and dry climate is characteristic of Cambodia. The city’s average high temperatures are over 30 degrees C in any month. The wet season lasts from April to November with approximately 1500 mm of rainfall per year.



Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport is the busiest and largest airport with direct flights from many Asian cities and other countries. It is 7 kilometers away from the town.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

The travelers are always advised to get travel insurance in case of medical difficulties, theft, and loss of personal items. Additionally, for Siem Reap, travelers are advised to check whether their insurance policy covers traveling by motorcycles since many tourists decide to tour Siem Reap on a motorbike.

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Siem Reap Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 26° C
Feb 28° C
Mar 30° C
Apr 31° C
May 31° C
Jun 30° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 29° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 28° C
Dec 26° C
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Cambodia - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Phnom Penh61
Siem Reap63

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7 Reviews on Siem Reap

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    thuch tevy says:

    Not really.I am the one who live in Siem Reap and a lot of traveler come here and they use Tuk Tuk and cars as their vehicle not motor bike. I don’t comment motorbike to all tourism. Coz it’s really dangerous for who never experience driving in here.
    for more safe you should have a tour guide, they can find you more experience and info about our ancient town.
    Thanks with Regards,

    1. K
      Kevin M. says:

      Having gone to Siem Reap twice, I was never recommended to use a motorbike myself. I think people just take it upon themselves to want one in this area and you are right, it is dangerous. The roads are busy and you can easily injure yourself or others. Not worth the risk at all!

  2. f
    fatemeh says:

    never go to siem reap

    Two weeks ago, I had a bag snatch in siem reap and afterward they pulled me out of tuk tuk and now I am badly injured, I have bleeding face and bleeding eye.
    this city is a combination of thieve and police collaborating with each other.

    1. A
      AJ Tani says:

      I had a bad experience too. I was just buying something in the market near Pub Street then suddenly a teenager stood beside me for few seconds. After that, my phone was gone.

    2. Fatemeh are you man or woman?

  3. T
    Tran Duc says:

    Local guid

    The picture is HoChiMinh city, Vietnam. Not Seam Reap

  4. Good Get Away Location

    I have been here in Siem Reap for two months, but during Covid, I lived in Siem Reap for eight months. Cambodia is a poor country. That tells you that theft of valuables like mobile phones, etc., will be prevalent, to be sure. Don’t carry your cell phone in a pouch attached to your belt, or it will be gone before you depart the country. Siem Reap is a safe place for men to walk alone at night. I can go out at midnight to get something to eat and walk around down dark streets without ever having a problem, not one problem. Now that Covid is over, many Cambodians come here to work, bringing issues. Those people are usually aggressive, so remember just to say no several times. Women who stand in front of you can be swept away. DON’T RENT A SCOOTER. Driver’s licenses are required, so you will always be wrong if you are in an accident. The Laws: If a water pot in your hotel room catches fire, you will be responsible for the repair! Unplug before leaving the room.

Siem Reap Rated 3.86 / 5 based on 7 user reviews.

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