I have read in some guides that women must cover their shoulders chest and their legs in Thailand. Im not planning on walking round nearly naked but I reckon Im going to be boiling!! Can women wear tshirts or do they have to cover their arms too?? Also I have shorts which go just above mt knee (theyre not exactly hotpants!) would these be ok? Im quite tall for a girl and find it had buying shorts that go below my knee!
The ladies will give better advice than I can, but I will offer a few words. Certainly at all the beach resorts and the tourist cities, shorts & t-shirts are fine. After all, it is hot, so visitors do dress casually.
It is at the wats, temples, palace, museums, nice restaurants that being more modest would be wise. All the guide books have a section on what to wear when visiting temples, etc.
Good luck with your planning.
[ Edit: Edited on 23-Mar-2009, at 16:45 by vegasmike6 ]
Baring skin to cool down is a Western concept. Most people from hot climates cover up. Around places like Bangkok, covering up also blocks the grime.
That said, you will be fine wearing modest shorts and short sleeved tees, although a loose fitting blouse might be cooler.
Going bra-less would be a bad idea. That's a real attention getter here!
Just remember that you will be treated as your appearance seems to merit.
Just as Curt said, i had no problem wearing shorts/skirt and a sleeveless top. In Bangkok especially youll find thousands of young Thai women wearing the same thing, even real mini skirts and showing cleavage. Outside of Bangkok i did find the local women dressing more conservatively. In the south in non-tourist Muslim areas i think its a better idea to cover-up more. Yes, wear a bra, my Thai friend said that's very important for womans respectability.