As with the rest of Southeast Asia, the head is considered the highest and most spiritual part of a person's body.
Visiting Cambodia is an experience that will live inside of you forever.
Having endured colonization, brutal wars, and everyday hardships, the Cambodian people have somehow still emerged as warm and welcoming to visitors of their country.
As tourists to this special place, it is paramount that we represent ourselves well to ensure a warm welcome for others that follow.
The people in Cambodia understand that visitors may not be familiar with all of their customs, but by showing a respectful effort you will gain trust, friendship, and have a better overall experience in this exciting part of Southeast Asia.
- is made by putting your two hands together (with fingertips near the chin) and a giving a slight bow with your head.
The hands are held higher to show more respect to elders and monks.
Many Cambodians choose to shake hands with visitors, so the best rule-of-thumb is simply to return whatever greeting that you were given initially.
Theravada Buddhism is practiced by 95% of the population in Cambodia.
The followers adhere to the concepts of karma, collectivism, and "saving face" to guide them in daily transactions.
As with most of Asia, to "loose one's cool" in public is completely unacceptable; never shout at someone or criticize them in front of others.
No matter how inconvenient or uncomfortable a situation is, never make it worse by loosing your temper!