I will be travelling around Thailand between 1st October – 31st October and was wondering if I could find out what types of clothes to bring during my stay there. Don’t want to pack too much and don’t really want to pack too little. So if anyone who has been, or lives there, can give me any suggestions. I will be going to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, Chang Rai, Phuket and Krabi.
I will obviously be hiting the clubs so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Most backpackers wear beach shorts and t-shirts to go out in Thailand. I personally tend to wear jeans, especially down on the islands as I don't like getting bitten, but a lot of people think this is weird and don't understand how I can bear being so hot. Beach shorts are far more common than jeans.
I would recommend traveling light and taking only a few clothes with you, as there are loads of markets in Bangkok selling cheap clothes. Chiang Mai also has some good bargains at the night market.
I wear long pants and a nice shirt on the plane. All the rest are: shorts, t-shirts, sandals. Take very little. You can buy anything you may need for small money. You will want a 'Phuket' & 'Krabi' t-shirt anyway, don't bring very many with you. I take 2 pair of shorts, buy another if you want to update your wardrobe. Pack light is my best advice.
Around Bangkok, most backpackers wear shorts and tees. Most Thais wear long pants, unless they are street people or spending the day indoors. Bottom line is that you will be accepted as your appearance seems to merit. Beachwear is for the beach!
Bearing skin is a Western thing. Most people will cover up from the elements.
As far as what to bring, unless you are a huge person, clothing that suits the neighborhood is available for little money. You can see what people wear and buy accordingly. Many people will come to Thailand and stock up for home.
I always suggest that one carries a bandana. Napkins and hand towels are not always available when needed.
Don't worry too much about forgetting anything. Bangkok will have just about anything you might need.
Take absolute minimum and buy what you need when you get there. - it cheap and a lot of clothes bought outside Thailand - even summer clothes - are too hot and heavy for the Thai climate.