Do's and Don'ts in the Vietnam

Vietnam Etiquette Tips

1. Table Manners

DO hold your rice bowl in your hand when eating (also use chopsticks). It’s considered lazy to eat from the rice bowl on the table.
DO let the older people sit first.
DON'T play with your chopsticks.

2. Tipping

DON'T expect a tip is necessary. If you like the food in a restaurant or your taxi driver is really kind/helpful, you can give a tip.

3. Body Gestures

DON'T touch anyone on the shoulder or head.
DON'T point with your finger, use your hand.

4. Greetings

DO use both hands when giving something to someone.
DON'T shake with both hands and bow slightly upon meeting someone.

5. Business Meetings

DO know Vietnamese are very punctual. They expect you to be punctual as well.
DO make an appointment in advance.
DON'T be surprised when everybody is silent during a meeting. That generally means someone disagrees, but doesn’t want to lose face.

6. Gift Giving and Accepting Gifts

DO give gifts. It’s always the man who gives the woman a gift.
DON'T give handkerchiefs. This symbolizes a sad farewell.
DO give colorfully wrapped gifts.
DON'T open wrapped gifts upon receiving.
Enjoy your trip to Vietnam!

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