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Phnom Penh

What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Cambodians are sharp dressers in the professional realm. Be clean and tidy. Men wear button-down shirts, trousers, and closed-toe shoes. Women usually wear skirts and blouses. - May 2, 2017
Business casual for work and casual in public though somewhat conservative (short-shorts and bare shoulders are viewed as disrespectful). More conservative dress is expected at temples. - Oct 24, 2016
Expats are rich. Should dress the part at least with a tie if you're a teacher or office worker. - May 18, 2015
Work - business casual or lower. Public - very casual. Flip flops rule the day in Cambodia. - Feb 13, 2015
Work is pretty casual, but you can also dress the same as you would in DC. Most women wear work skirts or pants with a nice blouse or a dress. Men wear wear a suit or pants and a button up shirt. In public dress the same as you would in the U.S. but slightly more conservatively (not super short shorts, short skirts, spaghetti tank tops, etc.). - Aug 13, 2013
Relatively casual in the NGO world. It's hot -- not a place for a wool suit. - Jan 16, 2012
Business or business casual at work, very casual in public. - Aug 6, 2011
Pretty casual, most of the U.S. Mission direct hire employees rarely wore ties. - Oct 9, 2010
Casual to business. A jacket is not required to visit most government officials but it is nice to have on a tie at least for first introductions. Ministers will have on a tie, possibly a suit in their A/C offices. There are some formal and black tie events for special occasions. - Feb 27, 2008