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 Westerners. Their smile, politeness, and their welcoming 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 breastbone, bowing slightly (with an equal person). But if it’s with an important person, your hands have to be at the level of your face. This local custom is called “Sompiah”. Don’t point a finger at someone. This gestural behavior in South-East Asia has a particular significance, 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 "Madam". In the streets 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 their local currency (Riel) will improve 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 their King and the royal family. As in all Asian countries, don’t get angry but keep calm. It is very badly
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
Like all tropical countries, Cambodia has two seasons: Dry and rainy. The dry season lasts from November to April, and the rainy season from May to October. The first is very dry, with a temperature of around 25 to 30° Celsius. The rainy season is hot, with some days approaching 40° Celsius, and also wet, with short but heavy down pours almost every day. Some localized flooding can occur. The months of April and May are oppressive, so it is not a recommended time to visit for those that cannot deal with excessively hot days. The tourist high season coincides with the most friendly weather from November to March, because it is not too hot. The landscapes are splendid just after the rainy season, because everything is green. However, for those wishing to stretch their travel dollars further, then a visit to Cambodia in the low seasons will allow you to obtain some great discounts on accommodation. If you plan your day to get your sight-seeing and other activities done early or late in the day, and relax in the middle of the day at your hotel and guesthouse, then you can avoid the heat of the middle of the day. Hanging out by the swimming pool through the middle of the day is a great way to relax. If your hotel or guesthouse does not have a pool, remember that many hotels will allow you to use their pool for the day for a small fee, which often includes a complimentary drink. It should be remembered that even if there are two seasons, it is hot all year round in Cambodia, as compared to many western countries! The temperature rarely falls below 20°C, except in the north of Cambodia, where the temperatures are cool during the night. Bring a
Like all tropical countries, Cambodia has two seasons: Dry and rainy. The dry season lasts from November to April, and the rainy season from May to October. The first is
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