In light of recent events surrounding Cambodia’s election results, Focus Asia is advising all of its clients to increase awareness of their surroundings while visiting Phnom Penh. They advise travelers to avoid large assemblies of people.
Focus Asia is constantly paying close attention to daily activities, working closely with local tour guides in Phnom Penh who are using their utmost discretion in assessing the situation between protesters and demonstrators during this time.
In regards to other areas of Cambodia, especially in Siem Reap, there have been no signs of demonstration or intended rallying. Daily life continues without interruption.
A sightseeing tour in Siem Reap or any other region in Cambodia is possible at the moment. In Phnom Penh, however, travelers should pay special attention to their whereabouts at all times.
Cambodia’s ruling party and the opposition met for five hours today and agreed to a series of steps to defuse the country’s tense post-election atmosphere. After the election results were revealed, a riot broke out in Phnom Penh late Sunday night with one man shot dead and many injured. Protestors began throwing stones and riot police answered back with tear gas.
The opposition, headed by Sam Rainsy and his deputy, Kem Sokha, contends that there were flaws that cost their party the election mainly that the National Election Committee (NEC) that oversees elections and the voter list contains more than one million ghost voters and duplicate names.