1. Respect cultural differences Local customs, traditions and values may be different from your own. Take the time to learn what behavior is acceptable and what isn’t.
2. Learn a few phrases Take the time to learn about the country you are visiting. Learning about the customs and a few words in the local language can go a long way and is appreciated by the local people. It also makes your interactions more meaningful and memorable.
3. Save ‘face’ A very important concept in Asia. Try not to raise your voice, embarrass someone or display anger. Smile – the traveler who wishes to have a happy and successful trip in Asia should stay calm, cheerful and friendly.
4.Dress respectfully Be sensitive and aware of local standards. Covered thighs and shoulders are expected in most of Asia. Dress modestly at all religious sites (you usually need to take your shoes off) and check what is suitable for the beach.
5.Support local businesses Make use of local services (hotels etc.) and eat in local restaurants. Not only will your experience of the culture be greater, you are directly supporting the people.
6.Respect wildlife & endangered species Viewing animals from a safe distance is fine; touching, feeding , or cornering them is not. Do not buy products that exploit wildlife, aid in habitat destruction, or come from endangered species.
7.Take photos with care Always ask permission to take photos of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take a photo, offer to send copies back to them and make sure to follow through with your promise. If your subject wants immediate compensation in return for the photo taken, offering a piece of fruit or food, or a souvenir from your home are ways to do it.
8.Giving gifts Royal Mountain Travel highly discourages offering money to people begging on the streets. Parents often send their children out into the streets, since a child can make more than their parents make begging on the street. This promotes further dependency and encourages more parents to send out their children. Instead, we would suggest offering a piece of food or fruit. Perhaps you could offer postcard from your home, or a small pin etc.
9.Do not litter and reduce waste This is one time when the old adage “When in Rome, do as the Romans” doesn’t apply. Even if you see a local person littering, set an example and dispose of your garbage appropriately. Recycling is extremely limited or non-existent in most developing countries, so avoid products with excess packaging; opt for beverages in glass bottles as they tend to be re-used.