Cambodia Gestures

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Feet are considered the lowest form of the body and as such it is rude to point them at someone.

Cambodians sit with their legs straight down, uncrossed, as crossed legs indicate that you are an impolite person.

Cambodians tend to have two types of smiles. One indicates pleasure and the other embarrassment.

It is required to remove your shoes and hat before entering somebody’s home and Buddhist temple.

Do not use your left hand to give something to someone. Both hand are strongly recommended.

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