Any time you visit a foreign country, you need to respect the local culture, customs and laws to ensure a smooth trip. No place is just like home, and so you need to be aware of and sensitive to any differences. The former British colony of Singapore is Asia’s contemporary cosmopolitan city-state, so you might think you’ll have an easy time adapting to its local ways. However, there are a couple of rules, quirks and taboos to keep in mind so as not to offend anyone, or worse, end up with legal problems. Having diverse Chinese, Malaysian and Indian influences just adds to its complexity. Singapore’s strict, conservative reputation might make you think it’s a dull town, but it’s actually a fascinating nation full of color, contrasts and flavors that are worth exploring. Just keep these dos and don’ts in mind while enjoying a visit there. Click the video to see 15 things NOT to do when in Singapore.