Observing and interacting with people from different cultures is part of what makes travel exciting. This is especially true in the Far East, which is home to a diverse range of people, cultures and customs – many of which may be new to Western travellers. But you don’t need to complete a course on cultural differences to enjoy your travels in Asia. All you have to do is be patient, respectful and have a good sense of humour.
That said, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. If you know when and where to expect certain cultural differences, you won’t bat an eyelid when you encounter them. You’ll also have a better idea of how to get along with local people, without accidentally causing offence.
Want to find out more about the cultural differences between Asia and Europe? We’ve grouped them into three categories – greetings, gifts and food – to break it all down.