Gustave Flaubert once said “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” And he was right. Travel does open one's eyes to the culture and traditions of a place. However, some travellers’ habits at home may rub locals in another country the wrong way. What is acceptable to you may not be acceptable to someone else, especially when you are in a foreign country.
Here are 5 travel faux pas not to make when you are in these countries:
Malaysia: Do not point
South Africans use our forefinger quite a lot, especially when directing someone to the nearest local attraction. But, locals in Malaysia consider finger pointing rude.Try not to use your forefingers (use your thumb instead) when ordering off a menu or getting directions. Also, avoid touching people on their head as the top part is considered sacred in their culture.
Thailand: Do not insult the royal family