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  • Figures guardians statues of Angkor Thom south door
  • Puppets
  • A part of a monk in actions
  • Monks walking morning alms in An Giang

Social Conventions

People from Cambodia are known for their kindness and warm welcomes, however, when visiting Cambodia there are certain social conventions that should be adhered to which will ensure a successful visit. One of the most important is that the Cambodian population believe that a person’s soul is in their head and it is therefore considered a taboo to touch a person’s head. It is also taboo to point feet at people. Due to the politically tumultuous past that the country has faced, political topics should be approached with sensitivity.

Women should keep their shoulders covered and people should wear long clothing when visiting pagodas. Also, one should never sit cross-legged in pagodas.

Before taking pictures, it is considered polite to ask permission first, especially when taking pictures of monks. Certain areas are prohibited from photography such as military areas, railways and airports.

 

Religion

Thearavada Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia and is practiced by around 95% of the population. Christianity and Cham Muslim also have followings in Cambodia.


Language

Khmer is the official language in Cambodia and is used in most social contexts as well as in government, education and in media. As Cambodia was a French protectorate for ninety years, French is still spoken by many of the older generation while the younger generation has shown a desire to learn English. English is now spoken widely in major cities and tourist areas and is taught in many schools.

 


 

Cambodia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Cambodia.

Learn about the history and culture of Cambodia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Cambodia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Cambodia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Cambodia tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip 

After your Cambodia vacation, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.

 


 

Book your Cambodia tour with Goway! 

ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Cambodia tours, vacations and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover, see the country highlights on one of our classic itineraries, enjoy a small group tour and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Cambodia.


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