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Indonesians will frown if you use your left hand during handshakes or even handing over payment – no kidding!

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With the rise of budget travel, Southeast Asia is the port of call for many a backpacker or holidaymaker.

But despite the wealth of knowledge online, even seasoned travelers will fall foul of local customs and offed hosts with unthinkable social faux pas.

Did you know in Indonesia – yes, the country famous for Bali and Lombok – when communicating using both hands, you will have to express yourself with just your right hand.

Regina Luce, a user on online forum Quora, said it is considered impolite to use your left hand when dealing with others, such as during handshakes or handing over payments.

“’Left-handed people are somewhat rare in this part of the world, but if you happen to be one of them and are absolutely uncomfortable using your right hand, giving a little ‘excuse me’ when you’re accidentally/using your left hand should suffice,” she said.

Another Quora user said touch is also an important boundary to be aware of. Raska Soenmantoro said visitors shouldn’t be offended if their handshake is rebuffed or if someone recoils at any attempt to hug them.

“Indonesians do not like to be touched. The farthest thing you can ever do with an acquaintance/friend is to shake their hands or do a high five. Hugs are fine when you are already very close to them,” he said.

So now you know.

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