50 Most Useful Phrases in Cambodia

Traveling to Cambodia can be an exciting adventure filled with cultural discoveries, ancient temples, and vibrant local life. However, language barriers can sometimes make it challenging to navigate through daily activities. Knowing a few key phrases in Khmer, the official language of Cambodia, can significantly enhance your travel experience. Here’s a list of the 50 most useful phrases every new tourist should know.

Greetings and Basic Courtesy

  1. Hello / Hi - សួស្តី (Suorsdei)
  2. Good morning - អរុណសួស្តី (Arun suor sdei)
  3. Good afternoon - ទិវាសួស្តី (Tivea suor sdei)
  4. Good evening - សាយ័នសួស្តី (Sayun suor sdei)
  5. Goodbye - ជំរាបលា (Chum reap lear)
  6. Please - សូម (Som)
  7. Thank you - អរគុណ (Arkun)
  8. You're welcome - អរគុណសម្រាប់ការស្នើសុំ (Arkun samrap kar sneu som)
  9. Excuse me - សុំទោស (Som toh)
  10. I'm sorry - សុំទោស (Som toh)
  11. Yes - បាទ (Bat) for men / ចាស (Chaa) for women
  12. No - ទេ (Te)
  13. My name is... - ខ្ញុំឈ្មោះ... (Knhom chhmua...)

Navigating Around

  1. Where is...? - នៅឯណា...? (Nov ae na...?)
  2. How do I get to...? - តើខ្ញុំនឹងទៅដល់...ដោយរបៀបណា? (Ta knhom neng tov dol... daoy robieb na?)
  3. Can you show me on the map? - តើអ្នកអាចបង្ហាញខ្ញុំលើផែនទីបានទេ? (Ta anak ach banghean knhom ler phaen ti ban te?)
  4. Is it far? - វា​នៅ​ឆ្ងាយ​ទេ? (Veah nov chngay te?)
  5. Turn left - បត់ឆ្វេង (Bat chhveng)
  6. Turn right - បត់ស្តាំ (Bat sdam)
  7. Straight ahead - ត្រង់ទៅមុខ (Trong tov mok)
  8. Near - ជិត (Chet)
  9. Far - ឆ្ងាយ (Chngay)
  10. Next to - ក្បែរ (Kbae)
  11. Across from - ចំងាយពី (Chomngay pi)

Taking a Tuk-Tuk

  1. How much to...? - តម្លៃប៉ុន្មានដើម្បីទៅ...? (Domlai ponman doembi tov...?)
  2. Take me to... - សូមជូនខ្ញុំទៅ... (Som choun knhom tov...)
  3. Can you take me to...? - តើអ្នកអាចជូនខ្ញុំទៅ...បានទេ? (Ta anak ach choun knhom tov... ban te?)
  4. I need a tuk-tuk to... - ខ្ញុំត្រូវការតុកតុកទៅ... (Knhom trov kar tuk-tuk tov...)
  5. Stop here, please - សូមឈប់ទីនេះ (Som chhob ti nis)
  6. How long does it take to get to...? - តើវាចំណាយពេលប៉ុន្មានដើម្បីទៅដល់...? (Ta vea chumnay pel ponman doembi tov dol...?)

Accommodation

  1. Do you have a room available? - តើមានបន្ទប់ទំនេរទេ? (Ta mean bontob tomner te?)
  2. How much is a room for one night? - តម្លៃបន្ទប់មួយយប់ប៉ុន្មាន? (Domlai bontob mouy yub ponman?)
  3. I have a reservation - ខ្ញុំបានកក់ទុក (Knhom ban kok tuk)
  4. Can I see the room? - តើខ្ញុំអាចមើលបន្ទប់បានទេ? (Ta knhom ach merl bontob ban te?)
  5. What time is check-out? - ពេលណាចេញពីបន្ទប់? (Pel na chenh pi bontob?)
  6. Is breakfast included? - តើអាហារពេលព្រឹកបញ្ចូលទេ? (Ta ahar pel pruk banhchol te?)

Dining

  1. A table for two, please - តើមានតុសម្រាប់ពីរនាក់ទេ? (Ta mean to samrap pi neak te?)
  2. Can I see the menu, please? - តើខ្ញុំអាចមើលម៉ឺនុយបានទេ? (Ta knhom ach merl menu ban te?)
  3. What do you recommend? - តើអ្នកណែនាំអ្វីខ្ញុំ? (Ta anak naenam ave knhom?)
  4. I would like to order... - ខ្ញុំចង់ហៅ... (Knhom chong hao...)
  5. Can I have the bill, please? - តើខ្ញុំអាចយកវិក្កយបត្របានទេ? (Ta knhom ach yok vikkayabot ban te?)
  6. Is there a vegetarian option? - តើមានជម្រើសសម្រាប់អ្នកបរិភោគបន្លែទេ? (Ta mean chomraeu samrap anak bariphok banlae te?)

Shopping

  1. How much does this cost? - តម្លៃប៉ុន្មាន? (Domlai ponman?)
  2. Do you accept credit cards? - តើអ្នកទទួលប័ណ្ណឥណទានទេ? (Ta anak to tuol banh enatean te?)
  3. Can I try this on? - តើខ្ញុំអាចសាកល្បងបានទេ? (Ta knhom ach saklobang ban te?)
  4. Do you have this in a different size/color? - តើមានទំហំ/ពណ៌ផ្សេងទេ? (Ta mean thom am / por pseng te?)
  5. Where is the fitting room? - បន្ទប់សាកល្បងនៅឯណា? (Bontob saklobang nov ae na?)
  6. I'm just looking, thank you - ខ្ញុំគ្រាន់តែមើលប៉ុណ្ណោះ អរគុណ (Knhom kroun tae merl ponnoh, arkun)

Emergencies

  1. I need help - ខ្ញុំត្រូវការជំនួយ (Knhom trov kar chumneuy)
  2. Call the police / Call an ambulance - ហៅប៉ូលិស / ហៅសង្រ្គោះបន្ទាន់ (Hao polis / Hao songkruoh bontoan)
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