Cambodia: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)

October 31, 2020
Cambodia: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)

Say “Cambodia,” and often two associations come to mind: thelost glories of Angkor, and the horrors of the Khmer Rouge’s“Killing Fields.” Any understanding of Cambodia today however, mustembrace both these opposites, as well as the changing attitudeswithin the country caused by somewhat of a demographicrevolution.In the past Cambodia was the center of the Khmer empire, whichfrom its capital at Angkor from the ninth to the fourteenthcenturies ruled much of what is now Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.The ruins of the Khmer palaces, temples, and cities testify totheir power, wealth, high culture, and engineering skills, whiletheir subsequent abandonment and long obscurity provide a soberingexample of civilization’s fragility. Today, Cambodia is negotiatingits rich and complex past with the challenges of modernity in aglobalised world.Culture Smart! Cambodia is for all those who want to do morethan just scratch the surface. Whether travelling as a tourist,businessperson or student, the guide will enrich your understandingof the land and its people, their values and their attitudes.Concise sections that trace the country's history help us tounderstand how the past has shaped the collective and personalvalues of Cambodians today, while sections on Cambodian life atwork, at home and in social situations will enable you tosuccessfully navigate your way with sensitivity and withunderstanding.