When visiting Cambodia, you will probably want to visit the famous Angkor Wat temple complex. I happened to stumble upon one scam that is apparently a big thing there these days.
At some temples (for me it was Bayon Temple), a kid will approach you and offer to show you some great photo spots. After a brief photo session, the kid will ask you for money and claim that he is an orphan. They usually hand out a piece of paper where you need to write your name and ask you to donate 10 USD to a ‘child foundation’. I saw at least 10 names on that paper, showing how many foreigners have fallen prey to this scam.
This situation may be a bit uneasy if you’re uneducated about orphans and child foundations in Cambodia. Most of these foundations are fake, and all the money that goes to them will end up in personal pockets in the end. Sadly, the children are only puppets in this game.
How to Avoid the Temple Scams
Don’t fall prey to the unofficial guide offer and just politely decline the ‘tour’.
Also, make sure that you limit the money you have in your wallet to avoid paying for some black hat associations.
Now that you know about some of the common scams in Cambodia, I advise you to always keep your head high and stand up for yourself in these situations!
I hope you enjoyed this post! We wish you a lovely visit to Cambodia!