Things not to do in Armenia…
Poke the neighbours. Georgians and Armenians are good neighbours and share a similar alphabet and language; however, Azerbaijan and Turkey are different stories with the region of Nagorno-Karabakh (an Armenian Christian region lying entirely within Azerbaijan) a real bone of contention and the horrific 1915 Armenian genocide – perpetrated by the Ottoman government – not something to be easily forgotten. Be aware if you are thinking of visiting Nagorno-Karabakh, you won’t be allowed to enter Azerbaijan once you’ve stepped foot over the border.
Miss out on the hospitality. Armenians are an extremely hospitable and friendly bunch and although many of the minority groups living in rural villages won’t speak much English, a smile and a nod is often all that’s needed to get by. Lunches can be feast like with decorative flat breads, cheeses, salads, roasted meat, wine, brandy and meats wrapped in vine leaves often served outdoors at long tables or on massive picnic blankets.
Worry about visiting Armenia. Despite a few periodic spats on the borders there is absolutely no reason to be worried about coming to Armenia as, although conscious of their troubled heritage, Armenians are extremely welcoming and quite progressive in their outlook. A lot of people miss out on Armenia as they can’t work out whether it is part of Europe or Asia, the best advice is to treat it as neither and just come with an open mind.