DO & DON'T OF CAMBODIA

Cambodian people are well-known for their hospitality and warmth. Out of respect, visitors to the Kingdom should take care to observe local customs and practices. You may find it useful to familiarise yourself with the following common dos and don’ts before embarking on your trip to Cambodia.

DOS IN CAMBODIA

  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of any Cambodian people or monks.
  • Support the local economy by buying Cambodian food and handicrafts,
  • Remove your shoes when entering a place of worship such as a pagoda, temple. or someone's house
  • Should dress appropriately when inside a religious site (upper arms and legs should be covered, hats removed).
  • A respectful way of greeting another individual is to bow the head slightly with hands pressed together at the chest (known as “Sampeah”).
  • Bring a small gift for the host such as fruit, dessert, or flowers if you are invited to dine in a Cambodian family’s home.
  • Bring cash as a wedding gift If invited to attend a Cambodian wedding.
  • Cover your mouth When using a toothpick at the table
  • Keep business cards ready, and present them with both hands and accept business cards with both hands.

DON’TS IN CAMBODIA

  • The feet are considered the lowest form of the body and the head the highest form.
  • Don’t point or gesture with your feet or put your feet on the furniture.
  • Don’t touch someone on the head.
  • Don’t start eating before your host if you are a guest at dinner.
  • Women should never touch male monks or their robes or hand something directly to them. Don't take photos or disturb the monks during prayer times.
  • Don't buy and consuming any type of narcotic drug (that is illegal).
  • Don't Kiss and hug in public ( considered very impolite).
  • Do not purchase historical artifacts or rob the Cambodian people of their history.

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