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

Papua New Guinea culture photo

Photo by Voyages Lambert

As in many Melanesian cultures, greeting people with a friendly handshake is very important. Be aware, however, that it is a sign of respect not to make eye contact. The sight of hotel staff calling you by name, shaking your hand and looking at the floor may seem unusual at first.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Papua New Guinea, 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 Papua New Guinea food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Papua New Guinea and No miss drinks in Papua New Guinea.

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