Dress Code for Temples, Bangkok

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    Covering up

    by clueless83 Written Mar 6, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're planning to go to any temples, the Grand Palace in particular, make sure you bring some lightweight clothing that covers your shoulders and legs. When I went to the Grand Palace I wore light combat trousers which I was able to roll up to the knee while walking around the city and down to my ankle when in the palace. I took a sarong to wrap around my shoulders in the palace but they wouldn't let me in so I had to hire a horrible baggy shirt that made me sweat so much in my life (and just think about all those other people who have sweated in the shirt!) Gross! Ladies - bring a kaftan!!!

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    Zip-off pant legs.

    by irvbur Updated Mar 23, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're planning to visit any Buddist Temple (why else would you go?) it's a good idea for men to bring zip-off pants/shorts. They don't allow shorts, and it's too hot to wear long pants during the day. I wish I did it sooner.

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    dress sensibly for the temples

    by richiecdisc Written Aug 12, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A backpack makes navigating busy Bangkok streets a tad easier.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light weight long pants/skirts are essential for temples and its best to cover your shoulders too. This goes for men and women.

    Photo Equipment: You'll need a wide angle to get bigger than life buildings like the Grand Palace in.

    Miscellaneous: A great travel partner like D comes in handy.

    D's first trip to Southeast Asia, all smiles
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    by xiquinho Written Nov 7, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bangkok is a big city though, so it's wise not to try and pack in too much, especially as the humidity can be tiring. The key thing to remember in Bangkok is the need to dress appropriately when visiting sites venerated by Thais, such as royal palaces and Buddhist temples. Shorts, short sleeves, short skirts and sarongs do not cut the mustard and admittance may be refused and offence almost certainly taken.

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  • Soft sleeveless for the hot Bangkok!

    by yen_2 Written Mar 5, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a small luggage if you want to buy in Bangkok since you will find this place cheap when you get here.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear soft sleeveless shirts and shorts for sightseeings. Bring your favorite and comfortable sandal. But in going to palaces you have to dress properly. Dress code is properly imposed though.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are english pharmacies and english hospitals in Bangkok and have excellent facilities. Most of the private hospitals, wealthy Thai families go. Drop-in visits are welcome and are not expensive. Expect 200-600 baht($8-$12).

    Photo Equipment: Bring digi cams, cameras, video cams. There are alot of sightseeings that are worth a visit and that you need to have your souvenier pix!

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    by joiedevivre Updated Sep 14, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ABOUT YOUR PACKING LIST

    Your clothes should match with :

    The weather

    . the hot season (March/May).
    Cotton clothes will do. Avoid all kind of polyester materials.

    . the rainy season (June/October)
    Only umbrellas will make the difference.

    . the fresh season (November/February).
    It will not be that cold for you but don't be surprised to see woollen clothes sold in local markets. A sweater can be useful in the evening.

    Your activities

    Whether you are going for a trekking, a boat trip, a party, always think about what are the most practical clothes to wear. But for a visit in a temple, only long pants/shirts/skirts/dresses are accepted.

    For the backpackers, good shoes and comfortable clothes should be the priority.

    Anyway, don't overcharge yourself with clothes because you can find all kind of clothes here for a cheap price.

    As the Thai people are very neat, you should be the same as a guest in their country.

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    by chngbw Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Jus pack a small bag there because u can get really cheap luggage and bags over at BKK [MBK shopping ctr, Patpong or Chatuchak weekend market] to store all your shopping harvest!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack a combination of bermudas and pants. If u intend to visit the Grand Palace, do dress appropriately. No shorts, short skirts, bermudas, fisherman's pants, sleeveless clingy tank tops/singlet. Otherwise u'll hafta rent a pants or a long skirt at the entrance.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring anti-diarrhoea tablets and lotsa tissue papers.

    Photo Equipment: Very few places sell lithium batteries. A roll of film sold at tourist spots cost about 50B more than those sold in the shopping centres.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunglasses is recommended for there are not many shady places along the streets during the day. I personally don't believe in getting counterfeit sunglasses as the UV quality of the lens is often questionable. So try to get a sunglasses in your home country before going there for imported stuff in Thailand is much more expensive!!

