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Fisherman pants, Hilltribe pants, Etc.

Posted by think87 on 13/7/2009 at 09:34

Just curious as to the views of the posters here on these items. :-P

When you see someone wearing them, do you think "wow" or do you see "When in thailand, do as the thai's do"?

Also, do you favor keeping your own dress or try to adapt in each country you visit?

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Posted by BruceMoon on 13/7/2009 at 12:28

When in Rome, do what is comfortable and does not offend...

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Posted by smash on 13/7/2009 at 12:41

*shudders*

I like my own clothes... I'm 1/2 Chinese but don't look Asian and so don't see the point in trying to blend in. Just my point of view. I haven't been backpacking (yet) but when I do I'm going to make a concious decision/attempt NOT to look like one - no offence meant at all, it's just too, ah, scruffy (??) for my liking!

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Posted by MADMAC on 13/7/2009 at 19:37

The clothing styles here vary just as much as everywhere else in the world. "Traditional" clothing is dead as fried chicken. Sure, some people, esspecially in boring villages that are pointless to visit, still wear some "traditional" accouterements. And I'm sure some hill tribes are too poor to wear anything other than what they make themselves. But generally, in all the cities, people wear "normal" clothes. I wear the same clothes here I wore when I lived in Germany in the summer or Africa. Me wearing "fisherman's pants" here would look as foolish as me wearing Lederhosen were I living in Bavaria.

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/8/2009 at 12:06

Normally when in Bangkok I avoid all the normal tourist locations - I go there to dance or take care of buisiness, not to sightsee (which I don't like doing anywhere). But this time I picked up a friend of mine and he had to see all the classic tourist haunts - Emerald Bhudda, Jim Thompson House... etc. I found it somewhat humorous that there were thousands of people dressed as charicatures of bakcpackers there. Do people come here and suddenly morph? I was the only anglo guy dressed in jeans (the only other jeans I saw were on Thais). And the only people wearing "fishermans pants" and the like were tourists.

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Posted by swag on 12/8/2009 at 12:27

I prefer the short legged fisherman pants when I,m down on the islands.Cheap to buy, easy to rinse out and dry and pretty comfortable. Having said that I don.t wear them when I'm Bangkok as such.Prefer a standard pair of cotton shorts and s/s cotton shirt.Can't abide by t shirts and jeans bit too hot for me

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Posted by fivesilver on 12/8/2009 at 12:40

Posted from within Vietnam.

We're on a long-term trip. There's been plenty of trial and error with clothing, but on a budget, when you're occasionally having to hand-wash and dry overnight, I've found purpose-made travel clothing (particularly trousers) really good.

I've got a couple of pairs. They've got plenty of pockets, which come in handy on occasion, but I don't stuff half my belongings into them and end up looking like a GI on long-haul jungle patrol.

The best thing about them is that they're light, and thus keep you cool as well as drying quickly. It's also handy to have a couple of zip pockets for security.

It's also pretty easy now to get travel clothes that don't scream "TRAVEL CLOTHES!".

To get back to the original poster's point, I did try out the FPs, and found them very comfortable, but gave up on them after deciding that I looked like a complete klutz (maybe that's just me, though ^__^).

I agree with swag, though - there's a place and time for everything.

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Posted by Tilapia on 12/8/2009 at 20:23

>>Do people come here and suddenly morph?

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Posted by Tilapia on 12/8/2009 at 20:25

>>Do people come here and suddenly morph?

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Posted by Tilapia on 12/8/2009 at 20:26

WHAT GIVES??? Cut off twice in a row!

I've wondered the same thing myself many, many times, especially when I used to wander KSR on the odd evening a while back. The cornbraids, the ubiquitous and monotonous tatooos, the piercings, the fishermans' pants, etc.

I'd always wonder if this is how these folks are at home, or does being away from the social restrictions of home suddenly free one up to be who they really are, or have they all just had a bit too much to drink and will regret the spiderweb tatoo now gracing their face?

Suppose this could be the subject for an entire thread, and I'm sure there would be many interesting observations, especially from those who have seen the changes over the last few decades.

But, to the question at hand, I try to dress appropriately and according to the situation. For example, I could never understand why I was always the last one sitting alone on buses and trains until I stopped wearing shorts when going from A to B. Oh ... I stopped drinking beer on the buses, too. That helped.

I lived and worked with a guy in a small village near Lopburi, and this guy figured he'd be more respected and accepted if he fit in more. So he took to wearing fisherman's pants, the dark blue cotton shirts, and a rice-picker's hat whenever he went out. People would cover their mouths laughing, and point at him whenever he walked by. Hardly the acceptance and respect he was expecting. He just looked like, as Fivesilver says, "a complete klutz," and as out of place as "wearing Lederhosen were I living in Bavaria." I refused to be seen with him. Tough in a village of less than 400.

I think that if one wanted to dress as an average Thai dresses, one would have to make a serious investment in English Premiership football jerseys of various sizes and colours, focusing on Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester, and Chelski.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 12/8/2009 at 21:52

off-topic:
Tilapia, did you happen to type the mathematical symbol for 'greater than' or 'lesser than'? one of them (forgot which) will result in all text immediately after it vanishing into never-never-land. be warned :)

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Posted by Tilapia on 12/8/2009 at 22:56

Yes, I did. That might be the problem because whenever I seem to get cut-off it is when I am pasting someone else's quotes, and I use those symbols instead of quotation marks.

Good observation, and thanks for passing it along. Mr. Somtam will take note of this.

Cheers

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/8/2009 at 23:36

"...and will regret the spiderweb tatoo now gracing their face?"


This is a distinct possibility. And if it's not, it should be.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/8/2009 at 07:07 admin

Thanks wanderingcat, it looks like it was a prob with lines starting with <"

So if Tilapia was quoting someone like this:

<"I think fisherman pants are groovy

Then everything after the <" would get nuked.

As you can see it is no longer happening, but if you come across the same prob elsewhere, do let me know.

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