Cambodian Communication Style

The official language of Cambodia is Cambodiais Khmer. It is spoken by some 7 million people living there, roughly 90% of the population. Due to the long time of French colonial, Cambodians can speak French or English quite well. It makes no difficulty for tourists to ask Cambodians about the way or price of products. For Cambodian, there are some communication rules that people from other countries should bear in mind.

Meeting and Greeting in Cambodia

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Greetings between Cambodians depend on the social relationship between the people. The traditional greeting is a bow combined with a bringing of two hands together putting on chest.

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Personal Space and Touching in Cambodia

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Cambodians believe that the soul resides in the head. Therefore, touching or pointing at the head is considered as rude.

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Eye Contact in Cambodia

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Eye contact is kept minimal especially with people of higher rank in society.

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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.

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Cambodia Clothes

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Dressing well in Cambodia is very important. You should wear neat and tidy.

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