Mind your manners in Southeast Asia with these etiquette tips

Posted by Fodor's Editors on June 15, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment

Don't point your feet at anyone; keep them on the floor, and take care not to show the soles of your feet, particularly when seated, as in places like Thailand and Bali it’s considered rude. In Bali it’s also impolite to point with your index finger. Gesture with your whole hand instead. Never touch a person's head, even a child's (the head is considered sacred), and, if you are a woman, you should avoid touching a monk. Also, in many places, displays of anger—which include crossing your arms and putting your hands on hips as well as raised voices and confrontations—are considered very bad form.

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