Of all Cambodia tour packages and even for those who travel through the organized holiday it will be useful to know as much as possible in order to planning a hassle free and full of surprises once you know the basic things about the country’s culture, tradition, people, safety and other concerned things. In following article I would like to write about the general tips or travelers whom travel to this beautiful yet wonder land destination. In last decade tourism has been the only industry that grew year by year, thanks to the tourism infrastructure from the ancient to the natural wonders of this ever amazing country, nowadays, and based on your expectation if you go on a luxury travel Cambodia then you will find a plenty of options a head from accommodating on fine luxury resorts and spa hotels in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville to the luxury transportation and the Helicopter tours above the mysterious Angkor Wat Temple. Following are my tips regarding the topic “Travel safety in Cambodia” and I would like to write more tips and information to deal on your holiday.
Travel safety in Cambodia
How safe is Cambodia? This is a very common question that we’ve received over the period of 10 years of working in tourism of Indochina, the answer is don’t worry, Cambodia is very safe and traveling inside the country from the cities to the rural area will be full of new experience, however, there are some tips that helps you to know the Cambodia better, here we go:
I and my team live and work in Siem Reap and have been travelled extensively throughout the country and we mutually agree that Cambodia it is much safer than many Western cities. The capital city of Cambodia, the Phnom Penh is another story, is much bigger and there are areas where it would not be wise to go after dark – as in many cities in the world.
The Cambodia Culture and social mere
Cambodian culture and traditions are largely shaped by the religion; 95% of the population practices Theravada Buddhism. The other small religions are Islam and the Christianity that is practicing mainly in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
If you haven’t been to Cambodia or Indochina yet, and don’t know where to go and what to see, perhaps you should consider an escorted tour packages Cambodia in order to visit the key attractions and the places that you won’t be able if you travel on your own and you will enjoy a visit of the country’s most intimate and fun and you will have less chance of cultural disappointing.
The concept of “face”, as in many other Asian cultures, even in Cambodia is essential. Belittle the Cambodians would arouse resentment – use of sarcasm and self to defuse a tense situation is far better and common. Cambodia is definitely a place where you have the possibility to learn and live in a more relaxing society, keep smiling and you will get more smile and welcoming by the locals and don’t forget that Cambodia is a country with a strong Buddhist influence, so, dress modest and observe the culture when visiting the temples.
Cambodian are generally very hospitable and welcoming and you will have chance to get invited as a guest in their own house, village, and countryside. Even the poorest Cambodian will likely to share his plate of rice and his glass of water with wealthy foreigners and the fact is they would like to appreciate you for traveling in Cambodia in this way.
The traditional greeting way of Cambodia people called “Sompiah”, a gentle hint of a bow with folded hands on the chest and the tips of the fingers pointing upwards. Many Khmer think that Westerners do not understand this nuance; if you can ask a Khmer to teach you this greeting form then you will be more welcome by the locals, however and nowadays, the Sompiah is not that common in the cities but if you invited to the local house then Sompiah will be the only greeting, so, do not forget to learn how to Sompiah.
How to dress in Cambodia
The Khmer people are modest and tend to dress in clothes that reveal as little as their body. Wear shorts or skirts are quite unusual for Cambodian, but for you as travelers it will be not a problem at all, however, if you visiting the temples and pagodas then try to avoid wearing the short dress and the top tank as this will be considered as irresponsible and impolite, this is like going to church on bikini! Some sites will even refuse admission, normally in those cases there is possibility of renting long dresses, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is one of the places that refuse your entrance if you not wearing the modest dress.
Wedding in Khmer culture
If during your stay you should happen to tighten friendships, then it is very likely that you may be invited to a wedding. These colorful and noisy events last 2-3 days (although these days, is now reduced to one and a half). Brides traditionally are used to change clothes several times. Normally these are traditional clothes in different colors. If there is a big wedding then you might be seen thousands of guests and friends who come to celebrate and help the couple to get their marriage life started, among people there are those who will stop longer and some less, and it is customary to leave an envelope with the money before leaving. The Barang (foreigners) during lunch will be asked to drink several times with the married couples. Even if you were not invited you perceive a wedding nearby, especially the loud music and swarms of people walking around the place.
Entertainment in Cambodia
While many visitors attend the traditional Apsara dances, Khmer youth are more used to go to the bar with karaoke, the various clubs and discos in the cities where you will be entertain whole night. Interms of sport, Volleyball and football are growing well between the youth and along with other improvised games that is a part of their culture as well. Siem Reap at night is considered the temple of entertainment for local youth, boys and girls come out to meet, dance and have fun.
Popular Cambodia Tour Packages
From the hidden temples in the forest to the captivating Khmer empire capital in Angor Wat to the Luxury private and high end deluxe holiday in Song Sa Island to the cloudless sky waters of the Sihanoukville and the Kep Island, Cambodia is a destination that everyone should visit when it comes to Indochina and the South East of Asia. There are historical wonders, captivating cultural sites and the lush green country sides that are waiting to be explored and to do it so nothing better than planning a well arranged Cambodia tour packages that could be done through the well known tour operators in the region.
Luxury Travel to Cambodia
The most popular options for traveling to Cambodia usually included a visit to Phnom Penh and the Siem Reap as well as the mysterious Angkor Wat Temples, and if you have more time to travel then you must add other destinations in between them, the Tonle Sap Lake is another unique and great discovery that you must visit it on an excursion from Siem Reap, the better choices are around the luxury travel Cambodia where you will get a Mekong river cruise in style which is sailing between the Southern Vietnam and Cambodia to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
In addition, traveling from southern Vietnam to Cambodia on a cruise has become very popular and more travelers are requesting information on this because this is where you will watch the life on the waters, the floating markets, floating villages and simply everything has made on the water. Learn more of Luxury Mekong river cruises
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