Trade Guide: Cambodia

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Cambodia (official name: the Kingdom of Cambodia) is a small developing country located in the southern portion of the Southeast Asian land mass, sharing borders with Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

“Do’s and Don’ts”


  • Be sure to show deference and respect to senior executives and officials.
  • Express modesty and humility.
  • Wait to be told where to sit at luncheons or diners.
  • Introduce your colleagues according to their rank.
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Be punctual
  • Have your business cards printed in both English and Khmer.


  • Discuss business in a social setting.
  • Extend your hand to shake hands with a woman unless she first extends her hand to you.
  • Express any strong emotions.
  • Engage in prolonged eye contact
  • Boast
  • Open a gift when it is received
  • Give or expect birthday gifts. Birthday are not considered important in Cambodia and many older Cambodians don't even know their birthday.

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