I have a packing query for you all...
I'm doing a 4 month trip throughout SE Asia and will be spending some time hiking/treking in northern Vietnam and outside of the Chiang Mai area...also some hiking in Burma. I'll be in that region of the world late Sept/Oct/Nov. Would you suggest a light coat such as a fleece lined wind shell?
I'm debating it's use right now as I sit in Japan's hottest prefecture drenched in sweat.
Suggestions on warmth necessities appreciated!
#1 heddenswest has been a member since 7/1/2011. Posts: 32
I feel you! I lived in Japan for years and people don't realize how humid it gets. As for the highlands of Se Asia I think a light jacket is a must. I usually layered with a breathable long sleeve shirt with the sports type of material. At least do that. The quick dry stuff. Cotton holds sweat. Then when the cool nights come after the rain or especially in November/Dec in some places you won't be sitting around in a wet shirt. If the fleece is light it will be enough but remember a long sleeve shirt at least. I never got too cold as I am larger but some of the smaller/thinner people around me (especially smaller girls) would be cold as the temperature drop sometimes surprises people up north and the winds come. To have it just in case is worth it. Especially in Thailand shopping areas. They put on the AC at frigid levels!.
my wife always travels with her fleece-lined wind shell and loves it. it comes in handy more often than you'd think on things like the flight over, long-haul bus and train rides, and the occassional cool evening. that time of year and at elevation, i think you'll be glad you have it. regards.
lovely! thanks you two...answered my question just as i was suspecting.
#4 heddenswest has been a member since 7/1/2011. Posts: 32
Although I didn't go hiking in Vietnam, I was in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hue in December. I found I was comfortable in a Tshirt most of the time, but occasionally resorted to wearing a thin polyprop top under a thin merino top, with a Tshirt over the top. Personally, I like the idea of thin layers so I can adjust the layers without the bulk of a jacket. The merino top was also good for the cold aircon on busses and planes.
Just sitting by the roadside in Chiang Mai with rainy cloudy weather the last few days a light jacket has been good to have. Sep-Oct can also be rainy and by Nov you're into less rain but cool nights especially up on the hills. Of course you can just buy one here for around 200 baht ($6) but may as well bring with you (note: turbo-charged aircon on flight and inside airport)