Clothes to take to Thailand

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1. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Dear all, I have asked this question a few times but not really got the answer I have been looking for: Could you help?
I arrive in Bangkok on the 30 September and plan on staying for upto 12 months, I will be travelling alot so dont want to be carrying a load of stuff with me which will just hinder my travels.
What "clothes" wise should I bring? ie how much of each and what?
5 t-shirts or 15?
shorts, coat, jumper, 3/4 length pants and so on.......
I appreciate that everyone is different but would really appreciate any advice. Paul

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Ive have been only in Thailand for a few weeks but it is warm all year round if you are going to be there l would take only the basics, shorts, t shirts, sandals/footwear for walking, a waterproof jacket for the rains!; not really any need for a jumpers really. It is so cheap to buy clothing out there so you can pick up whatever you need.

I hope this helps in some small way!


3. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Paul,

I suggest you bring some good dress clothes. Casual wear here is super cheap. A couple pairs of nice pants maybe a pair of nice shoes as these are expensive here.

Thai men at night always wear long pants, dress shoes (no open toes) and nice shirt with a collar. T-shirt and shorts with sandles are fine for the daytime unless you are visiting a temple.
You will gain loads of respect from the Thai people when dressed properly.


4. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Shorts and t-shirts. Generally, it's hot from morning to night.

You may want to bring a long sleeve shirt in case it happens to get chilly, but I don't see a real need for sweaters or jackets. A light rain jacket or nylon jacket may help in case you get caught in the rain or a windy spell. However, when it rains it drys up quickly and stay warm. It's not like those dreary, damp rainy days infamous in London that dampens your soul.

If you are going to bring pants I would suggest to bring light packable hiking/outdoor pants. Columbia has some good products out there. Pants that have zip off legs are really helpful. The only reason you would where pants is for formal and respectful reasons. I can't see it ever being so cold you would need pants, unless you are going to the Northern hilltribes at the coldest time of year. Even then, you wouldn't need them during mid day.

This is hat I would suggest as bare eseentials:
2-3 pairs of thin lightweight pants (zip off legs are good)
2-4 pairs of shorts
2-3 short sleeve lightweight button-up shirts
1-2 long sleeve button-up shirt(s)
2-4 tank tops (if you plan to go to a beach area)
3-5 T-shirts
1 lightweight nylon or water resistent jacket
1 pair of good hiking/walking shoes
1 pair of good hiking style sandals
1 pair of flip flop style sandals
Couple of hats or bandanas

Maybe a golf style t-shirt with a collar but that could get hot. That would be more for formal reasons. I would go with a short sleeve shirt instead. Also, maybe a long sleeve t-shirt if you plan to go up to the Northern Hills.

If you are going for that long, plan to take more and layer clothes if need be rather than carry heavy items "just in case."

By the way, you canget your clothes cleaned rather inexpensively and quickly. Any hotel or hostels can help you with that.

5. Posted by MazDev (Budding Member 52 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Usual people are always traveling with to much clothes.

I would suggest, that you take 5 sets (t-shirt, pants, underwear) with you.

5 sets will get you over the next 5 days. And Laundry is cheap and fast in Thailand.

Additional 1 good set, you never know and get invited to a wedding or something else.

1 Sweater or light jacket.

Cold nights in Aircon Buses or train you can overcome with taking something like a Beach cloth with you. (This you can buy every where in Thailand)