“Lok” or “Lok Srey” (Cambodian Greeting)

When greeting people or to show respect in Cambodia people do the “sampeah” gesture, followed by the word Lok or Lok Srey depending on whether your a man or woman.

Head on over to my “Travel Insight page to read about the beautiful wedding in Cambodia that we were fortunate enough to attend.

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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5 Responses to “Lok” or “Lok Srey” (Cambodian Greeting)

  1. Patricia says:

    Diane,
    I left you a comment on your Travel Insight page earlier today, regarding the Cambodia wedding. Enjoyed it very much.
    Pat

    • Thankyou Pat, yes I read your comments and hope you don’t mind if I answer you here.
      Some of the traditions are handed down from India I believe. The cleaning of feet with oil etc…. Weddings are such a big deal, I laughed when we had to line up on the second day way down the other end of the street and walk in a parade to the brides house, some distance away. As everyone stopped to watch, it crossed my mind we were the only fair coloured people in the whole parade, which must have been very interesting to them.
      Oh yes, one reason for going back, I remember they have a young girl,( maid), who they have taken in from the jungle who cleans in return for somewhere to live and education. She would have had nothing if they had not taken her in. So yes I am looking forward to meeting our friends there. Thankyou Pat.

      • Forgot to mention … of course you can tag along….
        I will be madly writing all my thoughts and inspirations as I go, so yes I will be seeing this as a great opportunity for me…… Thank you so much Pat.

  2. Joanna says:

    It is a real privilege to participate in the intimacy of such wedding preparations and celebrations so foreign to us. I can tell from the photos that you and your husband were totally relaxed and fitted right in. Bet you can hardly wait for this next experience! Make sure you take a notebook to jot down all thoughts, inspirations, observations – even the most mundane. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Yes we were privilaged Joanna. The bride and her parents made us feel very welcome and indeed they will be at the airport to welcome us this time to. If I get time I will post a little more about Cambodia and our last experience there, you will find interesting.
      Something Jim Rumford (the author I interviewed on here earlier), said to me, about taking note of why a little girl is in a pink dress leading a buffalow in the paddock, reminded me to be armed with not only my notebook, thoughts etc, but see the opportunity and inspiration for a unique childrens story. I will certainly see this trip through different eyes…….. Thankyou Joanna.

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