There is nothing worse than visiting a country like Cambodia and to cause offense without even understanding what you have done wrong. Green Cultural Travel has prepared this article to help you to understand the behavior of Cambodian people in order to adapt quickly to their manners. Indeed, the Cambodian possesses a custom very different to the Westerner. The smile, the politeness, the welcome and modest behavior constitute good local manners. Politeness To greet someone, we do not shake hands or kiss but we join the hands at the level of the breast and bowing slightly (with an equal person). But if it’s an important person your hands have to be at the level of your face. This local custom it called “Sompiah”. Don’t point a finger at someone. This gestural behavior in South-East Asia has a particular importance so it can seem very familiar or even offending. Don’t call someone directly by their name, it is considered as impolite. So you have to precede the name of someone by Sir or Madame. In the street Ask permission prior to taking someone’s photo In Cambodia there is a lot of poverty so there are a lot of beggars including old people and victims of antipersonnel-mines. A small gift of the local currency riel will change their day and put some food in their stomach. The Cambodian people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public. Don’t touch the head of someone, even a child, because it is considered as an offense. For Cambodian people, the head is the noblest part of the human body. It will cause great offence to criticize the king and the royal family. Like in all Asia countries, don’t get angry but keep calm. It is very badly seen
There is nothing worse than visiting a country like Cambodia and to cause offense without even understanding what you have done wrong. Green Cultural Travel has prepared this article to
The Apsara dance is a traditional dance of the Kingdom of Cambodia that dates back to the 7th. The most famous Khmer King of the Angkorian period, Javayarman VII (12th century) was said to have over 3000 Apsara dancers in his court. This dance is an essential part of the Khmer culture which finds its roots in both Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. According to the Hindu mythology, Apsaras were beautiful female creatures that descended from heaven to entertain Gods and Kings with their dance. As the Apsara dance is extremely complex, Cambodian children (particularly girls) are trained from a very young age to be able to get enough flexibility to execute intricate movements and to bend their fingers almost to their wrists. Every single movement of the fingers has a particular meaning. Apsara dancers are always well-dressed with traditional costumes that can also be seen on the Angkor temples’ walls. They wear elegant silk clothes with floral motifs, magnificent headdresses and jewelry. The Apsara dance had almost disappeared during the Khmer Rouge period (1975-1979) but the tradition remained thanks to a few surviving dancers who passed on their knowledge to the younger generations. One of the most popular figures on the Apsara revival was the late King Norodom Sihanouk’s daughter, Princess Bopha Devi, who went on to become the face of Khmer traditional dance in the 1950’s and 1960’s both in Cambodia and around the world. In 2003, the UNESCO recognized the Apsara dance as a Masterpiece of oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. No visit to Cambodia is complete without watching a performance of this unique and beautiful dance. Contact Green Cultural Travel to find out where the best place to view an Apsara dance is and book a dance and dinner tour.
The Apsara dance is a traditional dance of the Kingdom of Cambodia that dates back to the 7th. The most famous Khmer King of the Angkorian period, Javayarman VII (12th
When you plan to visit a temple in Cambodia it is important to understand a little of the Buddhist religion and some underlying local superstitious beliefs. Buddhism is the official religion in Cambodia. More than 95% of the Cambodian people belong to this religion. It takes part of the national identity and the slogan of the country is “Nation King and Religion”. The religion of the Buddhist Khmer is the mix of Animism and Brahmanism. Their universe is populated by genius and spirits, good or bad, protector or destroyer. They also believe in the reincarnation and in the souls, presents in every person, living or not. Superstition is very current in Cambodia. All aspects of everyday life of people and in diverse events such as the construction of houses, pregnancy are governed by superstitious beliefs. Example of beliefs: Change the name of sick person to deceive the spirits. Do not pass under a clothesline considered as impure (due to the underwear). Some children wear a key around their neck to prevent the king of hell from entering their body. People who wear a Buddha around their neck have to put it in their mouth when they go to the toilet not to lose its protective effect. If you enter in a temple with a hat on the head, in your next life you will be bald. If three people have their photo taken, the person in the middle will die quickly or will have problem in their life. When a gecko begins shouting in the shape of cawing you have to make a wish (if the cry is greater or equal to 5 and odd, the wish will come true). It is not advised for two people of the same age to marry because they have the same zodiacal signs,
When you plan to visit a temple in Cambodia it is important to understand a little of the Buddhist religion and some underlying local superstitious beliefs. Buddhism is the official