Polyamory is the norm in the tourist areas, and sex has about as much meaning as a kiss in places like the beaches of Sihanoukville and the Lakeside of Phnom Penh.
Great care should be taken, as Cambodia has a horrible medical system and sexually transmitted diseases, especially , are rife.
“Cambodian mates [male or female] are categorised as either traditional or modern, and are bound by strong cultural Khmer practices in terms of relationship to the opposite sex.
Their religion, Theravada Buddhism, has much to do in shaping this relationship so that in most instances deviant sexual behaviour is always considered to be sweetest,” says Dr Fil Tabayoyong, Jr, a social and holistic health development professional and an international medical doctor. If you are interested in someone, ask them out for coffee.
Many young Cambodian women look for a mate or husband at events such as the Water Festival or at religious ceremonies.