Dos and donts

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Vietnamese are perhaps the most ardent peace lovers in the world. They have longstanding tradition of hospitality and respect for guests. In return, there are things you are expected to do or not in order to keep your journey smooth and enjoyable:

- Do expect that you are warmly- welcomed and always will be.
- Do try to explore their way of life and their patterns of thinking. Your efforts to get some insights of Vietnamese culture- language, art, traditions, values and beliefs, etc will be highly recognized. By this way, you will deserve the warmest welcome and the best treatment from locals.
- Never get too excited, and especially not to speak too loud. This behavior results in losing face to the other party.
- Never touch the heads (even the children); this gesture is considered an insult. Do not bend up your finger to call someone.
- When sitting, avoid pointing your foot at anyone.
- In places of worship, dress carefully (shoulders and legs covered), take off your shoes upon entering and talk in whispers, never touch the interiors and artifacts
- Always ask for permission before taking a picture of someone.
- Avoid showing affection in public.
- Respect elder people and greet them with a llight bow, handshake is customary with others
- Take off our shoes to enter a house or apartment and do not come without being invited.
- Vietnamese people rarely opens their gifts in front of you, do not be offended by this practice because it is a sign of politeness on their part.