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

Uzbekistan culture photo

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In Uzbekistan, and in Central Asia in general, elderly people are greatly respected. Always treat the elderly with great respect and be deferent to them in all situations. Also be polite with females. Traditionally it is not welcomed to flirt openly with women. If you are a male and there is an option to address a male with a question instead of a female, do so.

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

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

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