Dos and Don´t
Indonesian Etiquette Guide.
Going abroad is full of amazing experiences, full and new perspetives. Too make your experiences colorful, you should consider some common pitfalls. What has a positive meaning in your environment, can have a opposite meaning in anohter culture and society.
- Some businesses dislike to bargain as restaurants and hotels. The prices are displayed and are fix.
- The most shops have no fix prices and your barging skills are required.
- Tipping is obligatory in Indonesia as service is not included in all prices.
- Leave a tip of 10-20% from the bill. Keep in mind, the average income from Indonesian are low and the tip makes a big part of the salary.
- Alcohol levels
- If you drive, remember that the permitted alcohol.
- Indonesia is a Muslim society and male-oriented, but most female visitors experience very few hassles with men.
- Blond-haired, blue-eyed women may be hassled more often than dark women.
- It is helpful if you dress modestly.
- It is impolite to refuse a gift.
- Gifts are not opened in the giver's presence except at a ceremony.
- Indonesians usually arrive thirty minutes after the stated time.
- Do not reject hospitality, as it will be viewed as a personal rejection.
- Never refuse food or drink, but never finish either completely.
- The host is always the last to sit and eat.
- Men are generally served first.
- Wait to be invited to eat or drink.
- The head is where the spirit resides and is considered sacred.
- Do not touch a person’s head.
- Keep both feet on the floor when sitting.
- Do not cross your legs, especially not with an ankle over the knee.
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