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Behaviour in Cambodian society is governed by showing respect, observing the social hierarchy by deferring to age and position attained, behaving and dressing modestly, and maintaining harmony through politeness, good manners and avoiding confrontation. Cambodians still observe the traditional greeting, the som pas, in which the palms are held together as in prayer and lifted to chest level with a slight bow.

Cambodians remove their shoes when entering a house, and will do so when entering yours too because removing shoes is a sign of respect. This is also the case when entering a temple and may apply to entering a guesthouse or some restaurants. In such cases there will generally be a pile of shoes at the entrance. Be sure to remember where you leave your shoes!

Culture Smart! Cambodia is a concise guide to understanding the Cambodian people and illuminating the complexities of their national identity. Familiarise yourself with their customs, traditions and culture and experience Cambodia authentically.


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