Going to Southeast Asia? My latest article for the spring 2016 issue of Canadian Traveller magazine details some need to know etiquette tips for Angkor Wat and other areas of this predominantly Buddhist region.
Do you know:
- … what to do — and not do — with your hands and feet?
- … how to interact with a monk?
- … what to be aware of with other people’s heads (such as those of the cute kids here)?
- … how to observe the Buddhist alms giving ceremony — tak bat — a highlight of visiting Luang Prabang, Laos?
- … what to wear, despite the heat, at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat?
It’s on newsstands now, but you can read my latest article, What do you mean, I can’t wear my tanktop at Angkor Wat? right here.
When you travel, you need to adapt to the place you’re in. None of us ever want to offend our hosts, but sometimes we do so unwittingly. In places that are different than home, we don’t always know all the etiquette rules about what is acceptable and what isn’t.
My article gives some easy to remember tips so you’ll make no faux pas in Southeast Asia.
Making an effort to fit in is a key part of responsible tourism. There’s lots of benefits, for example:
- you make the citizens of your host country more likely to welcome you;
- you reduce the risks of changing the local culture and economy for the worse;
- you stand out less as a tourist, so are less likely to be charged tourist prices or be a victim of street crime;
- plus, it just makes everything nicer for everyone!
What are your tips for visiting Southeast Asia?