7 visitor code of conduct in Cambodia you must know
If you want to be a responsible visitor to the kingdom of Cambodia, here some tips..You are in Cambodia, the sun is shinning, the people are welcoming and warm, you've befriended your Tuk Tuk drivers, smiling kids are keen to play and joke with you, life is great. That's the beauty of the Kingdom of Cambodia, It is so easy to feel at home and comfortable in your surroundings...too easy. It's important, however, to remember you are in a nation that take real pride in its cultures and customs. What may seem a harmless act or gesture by you can be hugely offensive to the local people, or even illegal in some cases. We're sure you want to represent yourself, your country, and all indeed foreigners coming to Cambodia in the best possible way, so below are the 7 visitor code of conduct you as you are the responsible visitors to our kingdom of Cambodia must know:
Dress CodeWhen in the city of town, you are not on the beach, so revealing clothing, super-short shorts, bikini tops, walking around with no shirt on...it's just not cool folks, and quite offensive to the locals. Ladies, if you are going to a sacred site such as a temple, then you need to make sure you are covered to below the knees and across the shoulders. Dress appropriately people.
MonumentsCambodia's monuments, statues, temples and pagodas are old. Touching them doesn't change the way they look for the better, and leaning or sitting on fragile structures could do some real damage and get you into serous trouble. Look, take photos, but don't touch. Be careful with your backpacks, and anything you are carrying which could lead to damage.
Sacred SitesSacred sites in Cambodia are as sacred as they come. Remember when you visit that any locals or practicing Buddhists are probably not on a sightseeing tour. Keep the noise to an absolute minimum, talk only if necessary, put your phone on silent, don't disturb others. It's kind of like a trip to the cinema, but you'll come out with much more good karma on your side.
Food and Money for ChildrenIt's real tough one for a lot of visitors, and even the expats here sometimes. How could you possibly say no? But you have to. Giving money or food to children begging on the streets is counteractive to the work being done to get them off the streets and into schools. If it helps you feel better about saying no, a lot of the time thing aren't quite as the appear.
SmokingAlaw was passed recently banning smoking in public places, and is expected to come into full force during the lifespan of this book. Chances are you are familiar with such laws back home anyway, so no biggie. Angkor park has been a smoking-free site since 2012, and if caught smoking you may well be fined. During the hot dry season, a stray butt can also be a fire starter.
Restricted AreaCambodian authorities take restricted areas very seriously, from entry to photography. Most restricted areas are designated so for your own safety, particularly in the Angkor park where collapsing temples can be extremely dangerous. Military and government properties are simply not to be messed with. And those landmine signs are there for a reason
MonksMonks are highly respected and revered in Cambodia. They aren't a tourist attraction or photo opportunity. If you want to take a photo of a monk, ask for permission first. When talking with a monk make sure that you are positioned below them, even if it mean sitting on the ground. Ladies, never touch a monk, and do your very best not to stand or sit too close to one.
So, these 7 code of conducts, I hope strongly that will help you a little more understanding before coming to the Kingdom of Cambodia and avoid misbehavior and no trouble for yourselves while you are traveling.
Have great visiting Cambodia :-)