A few cultural do’s and don’ts for travelers to Indonesia
Travelers to foreign countries should always learn a bit about the customs and etiquette of the cultures they will be interacting with. To that effect, here are a few good tips for travelers in Indonesia to note and practice.
- It is acceptable to shake hands upon meeting someone, but keep in mind that some Muslim women might prefer to introduce themselves without physical contact, nodding, smiling and clasping their hands instead.
- Tradition greetings use both hands when shaking, without grasping.
- Be sure to take your shoes off before entering any house of worship, such as a mosque.
- When eating, giving or receiving something, you should always use your right hand.
- It is also considered rude to use your index finger to point at things or people. Use your thumb instead, and fold the remaining fingers.
- Drinks will often be offered to guests, and it is considered polite to accept.
- Women should note that skimpy clothing in public areas (aside from beaches and pools) may attract unwanted attention.