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"Touching" Bali Local Custom Tip by corsakti

Bali Local Customs: 251 reviews and 398 photos

In Bali it is common for men to touch eachother in very familiar ways. It is very normal to see male friends holding hands, walking down the street arm-in-arm or with their arms around eachothers shoulders. It is also commonly seen that friends often greet eachother by cupping the others genitals! This may seem surprising to many Westerners but its just a friendly hello!

In contrast, it is considered bad form for people of the opposite gender to touch eachother in loving or familiar ways such as these. Public displays of affection between male & female couples, even if married, are generally frowned upon.

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  • Updated Jul 26, 2004
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