A number of tourists returning from Koh Rong, off Sihanoukville have lamented that despite many complaints – some very public like that from the brother of dead British girl Amelia Bambridge – police beach is still operating unhindered.
“It appears that they are well protected and if we may say so, are operating above the law since the owners are said to be associated or themselves the law,” a couple of tourists who returned to the mainland during the height of the Westerdam crisis said.
Speaking to Khmer Times, they echoed Harry Bambridge who had said: “There is a lot of things going on these islands, I received thousands of messages on social media about the safety of travelers.
“It is being brushed under the carpet, people may think they are safe but the real message is that it is not what you think it is.
“It looks like paradise when you see the beach but things go on behind the scenes which locals are not open about, they don’t want to ruin the tourism industry there.
“They won’t broadcast the fact that there are potential rapists on the island because no one would want to go.”
However, the couple affirmed that the lure of Koh Rong and police beach is simply irresistible for the highly adventurous tourists and travelers. The only safety net, they said, is to be in a group and have males in the group to protect themselves against predators who are said to be lurking in the police beach rave party areas.
Posts on travel site TripAdvisor has posts which states “Warning. Do not go there.:
Another posted “Rude staff. Rubbish food. Awkward vibe. Felt very unsafe. Would give a 0 if I could. Avoid at all costs!!! Whenever we spoke to staff they grunted. Loud acid trance till 6am weren’t told about this. Cats living in the bungalow with us at night and ate all my snacks.”
Even police officials who spoke in hushed tones about the goings on the beach said lived returned to normal with no further action or investigation nor clean up on the beach and other parts of the island after the British girl’s death.
It’s a shame, they insisted but unable to do anything about it for fear of reprisal.