Dos and Don'ts in Cambodia

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Book Promotion and Service, 2005 - Cambodia - 224 pages
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Visit Cambodia with our little book of cultural Do's and Don'ts will guide you through this wonderful land ensuring you emerge in love with the country and its hospitable people. Our advice might sometimes lead you to suspect that Cambodia is the wild west of Asia where oddballs and eccentrics go off the rails. As Phnom Penh resident Dr. David Hill explains, there are foreign visitors who completely lose their way. But for most of the millions of visitors to this antique kingdom, Cambodia is a jewel and so different from anywhere else. Dr. Hill guides us through the Do's and Don'ts of the splendors of Angkor Wat, the bustle of Phnom Penh and the pristine beaches of Sihanoukville. He helps us to understand the Khmer Rouge period, and to learn where you Do or Don't ask Cambodians about that history or if they prefer to forget. On the lighter side, this outstanding guide gives you tips on superstitions, magic, body language, Buddhism, how to have a safe night on the town, and what to Do or Not To Do if you're invited to a wedding, funeral, sleepover, or a shopping spree. The author guides your every steps to ensure that your aura repels the most potent of spells and that your shopping expeditions and treks will be happy and successful. To ensure that you, the foreign resident, fleeting visitor or armchair traveler, enjoy your stay in Cambodia Dr. Hill presents a light hearted but practical guide to the Do's and Don'ts of this wonderful country. DO be nice to three colored male cats because they bring good luck. If someone asks if you want a dahleng DON'T confuse it with an offer of romance. DO speak with a smile and never get cross and complain loudly. Want to know more? Then DO buy this book!

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Contents

Cambodia Current Context
5
The Greeting or Sompiah
9
Khmer Society
13
Social Customs
23
Sacred Waters
36
Angkor
43
History
49
Consequences of The Wars and Khmer Rouge
59
Festivals and Holidays
109
Ceremonies Weddings Funeral
127
Public Places
139
Accommodation
148
Food and Restaurants
157
Shopping in Cambodia Buyer Be Aware
169
Travel
175
Health Tips
183

Religion
76
The Monarchy Nation Religion King
81
Hun Sen and The CPP The Oknha
85
Language
89
Money and Banks
97
Traffic Especially in Phnom Penh
99
Surviving a Night on The Town
189
Mainly for
208
Mainly for Women
209
Off the Rails in Phnom Penh
212
Safety Tips
218
Copyright

About the author (2005)

David Hill lives in Los Angeles & Mississippi. "Sacred Dust" won the Commonwealth Club of California First Work of Fiction award.

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