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Asia Local Customs

  • Wai - Traditional Thai Greeting

    Bangkok Local Customs

    Thais greet each other with the ‘wai’ (pronounced like the word ‘why’), placing the palms of their hands together as in prayer and raising them to the level of their face whilst bowing slightly. Cambodians and Lao people also do this but they don't bow their heads down. In addition to greeting and saying goodbye, the wai is also always used when...

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  • Singlish

    Singapore Local Customs

    Singlish, quite literally, means Singapore English-- a unique blend of the languages and dialects of the diverse ethnic groups residing here. Most Singaporeans are actually capable of speaking proper English, but do not do so on a daily basis out of habbit. We do try to leave out the singlish punctuations when speaking to tourists, also known as...

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  • Dress

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    I was really nervous about what to wear when I went to KL. Because they are a majority Muslim country I wasn't sure if I would be offending them if I wore shorts or a skirt. I spent the first two days there wearing jeans when it was stinking hot and really humid! I ended up asking one of our tour guides and he said that wearing shorts and skirts is...

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  • Etiquettes and Behaviors

    Tokyo Local Customs

    Japanese baseball fans seem to be much more enthusiastic than American baseball fans. I'm sure part of it is the Japanese cultural mindset of blending with others, which causes them to dress the same, sing the same songs, clap together, sit in silence together, and do synchronized waves through the crowd. In America, on the other hand, we like to...

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  • Spitting

    Beijing Local Customs

    The Chinese are huges fans of hocking up everything in their throat and spitting it anywhere and everywhere. They believe that it is a hygenic thing to do, more so than our western tradition of blowing our noses and sticking the tissue in our pockets! Do not be offended by the constant sounds of loosening throats, just remember to watch where...

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  • Eating & Drinking

    Seoul Local Customs

    Dried fish are found in all shapes and sizes in Korea, and I found it fascinating to walk around and look at the open stalls where they were both laying and hanging. You are often offered to have a taste of a dried squid, a dried shrimp or other small dried fish when you are wandering around looking at the stalls, and some were pretty tasty -...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Goa Local Customs

    Raksha bandhan (the bond of protection in Hindi) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie a rakhi (a holy thread) around their brothers' wrists. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her. This festival is typically an occasion for celebration by the...

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  • People

    Ho Chi Minh City Local Customs

    During my stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I noticed that many motorcycles had an extra seat for small children. Actually, it was a wooden chair placed between the driver and the handle bars. I don’t know if the chair is special designed for this purpose?

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  • LITTLE THINGS TO KNOW

    Mumbai Local Customs

    Mumbai's Passport Office, being the only one in the region, caters to the residents from Greater Mumbai, over and above districts of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Aurangabad and Beed in Maharashtra. Apart from this, it is also the sole destination for people applying from Daman and Silvassa, which come under the Union Territory of Daman & Diu and Dadra &...

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  • chinese religious practices

    Penang Local Customs

    This year 2014 I make a date for the purpose for visiting the famous Chiew Jetty, Weld Quay offerings and prayers to the annual Emperor Jade of Haven for the first time. This traditional Chinese, especially the Hockkien from Fujian province in South China, still practice the annual offering during the 8 day, 1st month of the Chinese lunar...

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  • Culture

    Lahore Local Customs

    Well, it pretty much a well-known fact that women in Pakistan many times are expected to cover their heads...especially in mosques! But...here I was walking around the Badshai Mosque in Lahore and I saw several Pakistani women not covering their heads! I felt very confused...otherwise I would say it is a must in mosques...

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  • Islamaic Traditions

    Karachi Local Customs

    The "Feast of Sacrifice" and a fleeing animal lover's escape: This festival concludes the pilgrimage to Mecca ("Hajj"), begins on the 10th of the last month of the Islamic calendar & lasts for 3 days. The festival commemorates Abraham's willingness to obey God by sacrificing his only son. Any family that can afford it will buy a goat, sheep or...

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  • Visiting Temples and Shrines

    Kyoto Local Customs

    It's tradition but a lot of visitors of the temple miss this local custom! There is a covered fountain fronting the gate of the Ginkakuji Temple. The water fountain has a bamboo scooper where you can scoop the water to drink or to wash hands. Before entering the temple, a visitor should scoop the water and splash it on the ground close to the...

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  • Festivals

    Melaka Local Customs

    Merry Christmas from the Portuguese Village, one of the last places on earth where Kristang is still spoken! Malaysia's national Xmas celebration this year (with the King in attendance) is being held at this village today (Dec 26)!

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  • Don't Star at Women

    Islamabad Local Customs

    dont stare women They will kill u.just kidding Most of them dont know the english language but some do In these places u cant find nice and fancy restaurants cuz the local people over there have opened those restaurants and they are interested in the quality of food not on the outside look of the hotel. but the food is very delicious

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  • Religion & Beliefs

    Ko Samui Local Customs

    One of the things that I have never understood about travellers is their desire to break the rules, or guidelines of the local people. Out of respect to the people who look after this temple, and also the buddhists, please remove your shoes and wear non-revealing clothing. It is not too much to ask to do this, but please do be a respectful...

