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

Suriname culture photo

Photo by Voice of Guyana

Be respectful when taking photographs. Like everywhere else, one should respect the environment and the culture. For example the inland-people consider certain trees and spots holy and it is likely you need consent before taking a photograph. Your local guide will usually also indicate so. Ask for consent when you think it is appropriate as you would anywhere else.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Suriname, 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 Suriname food and drinks:

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

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