There are social norms in every society and Cambodia is no different. It may even have more rules given the ancient culture, reverence to authority and social hierarchy that is prevalent in virtually every aspect of society. There are certain social rules one should be aware of; from how Khmer people address each other through honorific titles, manners in the pagoda, family dynamics, to the work environment. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts in Cambodian culture that may come in handy as you navigate through the complex social norms.
(Some information has been gathered through other websites, conversations with colleagues, and recollections from childhood).