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Social Behavior : Cambodian Culture

This is a brief guide to Cambodian culture, society, language, etiquette, manners and protocol.

  • Avoid pointing your feet at people or touching their heads, as Cambodians believe one’s vital essence resides in the head.
  • Keep calm in tense situations, Cambodians don’t appreciate it when visitors lose their tempers.
  • Dress: Cambodia is hot, so stick to lightweight, breathable materials. Avoid clothing that is too revealing. A hat and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are recommended, particularly for touring the temples.
  • Photography near military posts is forbidden, It is polite to ask permission before photographing people, particularly monks.
  • Tipping: While tipping is not expected, it is appreciated. Hotels and high-end restaurants typically add a service charge.