Some Social Values of Cambodia

It is common for travelers to fall in love with the people and their culture in Cambodia. To get the most out of your trip in the Kingdom of Wonder, it is good to learn a little bit about these before visiting.

Before entering Cambodian home, visitors need take off their shoes. Cambodians always insist on taking off their shoes, even though it is not required and even if the host asks them not to. It’s done to be respectful.

Hats must be taken off. Instead of wearing hats for fashion, Cambodians do it to protect themselves from the sun or rain. Hats should never be worn inside a house.

Cambodians regularly offer their guests drinks like water, tea, or juice, as well as food. Even if the guest only takes a sip or a bite, the offer is accepted out of respect for the host.

For hosting guests, some homes use beds or mats. If so, guests should sit with their feet tucked under them. Stretching or crossing one’s legs is impolite.

“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.”

Since Cambodians often smile in both good and bad circumstances, it shouldn’t be assumed that they are automatically expressing joy, agreement, amusement, embarrassment, or ridicule.

To prevent misunderstandings, much care should be taken while interpreting a smile or laugh.

For the treatment of various kinds of illnesses, many Cambodians still put a high priority on consultation with traditional healers and using traditional or herbal medicines. In Cambodia, modern medicines are readily available and accessible.

Cambodians frequently feel a sense of pride and loyalty for their families, villages, and communities. Loyalty to one’s family and respect for them are highly valued in a collective culture.

The Cambodian people enjoy throwing lavish parties and inviting everyone they’ve ever met, whether it’s for a wedding, anniversary, funeral, or other significant celebration.

“Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered;
For inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered” by Stephen Cosgrove.

Images: World Vision Cambodia and Channelnewsasia

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