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Posted by calitraveler on 25/7/2006 at 11:17

i've read that when traveling to thailand, females shouldn't wear tank tops or shorts unless they at the beaches. however, in bangkok thais are tolerant of foreigners wearing tank tops and shorts . is this true? my cousin said that she saw plenty of travelers wearing tank tops and shorts on their trek in chiang mai and while visiting bangkok.

can you please comment on what is appropriate for females? i'm attempted to wear tank tops and shorts (not too short, but not too long) while in bangkok, chiang mai and pai, but don't want to offend thais. any advise would be appreciated. and i do realize that i shouldn't wear shorts at temples.

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Posted by calitraveler on 25/7/2006 at 12:20

i meant "tempted" not "attempted"... cheers

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Posted by calitraveler on 25/7/2006 at 12:21

i meant "tempted" not "attempted"... cheers

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Posted by wolfman on 25/7/2006 at 16:07

as long as you know what to wear at temples-it´s o.k. thais are used to farang-males and- females wearing strange outfits. the less touristy it gets, the more you should be aware of your dress! for thais, we farangs loose face. but : no worries-it`s o.k.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 25/7/2006 at 16:59 admin

As per wolfman - no skimpy stuff at the temple.

Anywhere in Asia, even in the biggest city, both male and female travellers will find themselves treated better or at least in a more welcoming fashion when dressing well and conservatively -- particularly when dealing with older people.

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Posted by Tilapia on 25/7/2006 at 20:05

You will be hard-pressed to find women/girls wearing tank tops outside of major tourist areas (the larger cities, beach areas and islands). Thai women who do dress like this (or who drink and smoke) are often considered to be a little bit wild and impolite. Most foreign visitors don't bother to learn about things like this before arriving, and fewer care when they do find out.

You will see a lot of women/girls wearing shorts, but they will be at least knee-length and very loose fitting.

The first time I noticed a clothing-response relationship (outside of the temples) was on the buses. Often, I'd find myself sitting alone on a bus when all the other seats would fill. Someone would only sit next to me if it was the last seat on the bus. It wasn't because I was a foreigner, but because I usually had shorts and a tank top on. When I started wearing long pants and a shirt, this changed dramatically.

Somtam is absolutely right. Admittedly, though, it is difficult to understand how this is the case when one wanders around KSR, visits Pattaya or Phuket.

At the temples ... no shorts, shoulders covered.

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