Cultural Differences in Asian Countries Maybe You Need to Know
List of Ethics for Americans while on holiday in Asia
Seoul street - Image Credit M Paath Djojonegoro
Culture of Asian countries is much different and contrast compared with the culture brought by the tourists who mostly from the United States and Europe. Even for local residents in Asian countries often find it strange to see the habits of foreign tourists.
But. It does indeed happen, as quoted from the sites CNN Indonesia, today, that most Asian countries still have a lot of 'Oriental' culture in social interaction.
You know if you often see foreign tourists from the northern part region who do not hesitate to walk around the city just wearing a singlet shirt or even shirtless.
I think in a tourist trip, it's not wrong to learn the habits of local people, find out the culture prevailing in the country before leaving.
And in the long run can keep a good feeling of the local people, such as reviews from the summary of Travel and Leisure website that can be followed when you're on vacation in Asia.
1. Dress modestly
It is important that Asian societies have a simple dress culture that tends to be closed.
It should be understood by tourists from the US who prefer to use clothes tailored to weather conditions.
2. Do not enter private territory
People in certain countries in Asia do not like to see strangers too close to them. You can see things like this in India, men are not allowed to touch women as a form of respect.
You need to keep a distance of about a stretch of arm with an Asian.
3. Avoid to criticize local cuisine
Maybe you got an invitation to lunch or dinner at a local resident's house, it's important to understand. You should never say negative things about the dishes served.
Hwajeon, Korean local foods - Image Credit M Paath Djojonegoro
Similarly, Chinese citizens who wholeheartedly present all the food they have if inviting guests to come. It is polite to taste everything, without criticizing any of the dishes served because it will hurt them.
4. Bring the souvenirs
This is also part of the custom, when the locals invite to visit their home, it would be nice if it brings the souvenirs for homeowners.
Difficult but good habits, they will be more appreciative if the souvenir is specifically brought from the country of origin of tourists who come.
In addition to the things mentioned above, it helps you to learn the various other habits of the local people. Basically the tour always gives many pleasant surprises.
Source: G Putro Jati - CNN Indonesia, Travel and Leisure
Image: M Paath Djojonegoro