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March 24, 2012

Dos and donts in Cambodia

- We do not shake hands and kissing even less. To greet someone, bring your hands together in front of the chest if you are faced with an equal person. To greet a senior, join hands in front of the face but with a God, raise your hands above your head.
- Politeness is very important. Cambodian people respect all as a big family. For new acquaintances, we often ask for ages first to know whether to call you sister, brother or uncle, etc. In public, you should call a person by name preceded by "Mr." or "madame." We do not often use personal names.
- It is acceptable to give money to the real beggars, especially the elderly and disabled war veterans who have nothing else to live.
- In the temples, go around the Buddha to the left, in the opposite direction of clockwise. Do not sit with your back against the Buddha or point your feet in his direction, this is frowned upon. Under no circumstances should a woman touch a monk or he will lose all merits acquired.
- Never get too excited, and especially not to speak too loud. This behavior results in losing face to the other party.
- Never touch the heads (even the children); this gesture is considered an insult. Do not bend up your finger to call someone.
- When sitting, avoid pointing your foot at anyone.
- In places of worship, dress carefully (shoulders and legs covered), take off your shoes upon entering and talk in whispers, never touch the interiors and artifacts
- Always ask for permission before taking a picture of someone.
- Avoid showing affection in public.