Discover Cambodia : Overcoming Barriers of Entry (part 2) & Solutions

4. Lack of English Speaking Locals

Khmer is the official language of Cambodia and is used by roughly 90% of the population.

  • Due to the past colonial rule by France, a number of French words exist in the language.

  • However, English is not widely understood, particularly amongst the older generation and in rural areas.

5. Barrier: Understanding of Culture

The Cambodian culture is conservative and hierarchical, and Theravada Buddhism is practised by 95% of the population

A. Concept of Collectivism

  • Collectivism: The idea that the family and society is more important than the wishes of the individual and, as in many Asian cultures, the sense of ‘face’.

  • Avoid causing public embarrassment, not lose your temper in public.

B. Handshake

  • It is common to greet women with the “Sampeah” – the placing of both palms together in a prayer-like position at chest level, with a slight bow of the head, as a form of a handshake.

  • The higher the hands and the lower the bow, the more respect is shown.

C. Head

  • The head is considered the highest and most spiritual part of a person's body.

  • Never touch a Cambodian person on the head and women should never touch a Buddhist monk.

d. Clothing

  • Clothing should be modest, especially for women.

  • Always dress conservatively when visiting temples, homes, or public offices.

Solution: How can Fidelium Group help?

  1. A wide spectrum of partners

  2. Tailored Business Matching Services

  3. Provide Intellectual Property Rights consulting and assist you in finding talents within Cambodia if required

  4. Assist you to navigate through cultural, business and regulatory complexities