When heading to another country, it is always a great idea to do your research. Many cultures differ vastly from Western culture, and you don’t want to inadvertently offend someone in your host country! This list of cultural customs in Cambodia covers the basics so you can have a great time whilst respecting the local culture.
Pagoda etiquette – When you visit Buddhist pagodas (which there are plenty of in Cambodia), always err on the side of caution with the dress code. It is best to keep a hat off when entering a pagoda, and ensuring your knees and shoulders are covered it all times. If you are female, it is absolutely forbidden to touch a Monk. You should also avoid pointing the soles of your feet or fingers towards Buddha statues or Monks. Finally, remember to take your shoes off being venturing inside any pagoda building.
Greetings – The traditional way to greet someone in Cambodia is by putting your hands together in front of your face. Although some Cambodians may shake your hand, it is usually only people who are used to interacting with foreigners. To be on the safe side, always greet people with this traditional method as you don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable
Titles – A great thing about Cambodian culture is the respect they show for other people. Instead of calling people by their names, they usually address them by a title. For example, if someone is younger than you, call them ‘oun’ (pronounced own). If they are around the same age or a bit older than you, call them ‘bong’. If they are much older than you, call them ‘om’ which translates to grandparent. This is a fantastic way to show respect for the beautiful Cambodian people AND help you save face if you forget names!
Be sure to book one of our tours to gain a better insight into the local culture from Chang. He can take you to his favourite local places, educate you further on the culture and of course, he loves to practice his English!
Seeing the sunset in Angkor Wat proper is a little difficult but in Phnom Bakheng, minutes away, it is welcomed. There is a hike involved but the breathtaking view will make it all worth it. Bring your video camera for this one!
- Phnom Bakheng at Sunset
Walk to the summit of this hill temple by foot and marvel in the sunset views of Angkor Wat. You will be battling the crowds, and given numbers are restricted to 300 visitors at any one time, we will ensure you get to Phnom Bakheng early enough to take in the breathtaking view. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes for this one!
*Estimated Tour Time:
Three – Four Hours
Hotel Pickup And Drop Off, Transport To Phnom Bakheng, A Fresh Coconut Waiting For You Upon Your Descent.
Angkor Archaeological Park Entry Fee ($37 USD 1 Day / $62 USD 3 Day)
Wear Comfortable Sandals Or Shoes Such As Keen Or Teva
$20-$50 For Meals, Extra Water, Souvenirs Etc.
Tuk Tuk $10 USD
Car $17 USD
*Tour times can vary depending on road traffic and how long you would like to spend looking through the Temples.
Add Banteay Samré to your Banteay Srei tour. There is a mysterious surprise here that has Archeologist stumped for years. Can you figure it out?
- Journey through the Cambodian countryside
- Banteay Samré Temple
- Banteay Srei Temple
The first stop on your journey is the often overlooked, but not to be underestimated Banteay Samre. You won’t come across many tourists at this temple, allowing you to spend time absorbing the serene atmosphere. Walk around the enclosure and observe the carvings that depict mythological scenes, then make your way to the inner sanctuary where you will come across a small tomb, though historians are hard-pressed to know what it was used for.
Once you have left Banteay Samre, it is time to sit back and relax on the spectacular ride through the Cambodian countryside. Once you arrive at Banteay Srei, take your time walking through the art exhibition on the history of the temple and its restoration. Stroll past the lotus pond and let your journey take you to the marvellous temple that is cut from stone of a pinkish hue. Explore the divine carvings that date back to the 10th century, and take in the beauty of this temple that was said to have been built by women. Once you are finished your tour, head to a nearby restaurant and chow down on some traditional Khmer food before your ride back to your hotel.
Estimated Tour Time:
Tour Includes: Tour Includes:
Hotel Pickup And Drop Off, Transport To The Locations, A Cold Bottle Of Water And A Fresh Coconut
Angkor Archaeological Park entry fee ($37 USD)
Tuk Tuk $30 USD
*Add Kabal Spean $35 USD
Car $50 USD
*Add Kabal Spean $50 USD