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    by jrs1234 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Men - a pair of lightweight long trousers.
    Women - a lightweight long skirt or dress.

    This will get you into temples and palaces without a fuss and stop you looking totally like a tourist! If you forget to bring the right clothing, though, don't worry - it's very cheap to buy here.

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    by Dreks Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: 1] Trolley Luggage
    Bangkok lures every visitor to do shopping for gifts, souvenirs, and personal clothing and accessories with its price ranging from affordable to cheap! Your trolley is your best convenient companion to put your stuff in on your way home.

    2] Backpack

    If you intend to visit several temples and tourist spots in a single day, you should bring along a backpack where you can conveniently put and carry your bottled water, foods/snacks, maps, and souvenir items along the way.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1] Thin T-shirts and pants.

    Bangkok has a scorching heat especially felt when visiting large temples and the Grand Palace. Wearing thin clothing cools you a bit even by just fanning yourself with your map. White T-shirts are better as they seem not to absorb the sun's heat.

    2] Sandals/Rubber Shoes/Sneakers/Slippers

    Wear something that is most comfortable with your feet, preferably those with cushion as you will have a lot of walking to do. For rubber shoes, slip-ons are better because they are easy to wear and remove when required in some areas in the temple.

    3] Hat/Sunglass/Handkerchiefs

    These are your best buddies against intense heat!

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    by Billy_26 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: When I travel I always take my Backpak which zips up and becomes a suitcase. Great when you go thru customs cause it looks just that little bit more respectable - (do we really care)-now I can't get that song outta my head - you've gotta be respectable, respectable.
    The pak I've got also has a zip off daypack, good to take on the plane to store your most valuable bits in & for day trips.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take as little as possible.
    I always like to take a few pairs of shorts that I feel comfy in & a pair of long cotton trousers & a long shirt, a T-shirt & Singlet top, that's about it. Your own underwear is a must pack item and also bathing gear. Don't take anything white - best to stick to darker colours (less washing, he, he) as you can get rather grubby. Throw in a lightweight jacket, hat, sunnys & slip on shoes (sandles/thongs).
    If you plan to visit the Grand palace or other sacred places pack a pair of shoes that conceal your toes too.
    If you are larger than a size 10 take a few extra clothes. Although there is a lot of cheap copy designer clothing ie nike, quicksilver, billabong most of it is one size (size 8-10)- men's T-shirts can be the way to go. You can however get good buys on traditional clothing - baggy cottons, nice and cool over there.
    As I said you can get T-Shirt over there and they are very cheap - singlet tops are nice and comfy and tend to be in bigger sizes too.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A Medical Kit is a MUST - the smallest cut can get easily infected and I know this from first hand experience. An infection can set you back days if not treated straight away.
    Take some alcohol swabs to clean wounds, anteseptic cream, cotton swabs & tape(can be expensive to buy there), bandaids.
    Take a roller bandage in a freezer bag then if you have a nasty fall/accident pack the bag with ice and bandage it on -good for niggly ankles, bike falls etc.
    Take lots of suncream,lip balm & DEET strength mozzie repellant, very expensive there.
    Panadol for those late nights/early mornings.
    Some gear to fix Thai Belly is important too.

    Miscellaneous: A Sarong can be a great item to pack - it has many a use.
    Bedding, to keep off the sun, to wear around the pool.

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    by rebibi Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotton blouses, shorts, comfortable shoes to walk around easily.
    Don't forget to wear long pants and protect your shoulders when entering a temple!

    Miscellaneous: If you happen to visit a school (especially in the northern part of Thailand) try to get in touch with a school teacher. They always need stylos and paper for the children!

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    It is hot

    by PierreZA Written Mar 29, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Enough to fill with all the shopping!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As light as possible - cottons (not T-shirts)
    When visiting temples, shoes which can easily be removed

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock

    Photo Equipment: Lots of photography possible

    Ornamentation in a Temple

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    by tierneyli Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring clothes as 'short' as you can, but dont forget to bring one relatively formal suit for visiting some temples and the royal palace!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring something can help you to dispel mosquitos!

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