Thailand is one of the most unique countries in Southeast Asia. It boast itself as the only country in the continent that was never colonized by any western or European power. Because of this, the country was able to keep its very unique and important traditions. With this, when visiting this wonderful country, we have to consider how to behave and dress in Thailand. Dressing appropriately is important in Thailand when visiting important and religious sites.
You may also consider the weather at this part of the world. It is often warm, if not hot and humid. So what would you pack for a trip to Thailand. Here are some suggestion:
Sarong or a ankle-length skirt – ladies, this is necessary when visiting Buddhist temples and other important places such as the summer palace called Bang-Pa. Some places even require men to wear sarong when entering the building. Shorts are not allowed when visiting temples. You may not have to wear this all the time but its best to have it on hand. If not, you can purchase sarongs from local vendors for about 100Bhat to 200Bhat.
Sandals or easily-removable shoes – When visiting temples in Thailand, you are required to remove your shoes before entering the building When visiting temples, you are required to leave your shoes at the door, literally. Make sure you bring and wear one you can easily take off your feet.
Tops with sleeves – When visiting temples people will not be admitted if they wear sleeveless shirts and tops or anything that exposes your shoulders. If you do not want to bring “sleeved” tops and shirts, be sure to bring a large scarf or shawl to cover your shoulders. This can be removed after visiting the temple.
Sunscreen – did I mention Thailand is often warm, if not hot and humid? Protect yourself by wearing sunscreen wear your skin is expose to the sunlight. Most of the sights and things to do in Thailand are outdoors.
Hat – another way of sun protection. A straw hat or baseball cap or visor is ideal. However, you will be asked to remove this when entering temples and important sites. Pack something light and packable.
Sunglasses – the sun can easily damage your eyesight. It is sunny in Thailand from around November/December to April/June. Be sure to protect your eyesight from harsh light.