Cambodia is becoming a fascinating destination for tourists. It is a beautiful country with many unique cultural traditions. Knowing the “code of communication” will make your Cambodia tour more interesting and avoid culture socks or communication mistakes. This means you respect the local people you meet and show to them that you are a great ambassador for your home country. These following tips will help you understand the temple country – Cambodia
Cambodia is a Buddhist country and the local people are very reserved so you must take these Do and Don’t in your mind when you have a Cambodia tour.

Dos and Donts in Cambodia

Dos and Donts in Cambodia

DO!
• Ask before take photos: a smile in Cambodia means shyness and discomfort so don’t ever presume that the local feel ok when you capture their images. If they smile and nod with you, now you can take photo.
• Dress appropriately: It is necessary for you to dress politely in a Buddhist country. In Cambodia, whenever you enter worship places such as temples or pagodas you must cover your body well. No shorts, skirts over knees, halters, sleeveless shirts
• Take off hat and shoes: it show your politeness and your understanding of Cambodian culture, you should take off hat and shoes when enter temples, pagodas, offices or home. If you are allowed to keep your shoes, feel free to do that.
• Use both hands: You should prepare your business cards already if you want to spread your work. And must you both hands to give and receive cards, even gifts

DON’T!
• Do hand shaking for greeting: In Cambodia, people don’t use hand to salute each other they bow and put their hand in pray position in front of their chest.
• Use left hand: The Cambodian think the left hand is a dirty hand and it is only used to clean your body in bathroom. Don’t use it for any purposes.
• Touch one’s head: It is very rude to touch one’s head in Cambodia, even it’s a kid.
• Display affection in public: The Cambodian is very reserved and they see affection display in public is very impolite action, even holding hands in public. Therefore, visiting Cambodia means that you should keep your emotional display to a respectful minimum.