- Leonardo Da Vinci
Most common illnesses that affect travelers such as diarrhoea, sunstroke and dehydration are best prevented through effective precautionary measures. Drink lots of water (bottled water, do not drink tap water in Cambodia). Use bottled water to clean your teeth, wash your hands before eating, avoid milk and dairy products unless the milk has been boiled or you are sure it has been pasteurised, and avoid ice unless it is in cube or tube form. Vegetables and fruit should be peeled or washed, and you should eat in places that look clean. Use sunscreen and avoid excessive exposure to the sun (especially during the hottest part of the day between 12pm and 3pm) and cover your head with hats or a scarf.
To prevent tropical diseases such as malaria or dengue fever it is highly advisable to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and trousers (especially at night), use insect repellent, and sleep under a mosquito net (or in a screened room). You should visit your doctor or a travel clinic before you travel for further information, although our experience suggests that many western doctors overestimate the risks of coming to Cambodia (at least for those not trekking through jungles), some groups are more at risk.
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