We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in

Kyrgyzstan culture photo

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Western norms of respect are standard. Though nominally a Muslim country the Kyrgyz people are highly westernized. No special dress codes are in effect. Although standards of dress in Bishkek are Western and often revealing, in the south of the country women would be advised to dress more conservatively or risk attracting unwanted male attention. Evenings can be charged as alcohol intoxication can be quite prevalent at this time. Proceed with caution.

 

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Kyrgyzstan, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Kyrgyzstan food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Kyrgyzstan and No miss drinks in Kyrgyzstan.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Kyrgyzstan? Please comment below.