Is it necessary to bring pants to Thailand? I am going in April and know it's going to be very hot. I'm not sure if I need pants for Temples or for night when mosquitos can be a problem.
Thanks in advance.
#1 worldbound has been a member since 21/2/2011. Posts: 23
I think it's a good idea to have a pair, even if you don't wear them much. I take one pair of lightweight, fast-drying pants with the zip-on/off legs that I can take off or put on as required. Most of the time they are shorts, and the pant legs are rolled up and in my nap sack. They weigh nothing and take no space.
Generally speaking it is respectful and polite to wear long pants when going into temples though there aren't many where you would be stopped from entering. You won't be allowed into the Temple of the Emerald Buddha without long pants, though.
Yes April is usually about the hottest month and jeans/denim pants are uncomfortable at that time but 3/4-length roomy shorts preferably made of breathable quick-dry fabric are a good idea. Any Thai temple will be ok with that except Wat Phra Kaew (i.e. Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok) which has a more strict dress code, but some easy hire garments are available there. Some younger Thais wear thigh-level shorts but it's more respectful to stick with something below-the-knee, and more practical to keep it loose-fitting and breezy. But don't tense-up about it too much - it's not Saudi Arabia and most modern folks just dress for comfort with a modicum of respectfulness. "Fashionable" young urban Thai girls now don short-shorts but you don't need to follow their lead.
Is it necessary to bring pants to Thailand?
Short answer is "not really"
I only ever wore pants in the jungle (dry tree brunches, mosquito's and leeches were all disappointed), just simple fishermans pants, light , cotton 150-250B available everywhere. Had leggings with me but too too hot.
Jeans are a definite no no, although locals love them. But hey- yesterday I saw a girl in Tesco in Samui- she was wearing a long coat!!!!!!!!!!!!Sweaters are for sale everywhere too...)))))
It's funny how you can wear pyjama type long pants into temples but not dress shorts.
But that's Thailand. They have odd values.
#5 Krabiman has been a member since 2/1/2011. Posts: 223
Ok so I decided to bring pants, or at least buy them when I get there if that is possible. I hear fisherman pants (as cool as they look to us in USA) are actually frowned upon in public/temples. So could I buy a pair of comoftable, light pants there?
If I bring a pair what should they be made out of?
#6 worldbound has been a member since 21/2/2011. Posts: 23
Frowned upon? Nope. You can wear pyjamas just not shorts.
Bit ridiculous really.
#7 Krabiman has been a member since 2/1/2011. Posts: 223
I guess that question was a bit silly now that I think about it!
I have pants that zip into shorts only thing is that they zip into shorts that are a bit too short for my taste, and probably too short for Thailand. I'll just buy a pair there.
#10 worldbound has been a member since 21/2/2011. Posts: 23
Buy thin cotton pants in the markets for 100 or 150 baht. Dont bother going to Tesco.
#11 Krabiman has been a member since 2/1/2011. Posts: 223