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  • Correct behaviour

    Chiang Mai Local Customs

    To take off your shoes is extremely important when visiting temples. At the massage rooms, it was also necessary to do so. It was even requested at one of the restaurant I went to. So, it is helpful to wear shoes/sandals which can easily be taken off.

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  • Bullfighting

    Hat Yai Local Customs

    Apparantly Hat Yai is one of the main centre for Bullfighting in Thailand. Many local people seem to have no problem with a variety of 'sports' that enable humans to use dumb defenceless animals for the questionable pleasure of being able to lay a bet or two. If you read on you will see it is very different to the 'sterotype' we have in our minds...

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  • Daily life

    Delhi Local Customs

    Indians love their motorbikes... I think is more of them than cars. In the morning whole family (4 ppl) will straddle motorbike to take them to their daly work or school. In the chaos which is Delhi traffic,the motorbike can navigate quite sucessfuly, so is widely used.

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  • Festivals

    Kathmandu Local Customs

    What a great time I had in Kathmandu with the Holi Festival. It is a public holiday and people are just enjoying themselves with water and coloured powders! You will be a mess if you join them on the streets (which you should do). So, old clothes are important and protect your camera if you take it with you. I was invited to join a family in the...

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  • Useful informations

    Phnom Penh Local Customs

    As most tourists know, it is not advised to drink anything but bottled water while in Cambodia. But the ice in country is actually made from filtered water and is therefore, supposedly safe to consume. The ice is transported in large blocks and on the back of carts as seen being loaded in the photo. But do beware, sometimes the blocks of ice are...

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  • etiquettes / behaviors

    Osaka Local Customs

    In the streets you will at some places see trees that are lighted at night, that looks quite funny and romantic. It has nothing to do with christmas, because we had been there in March. We had 3 nights in Osaka and each night I made some stroll through the city and always felt perfectely safe.

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  • While travelling in Hyderabad...

    Hyderabad Local Customs

    Most travellers dont realize that Hyderabad is a very conservative city due to the presence of Islam. I knew that it had deep roots with Islam but I had no idea that certain parts of the city were as conservative as they are. Most women dress in abayas and a majority of the them wear hijabs and veils. India is a place where travellers wear less...

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  • Medicine

    Xi'an Local Customs

    I've been sick in China once and went to a Chinese medicine shop. They doctor told me to open my mouth and asked the nurse what it looked like- he was pretty much blind. Then he prescribed some herbs to mix and make Chinese Medicinal Tea with. It tasted like arse but did the trick.

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  • Do not shake hand with women

    Naran Local Customs

    Do not shake hands with women as they do not like it. They would get away from you even if you try to talk with them. Don't even try to take their photograph as they feel offended and your camera might be taken away by their men. These men are very agressive and you might get in trouble so be aware.

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  • Hand Shakes & Hugs

    Peshawar Local Customs

    Meet people by shaking hands (not necessary for female foreiners). Tipping averages between 10 to 20% of the bill depending upon the service. Lady travellers should avoid travelling in shorts or any other brief outfits. Try to get a 'Shalwar Kamiz' (local dress). If you visit a place, take some candies for kids and the people will love you for...

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  • Dress Properly

    Nathia Gali Local Customs

    You must dress properly. Locals would not be happy if you not dress properly. Considering you as guest , they might not say any thing to you but in reality then feel very uncomfortable with that. You should cover your body parts. Sleeveless shirts and shorts are not welcomed at all.

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  • Clothing

    Pakistan Local Customs

    We were told not long after arrival in Pakistan that we should both wear shalwar kameez! Shorts are definitely not a good thing to wear, for men or women, and skirts, even long ones, make climbing in and out of tuk-tuks quite tricky (tuk tuk floors are a lot higher in Pakistan than in India I noticed!). We both finally bought shalwar kameez in...

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  • Do/Do Not!

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    The Book of Manners is being rewritten again. Is spitting cool or not? The answer is: it used to be but not anymore. At least this is how things look in Kowloon where old China with its smelly sidewalk markets is still very much alive. The contrary trend of high-density modernity must impose its own rules of cleanliness for the sake of popular...

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  • Dress codes

    Bangkok Local Customs

    In most Asian countries it's common to understand the remains of British influence, in the students' dress code. In Bangkok we saw a parade with students using traditional costumes and some uniformity, but not so rigorous and classical as in India, for instance. I don't know what they were celebrating, but they were a very happy crowd - maybe the...

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  • Souvenirs

    Singapore Local Customs

    Since Singapore is a Souvenir Shopper Paradise, Iget to choose on a variety of Shot glasses here since the shot glasses are another of my favorite collector fetishes when going to a place and since I did not buy a souvenir item the last time I was here in 1999, I must buy several never mind the price (I'm not a cheapskate hehehe). You can buy shot...

