Like anywhere you travel, taboos are very important. It helps you either to win people’s heart or to make them hate you.

It is best to call to people in a quiet voice, using their names preceded by Mr, Mrs, or Miss. Waving or beckoning with an upturned finger is considered highly impolite. If you must silently signal for someone to come toward you, do so by using the whole hand with the palm turning down. Not to do so would indicate an air of authority or superiority over the person you call or beckon.

Never touch anyone on the head as this would be a personal insult to the individual and perhaps even to his ancestors. In fact, many Vietnamese believe the spirit resides there. Hence, the belief that if a person is beheaded, his spirit will roam forever without finding a resting place. Also, don’t touch anyone on the shoulder. In general, some people believe that a genie resides there and it is undesirable to disturb him. If you mistakenly touch one shoulder, you must also touch the other shoulder. In this case, touching both shoulders helps offset the bad luck.

Other Popular Customs, Traditions And Rites In Vietnamese Daily Life

Greeting People
Confusing Personal Traits of Vietnamese
Superstitions, Very Popular In Vietnam & Asia
Hospitality, Different Way (Oriental)
Marriage, Wedding
Pregnancy And Birth

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