Etiquette

  • Greetings When entering shops, restaurants, or when stopping to ask for directions, be sure to always greet people first. Politeness goes a long way in The Gambia.
  • Right vs Wrong As in other Islamic countries, the left hand is considered unclean (and reserved for bathroom business). Use the right hand when passing money to people, accepting change, shaking hands, etc. If you're eating with your hands, use only the right hand.
  • Dress Code It's fine to wear a bikini on the beach, but it is considered inappropriate to walk around town in skimpy clothing. Women should cover their shoulders, keep cleavage hidden and wear below-the-knee dresses; men shouldn't go topless.