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  • Etiquette

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    When you meet a Malaysian, especially a Malay, the right way to shake hand is to offer both your hands and gently grip the other person's hand. He or she would definitely do the same. Of course, the Western way is mostly and widely accepted as Malaysians are very liberal and Westernised but it's just a guide of how Malaysian cultures are.

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  • Tradition

    Tokyo Local Customs

    The Buddhist religion has been observed in Japan since the Sixth Century and possibly earlier. About 70 percent of Japan's population claims to be Buddhist, but many are also Shinto, as the two religions have much overlap in beliefs. Buddhist temples are plentiful around Japan, and are primarily used to store sacred relics rather than as a place of...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Beijing Local Customs

    Lotus pods are found being sold by street vendors. I purchased this one at Huo Hai Lake. It was 10RMB for two. You definitely should inspect the pod, looking for seed shells that are empty. The way you eat this is to remove the seed from the pod. Then peel the seed. if you like you can split the seed to see the sprout inside. The lotus seed has a...

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  • Customs & Oddities

    Seoul Local Customs

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government has a program that names the city's most outstanding toilets of the year. As you sight see in the city, look for these bronze plaques reading "Seoul Best Toilet." You'll be glad you peed in one of these magnificent urinary attractions! And you thought your government wasted taxpayers money! This photo was taken...

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  • RELIGION

    Goa Local Customs

    It is well known that cows are sacred to Hindus, but knowing this didn’t really prepare me for some of the (to Western eyes) unusual sights we came across. Not only do cows wander freely on town and city streets as here, but also on the beach (photo 2). And the cows are very definitely in charge. Time and again we witnessed local drivers getting...

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  • Politics

    Ho Chi Minh City Local Customs

    Though Vietnam seems like any thriving capitalist city in asia, it is still a communist country by heart. You'll see propaganda pictures and policemen everywhere, even in places like Apocalypse Now ( A Happening Night Spot Frequented by Tourists and Yuppies) Needless to say , talking about politics is a no-no but asking about Uncle Ho is fine. The...

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  • CULTURE

    Mumbai Local Customs

    If you're travelling in India it's a good idea to wear khadi. This is the name for hand-spun and hand-woven cotton. It was a symbol of Gandhi's independence movement. But more importantly for the visitor it's the most comfortable thing you can wear in this country when the temperature rises. Ready-made khadi shirts and trousers (kurta/pyjama) can...

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  • Food Culture

    Penang Local Customs

    Those who travel around Penang, you should try out Penang Local food like Hokkien Mee, Laksa, Char Koay Teoh. This 3 is the top famous local food for penang. One of the restaurant had been operate for more then 30 years located at Island Glades, Genting Restaurant have all those 3 mentioned dish yet pretty delicious. On top of that, you can also...

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  • Shaking Hands with women

    Lahore Local Customs

    Pakistan is an Islamic state and men shaking hands with women is not apriciated however if the lady her self show her hand to greet than you may also shake hand but it is quite rare.It is better to say 'Salam' incase you cant say the complete greeting i.e, 'Aslam-u-aleakum' this act is considered as act of respect and honour towards women.

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  • Geisha and Maiko

    Kyoto Local Customs

    Geisha, also known in Kyoto as Geiko, are traditional hostesses and entertainers for Japanese men. They are perhaps best known for their elaborate kimonos and white face paint, though geisha apprentices, called maiko, more commonly wear the bright white paint. While many observers believe geisha are prostitutes, traditionally geisha and prostitutes...

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  • Religions

    Melaka Local Customs

    Shoes must be removed when you enter places of worship such as mosques and temples. In some mosques female visitors are expected to wear scarves. Taking photographs at places of worship is usually allowed but it is polite to ask for permission first It is also polite remove your shoes before entering a Malaysian home, The right forefinger should...

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  • Give Flowers as a Gift

    Islamabad Local Customs

    Flowers are expression of love. They show your care and respect for others. In last couple of years a new trend of giving bouquets to your friends and relatives on special events has started. You can say that in other words bouquets are expected on such events. There are two beautiful flower markets in Islamabad. These are located in Super Market...

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  • Language

    Ko Samui Local Customs

    As with any foreign country it is an advantage to learn some basic communication terms.In thai it is handy to know the following terms. Sa-wa-dee khap for males,Sa-wa-dee ka for females(hello or goodbye). Kap kun khap for males,kap kun ka for females(thank you). Other handy one`s are Cow jye my(do you understand) Cow jye(yes i do) My cow...

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  • Song Kran Festival

    Chiang Mai Local Customs

    Songkran Day has been celebrated as New Year's Day in the Thai solar calendar since ancient times. The date coincides with the day the sun leaves Pisces and enters Aries, usually falling on April 13 of each year. The word "Songkran" means a passage or course and refers to the position of the sun within the solar system. As the sun enters each of...

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