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
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