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  • iwillfly525

    Joined Travelfish
    13th February, 2006
    Location United States
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    The travel books make the dress in Laos seem rather conservative. I have a couple questions on what it is really like because I thought the guide books for other countries have made the dress seem more conservative than it really was. Buy no means do I dress like a hooker and I always carry a long sleeve shirt with me that I put on when going into temples. I tend to wear skirts that come just past my knees. I have been told at temples in Thailand that I need to be in a skirt that goes to my ankles or pants. Is this a problem in Laos? I like to wear tank tops or spaghetti strap tops. But none of them are low cut. I will be in Luang Prabang, 2 villages on a tour from there (not sure which ones), and Vientiane. I don’t care if people stare at me (as a blonde living in Japan, I’m use to that). But I don’t want to offend anyone or draw attention to myself that will make me a target for a violent crime. Any advice from someone who has been there would be great.

    #1 Posted: 24/2/2006 - 20:20

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  • fsnyc

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    24th February, 2006
    Posts: 4

    Laos is truly conservative about dress (more than Thailand). Long pants or long skirt is recommended.

    #2 Posted: 24/2/2006 - 23:54

  • newboy

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    1st February, 2006
    Posts: 3

    dressing appropriately will gain you more respect than showing bare arms and any 'leg'. the lao people are usually too polite to say anything though. does depend where you are though. the 'traveller' spots like vang vien u can wear whatever.

    #3 Posted: 26/2/2006 - 15:09

  • iwillfly525

    Joined Travelfish
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    Total reviews: 5

    Thanks for the help so far. I’ll be wearing pants and long sleeves when we are in the villages because its part of a hiking tour. In the cities I can deal with wearing ankle length skirts or jeans. As for shirts, is around elbow length (ie. T-shirts) ok? Or do I need to wear long sleeves? I don’t want to offend anyone, but I also want to dress as cool as possible. Thanks for help and sorry for so many questions, I just have a bad habit of packing all the wrong clothes.

    #4 Posted: 3/3/2006 - 19:20

  • iwillfly525

    Joined Travelfish
    13th February, 2006
    Location United States
    Posts: 50
    Total reviews: 5

    Thanks for the help so far. I’ll be wearing pants and long sleeves when we are in the villages because its part of a hiking tour. In the cities I can deal with wearing ankle length skirts or jeans. As for shirts, is around elbow length (ie. T-shirts) ok? Or do I need to wear long sleeves? I don’t want to offend anyone, but I also want to dress as cool as possible. Thanks for help and sorry for so many questions, I just have a bad habit of packing all the wrong clothes.

    #5 Posted: 3/3/2006 - 19:21

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