myself and my girlfriend are planning to visit Thailand in Jan 2005 and we were concerned about what she should wear. Is it a case of just covering up when we visit temples etc or are mini skirts, vest tops out of the question entirely. I understand the islands and beaches wont be so bad but what about bangkok and chang mai.
Andy, I went to Thailand in Dec/2002. I didn't have any troubles with my dressing.
When getting into some temples (like the main one in Bangkok) they offer skirts and blouses if yours don't have sleeves (for men and women). In others, you can only enter with clothes that covers below the knees and also shirts with sleeves. That's all they ask...don't have to cover up neither wear skirts or anything like it...
Have a nice trip, that place is BEATIFUL!!!
p.s.: in Bangkok don't miss the Chinatown, very interesting place, if you like seeing exotic foods and things..
my g/f and i go to thailand every year she feels comfortable in vest and skirts in bkk no prob only have too cover up if going into temples that includes men long trousers long sleeved shirts no sandals as for the rest everything fine go and enjoy youselves its a brilliant place so much to see and do just not enough time will be arriving in bkk ourselves on 29/12/2005 then moving down to pattaya so might even see you there have a good 1
Light cloths is ok for going around town both Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Proper attire is required only when you enter temple and palace. Even there is some cloths for rent but it's better that you prepare yourself.
You know when will you visit the temple, don't you? Yeah...so there is no problem on that.
Usually, temples and palaces require visitors, especially women, to wear a bit more proper clothes. Also, at some restaurant, especially those ones with "style" may say "sorry, the tables are all booked" if you show up in vest, shorts and sandles or slippers. So, better prepare and bring some "smart" clothes.
Tank tops are okay when out and about but most Thai women dress modestly here. (No shorts, no belly shirts, skirts at least close to the knee.) For one, its low class to do otherwise for them and they most definately do not want to be mistaken for a prostitute.
I cringe when I see farang girls in half shirts. For some reason even I think its disrespectful. A female friend of mine was mistaken for a Russian prostitute a few times when she wore tighter clothing.
It isn't anything to be too worried about but I think that it feels better not to stick out more than a farang already does here.
I use to live and study in Thailand back in college and graduate school. I visit Thailand almost every year playing golf especially during the winter months when the USA is cold as hell. Thai woman usually wear modest-respectable clothings. Clothings that shows a lot of skin especially certain body parts only reflects badly on the woman. Wearing such items of clothing and going places alone by herself would not be safe. I almost guarantee she'll get rape.
A friend of mine was raped in BKK while venturing off on her own when we were studying at Chula University in BKK back in 1996.
Good luck...have fun and stay safe.
I'll be in Thailand vacationing from November 27, 2004 to January 27, 2005. If you need someone to show you guys around contact me.
Hi there, when I travelled Asia, and especially Thailand 20 years ago now, we actually wore clothing similar to the locals as it works in the heat to start with and it follows their code of ethics without the guess work and that is a simple sarong as a skirt, and a top with sleeves,
you will only need a compact umbrella then for the downpours !
One thing you should obseve is: no open-toed sandals in the temples. It's considered disrespectful to point your feet at someone.
Most important thig to remember: attitude matters, and people appreciate your attempts to show respect.