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

Tajikistan culture photo

Photo by Koshyk

Tajikistan is a somewhat conservative society. Women should be fairly modest in public, but head coverings and burkahs are exceptions and not the norm. Although some Tajiks can be extremely friendly, it is not uncommon for people to be equally rude. While this is a Persian-speaking country, do not expect the red carpet treatment that tourists receive in Iran and Afghanistan.

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

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

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