Arranged marriage has survived because of religion and tradition. In Buddhism, it is an obligation of parents to find spouses for their children and to marry them into good families.
Traditional Cambodian culture also pressures parents to choose and arrange marriages for the child so that their family's pride and honor are retained.
They may tell you a variety of stories about needing medical checks, proof of vaccinations or other paperwork that you must pay them for or your visa will not get issued.
You may even be directed by these fake officials to get your visa elsewhere at a higher price. They will pull you over and continue to come up with reasons you should be “fined” until you give them money.
After a spouse has been selected, a go-between discusses the proposal with the parents, who need to be satisfied that the right choice is being made for their offspring.
The parents offer blessings and the couple pray to the monks for a happy life.
Some struggles ended when France established its protectorate over Cambodia in 1863.
When Cambodia gained its independence from France in 1953, Prince Norodom Sihanouk ruled the country as an autocracy and continued to rule until 1970.
Cambodia, unlike most Southeast Asian countries, enjoyed a stable export business and shipped rice, rubber, coal, and cotton worldwide.
Many people lived in small villages near waterways, the majority working in agriculture.