Mekong river – the heart of Cambodia has brought this country with abundant source of water and alluvial soil. As a result, 80% of Cambodia population follows the traditional living in the countryside which means lives on fishing and farming. Cambodians are hard-working farmer who usually wakes up before the sunrise and come back home after sunset. Like their neighbor Vietnam and Thailand, the main food is wet rice. Rice always appears in their meals.
Modern lifestyle has very little impact on the Cambodian living style. Particular, the majority of Cambodians live in the village and their life cycles are attached with the village. All important events from birth – marriage – to death happen in the village, which somehow affect to their shy and conservative characteristics. Living closely to village and preferring a conservative ling somehow affect to the Cambodia economy. In Asia areas, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries with an average daily income about US$1.30 a day. Cambodians are those have close connection to their family and often live together in extended family. It is not hard to see family with three to five generations. In addition, Cambodian love big family, so they often give birth from three to five children. Overall, Cambodian, like others Asian countries, families play a very important part in their life.

Cambodia Lifestyle

Cambodia Lifestyle

Characteristic of Cambodian
Cambodian are very shy, but very hospitable and constantly keep a smile on their face. It is predicted that smiling tradition is started from the majority of Cambodians are Buddhist follower, so they always keep in mind to be satisfied with their life. Cambodians are extremely calm people. They rarely express any anger on their face or rude behaviors. However, If you insult or do anything that make them feel embarrassed, they will bear that in mind and hardly to forgive. More importantly, Cambodian are those always greatful, they will never forget who helps them in miserable time. Although Cambodians do not like to express their own feeling, they are always obvious about what is right? And what is wrong? In general, Cambodians are those really friendly and welcome to visitors. When coming to Cambodia, you will have better understanding about these lovely people and their unique culture.

Female farmers gather rice on their fields, Cambodia

Female farmers gather rice on their fields, Cambodia

Traditional Costumes
Cambodia traditionally has two types of clothes: Krama and Sampot.
Krama, which is a checkered sacrt, is mostly used in daily life of Cambodian because of the convenience for their daily activities. Until now, Cambodian is still loyal with the traditional material to make a krama, which if often cotton or silk. Krama is often worn around head ad neck to avoid the heat from sun while Cambodian are working in the hot conditions.
Meanwhile, Sampot is incredibly glamous and vivid festival costumes of Cambodians. Sampot, which is a long, rectangular cloth, cab be draped in many ways. Sampot is mainly made by silk and dyed in five eye-catching colors: red, green, blue, yellow and black. Sampot is also considered as a way to identify wearer’s class. The simple designed sampot called sarong is often worn by people of lower class. In contrast, Sampot Phamuong and Sampot Hol are two luxury sampots that are favourable by upper class.

Girls in Cambodia Traditional Costumes

Girls in Cambodia Traditional Costumes