In Phnom Penh you can buy military-style clothing in the markets; you can shoot machine
guns at the army firing range; you can buy an authentic police ID badge in the street
for $10; at Siem Reap a policeman may even offer to sell you his whole uniform for
But according to a visitor named Robert from Newcastle, civilians can be fined for
wearing camouflage trousers in the street.
He was walking near the train station wearing the said trousers when he was stopped
by a cop and told he was dressed inappropriately, that only military personnel could
"At first, I said this was ridiculous, or words to that affect, and kept walking.
He said 'Don't you walk away from me.' Then I asked whether there was a law against
it and could not get a straight answer. I offered to go home and change immediately.
But he wanted to fine me $10, or he'd take me to the police station and have me arrested.
Eventually I gave in and he accepted $5," Robert said.