Etiquette

Indonesia is a pretty relaxed place, but there are a few rules of etiquette.

Body language Use both hands when handing somebody something. Don’t show displays of affection in public or talk with your hands on your hips (it’s seen as a sign of aggression).

Clothing Avoid showing a lot of skin, although many local men wear shorts. Don’t go topless if you’re a woman at any pool or beach.

Photography Before taking photos of someone, ask – or mime – for approval.

Places of worship Be respectful in sacred places. Remove shoes and dress modestly when visiting temples and mosques.