Money changes hands at a market in Lombok, Indonesia. In Indonesia, the left hand is traditionally the one used to clean yourself after going to the toilet. Photo: Alamy
Jason Hung
Opinion

Opinion

Jason Hung

Why visitors to Indonesia should avoid using their left hand – it may cause offence

  • Shaking hands, offering a gift, giving or receiving something, eating, pointing or touching someone in Indonesia? You’d better not use your left hand
  • Why? It’s the one traditionally used to clean yourself after going to the toilet; however, as tourism increases, people are becoming more understanding
Money changes hands at a market in Lombok, Indonesia. In Indonesia, the left hand is traditionally the one used to clean yourself after going to the toilet. Photo: Alamy
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