Social Life in Bhutan
The Bhutanese are somewhat conservative in most aspects of their lives partially
due to their Buddhist faith, which preaches modesty. The people are also somewhat
isolated so are not well aware of outside customs and traditions, meaning what you
may consider normal, may be interpreted as offensive by the Bhutanese. Fortunately,
curiosity often trumps offence in the country and the people are rarely outgoing
enough to question your poor behaviors.
Most importantly, try to be modest and respectful; in other words, avoid sensitive
conversation topics, such as politics, finances, religion, and business unless initiated
by your local counterpart. This is particularly true in regards to the government
as speaking out against the royal family or the political situation in the country
is frowned upon. Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or getting
noticeably drunk in public.
Although nearly everyone who visits Bhutan does so with a tour guide who will assist
you in how to act, if in the presence of Hindus be sure to avoid beef as cows are
sacred in Hinduism.