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recommended footwear

Posted by ropren on 11/6/2008 at 11:55

Anyone out there have any good recommendations for what to bring in the arena of footwear. Im heading to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for the first time and trying to pack as little as possible. Does anyone have any suggestions and/or lessons learned as to what to bring and what not to bring? I know its a kindof open-ended question.

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Posted by dougumbarger on 11/6/2008 at 15:22

I am in Bangkok right now, in my room, watching the daily torrential downpour. I have traveled extensively in the tropics during rainy season, and the only footwear I bring are sport sandals: comfortable, happy in water, quick drying, easy to rinse mud off of- I-don't-care-if-they-get-wet shoes. I currently have Columbia Titanium Interchange sandals which I LOVE because I can flip up the heel strap to change them into slip-in flip-flops. Don't skimp cost-wise on your footwear!! DON"T bring boots, they are heavy (especially when wet), won't dry out for days and take up valuable space. You must take off your shoes to visit inside temples, so don't even worry about bringing closed-toe shoes unless you have business needs. I am traveling with two well-travelled girls and they confirm this. Hope this helps, and safe travels!

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Posted by princessdisaster on 13/6/2008 at 13:50

I only ever take a pair of thongs (flip flops, jandals, pluggers). I wore them every where, sight seeing, wondering around the jungle to the beach.

I had a pretty pink pair on my last trip through Laos and Cambodia and in the last couple of days of my trip someone wondered off with them. I had march off to the local market in bare feet and by a horrid back pair with skulls on them, the pretty pink local ones didn't fit my HUGE western feet.

Lesson learnt i'm taking 2 pairs of thongs on my next trip.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/6/2008 at 19:11 admin

sandals or thongs

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Posted by ChrisM48 on 15/6/2008 at 14:50

I travelled last year for 10 weeks to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and wore Crocs with a back up pair of hiking sandals. Whilst it is a personal preference, I wore the sandals twice as I found that the Crocs were an all purpose shoe. When scrambling around Angkor and on various other trails (Erawan Falls) I simply clipped the back on for 4 WD traction!

The crocs are light and versatile. YOu could throw in a pair of thongs for emergency

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