Turkmenistan

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  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • Locals are conservative so do not hug or kiss in public. --Priya
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  • Taking pictures of government buildings is not allowed --Priya
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  • Turkmens are the only people in Central Asia that don’t eat horse meat. So you better not ask them for it. --Priya
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  • In Turkmenistan you will find a small table with a very low-height for eating and a table cloth get spread over it. Make sure not to step on it. --Priya
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  • Do not point your feet toward the food. --Priya
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  • Don’t travel to “restricted zones” and border areas with Iran, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan without prior permission from the government. --Priya
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  • It's a hoodoo to whistle in the building it's believed that it would bring financial crisis. --Priya
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  • Do not throw the hat on the floor. --Priya
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  • Do not smoke... Smoking is a big no-no in all public areas, including the streets. However, you can find some restaurants and cafes where smoking is allowed. --Priya
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  • Don’t forget to shake hands when greeting and departing (same sex). --Priya
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  • A simple nod of acknowledgement is common at first meeting between women and men, wait for the woman to extend her hand for the handshake. --Priya
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  • Don’t forget young unmarried women have two braids along with a small scarf. Married women have a single braid. This is common sense so do not ask further questions.... --Priya
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  • Take off your shoes before entering any holy place or anyone's house. --Priya
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  • If someone invites you to dinner do not forget to bring gifts like cake or some sweets. --Priya
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  • When visiting someone's house you would be offered bread, it's rude to decline it straightforwardly so break it and have a bite before leaving. --Priya
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  • You should break the bread with both hands --Priya
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  • Don’t enter a taxi without negotiating or agreement on the price in advance. --Priya
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  • Do praise the quality of the food. It is a compliment to the husband of the house and to those in the kitchen. --Priya
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  • Leave some food on your plate, don’t eat it all. --Priya
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