When planning to visit a temple in Cambodia, it is important to understand a little about 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 a part of the national identity. The slogan of the country is “Nation King and Religion”. The religion of the Buddhist Khmer is a mix of Animism and Brahmanism. Their universe is populated by genius and spirits, good or bad, protector or destroyer. They also believe in reincarnation and in souls being present 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, etc., are governed by superstitious beliefs. Example of beliefs: To change the name of a sick person in order to deceive the spirits. Do not pass under a clothesline, as it is 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 pendant around their neck have to put it in their mouth when they go to the toilet, so as not to lose its protective effect. If you enter in a temple with a hat, 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 problems in their life. When a gecko begins shouting in the form 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 advisable for two people of the same age to marry
When planning to visit a temple in Cambodia, it is important to understand a little about the Buddhist religion and some underlying local superstitious beliefs. Buddhism is the official religion
When you have finally booked your Cambodian holiday, it is great to have a checklist of things to consider to make sure you are ready to travel, and some handy tips to make your journey the trip of a life time. Visa Requirements To enter into Cambodia, you must have a valid passport with an expiry date of at least 6 months after your return date. You will also need a Tourist Visa. You can obtain your Visa directly upon arrival at the airport. The cost is $30 US for one month, and can be extended for an additional 30 days. They will ask you for a passport-sized ID photo, so you can bring one, or pay an additional $2 US. Here are another 10 things you should also consider: 1. Rules of behavior From one country to another, the rules of behavior and local customs can be very different. To respect the customs of the society you are visiting and avoid embarrassing situations, it is important to inquire about rules before you leave your country for Cambodia. The people of Cambodia are generally very modest and often quite shy. Green Cultural Travel has a great blog on this, so we think it is important to read:(http://www.greenculturaltravel.com/dos-and-dont-in-cambodia/). 2. Jet lag It is an essential element to take into account in the organization of your travel. For example, as compared to the UK and France, there is +5h in summer and +6h in winter. It is important to be aware of this when you book your flight. The jet lag can tire you, so plan to have one rest day after your arrival. 3. Communication The official language in Cambodia is Khmer. You will not understand the writing, although many signs in the major tourist locations are in English as well.
When you have finally booked your Cambodian holiday, it is great to have a checklist of things to consider to make sure you are ready to travel, and some handy