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Cambodia is a fantastic place to visit and as with most countries, they have their customs and etiquettes.

In this video, we delve into behaviour etiquettes when backpacking in Cambodia, which will make your interactions with the locals a much more fun experience.
Fortunately, the do's and don'ts for etiquette in Cambodia are mostly straightforward and it is just a matter of showing respect.
Visiting Cambodia is an experience that will change you.
Having endured colonization, brutal wars and everyday hardships, with land mines still a daily threat for some. The Cambodian people still happily welcome visitors to their country.
The people in Cambodia understand that visitors may not be familiar with all of their customs, but by showing respectful effort, you will gain trust, friendship and have a better overall experience in this exciting part of Southeast Asia.
As with most of Asia, the rules of saving face apply.
To lose one's cool in public is completely unacceptable, so avoid shouting at someone or criticizing them in front of others.
No matter how inconvenient or uncomfortable a situation is, never make it worse by losing your temper!
Be sure to give genuine compliments and gratitude to people who give.
When offered a gift, politely refuse at first, but in the end, always accept it graciously with both hands.
Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia consider the head the highest and most spiritual,sacred part of a person's body.
It's the pinnacle of someone's personal space, so don't touch it!
That includes ruffling a childs hair.
At the other end, the feet are considered the dirtiest and least sacred,
so, don't point your feet at people and always remove your shoes before going into temples, homes, and some businesses.
The left hand is reserved for dirty duties in the toilet.
Avoid handing people things with your left hand.
Be mindful of Cambodia's war torn past and don't talk about war, politics, violence or the Khmer Rouge.
Nearly every one of a certain age has lost family and friends to violence.
Avoid wearing T-shirts and clothing that depict war or violence.
Pointing with your index finger is considered rude.
Instead, gesture with your right palm with all the fingers straight.
The traditional Cambodian greeting, known as som pas, is made by putting your two hands together in a prayer like gesture in front of the chest, with fingertips pointing up.
Give a slight bow with your head.
The hands are held higher to show more respect to elders, officials and teachers.
For monks, the fingertips should be touching your forehead.
You can also give a higher som pas to show extreme gratitude or sincere apology.
Not returning someone's greeting is considered very rude.
Modest dress is the rule in Cambodia, particularly for women.
Although many tourists wear shorts to deal with the heat, the locals tend to cover as much skin as possible.
Although tourism has caused local dress standards to relax somewhat, always dress conservatively when visiting temples, homes or entering a government building.
Avoid wearing T-shirts with religious themes, images of Buddha or Hindu deities.
Cambodians are conservative in sexuality and generally frown upon public displays of affection.
Again, the key is to not cause someone to feel embarrassed.

Aside from monks, elders are given the highest level of respect in Cambodia.
Always acknowledge an elder's status by allowing them to control the conversation, walk first, begin eating first, and take the lead.
When seated, you should attempt to never sit higher than the eldest person in the room.
Whether visiting sprawling temples or one of the smaller pagodas in Siem Reap, always show respect by following these guidelines.
Remove shoes and hats before entering the worship area, no one is exempt.
Turn off phones and MP3 players and remove your headphones.
Avoid sitting higher than seated monks or statues of Buddha.
Don't turn your back to statues of Buddha to take a selfie!
Getting invited to someone's home for dinner may be a highlight of your trip to Cambodia.
Don't decline and miss a great opportunity just because you aren't sure about the do's and don'ts of Cambodian etiquette!
Remove your shoes, even if not told to do so by your host.
Remove your hat while indoors.
Hopefully this helps you understand a little about Cambodian etiquette and helps with backpacking in Cambodia.
Thanks for watching!

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