Kingdom of Cambodia, known as Cambodia, has blossomed into one of the key Asian destinations for luxury holiday-makers, backpackers and everyone in between.

  • Location: shares the borders with Vietnam to the East, Laos to the North, Thailand to the West and Northwest.
  • Area: 181 035 km2
  • Population: 16,480,916 in 2019
  • Religion: Folk, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam 
  • Capital: Phnom Penh
  • Largest city: Phnom Penh
  • Spoken Language: Khmer, Cham, English
  • Currency: Riel ( US$ 1 = 4,053 Riel – May 2019)
  • Time Zone: UTC + 7



  • Saying “Chum Reap Suor” instead of “hello” – with a gesture of pressing their palms together in front of their face and slightly.
  • Dressing neatly and showing respect when entering temples, pagodas or churches.
  • Take off your shoes and hat before entering Lao person’s home or religious grounds.
  • Asking permission before taking pictures Don’t follow people around and try to avoid snapping photos of them doing personal things like bathing. Show the photo to them after you’ve taken it.
  • Negotiating and getting a fixed price
  • Women are not allowed to touch a monk’s robe or his body.
  • Protecting the environment – Refusing to buy wildlife or plastic products.
  • Don’t touch or pat the head of people, even children.
  • No bikini or swim suit Most Lao people swim in rivers or waterfalls with at least shorts and a T-shirt. It is more polite to do this rather than walk around in a swimsuit or bikini.
  • Protecting the environment – Refusing to buy wildlife or plastic products.
  • Don’t express the affection of lovers in public.
  • Don’t resent Cambodian habits which may be considered rude in your country.






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