On the whole, Vietnam is still a conservative country. You can show your respect for Vietnam’s culture by adopting the local way of doing things while you’re here. When visiting a temple or pagoda, make sure your legs and shoulders are covered and your hat is off. When entering someone’s home, don’t forget to take off your shoes! This will be greatly appreciated by your host, showing them you respect the cleanliness of their space. As well, each Vietnamese home and business has an altar that’s a place of regular worship. Take care not to block or leave things in front of the altar, as we Vietnamese feel this is not respectful to our ancestors and spirits.