Ask for permission before taking photographs of any Cambodian people or monks.
It is customary to remove shoes when entering a place of worship, such as a pagoda or temple. Additionally, dress appropriately when visiting a religious site (upper arms and legs should be covered, hats removed).
Though not always expected, a respectful way of greeting another individual is to bow the head slightly with hands pressed together at the chest (known as “Sampeah”).
If invited to dine in a Cambodian’s family home, it is polite to bring a small gift for the host such as fruit, dessert, or flowers.
If invited to attend a Cambodian wedding, it is customary to bring cash as a wedding gift.
When using a toothpick at the table, use one hand to cover your mouth.
Don’t use your feet to point at someone.
Don’t touch a Cambodian person on the head.
Don’t begin eating if you are a guest at a dinner and the host has yet to take a bite.
Women should never touch monks or hand something directly to them.
Keep public displays of affection to a respectful minimum.
Talking politics can be sensitive, except if your Cambodian host initiates such a conversation.
Common Sense Practices
Do not litter; keep the community clean and safe.
Plastic bags can be hazardous; dispose of them properly.
*Source: Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia www.tourismcambodia.org