I will be traveling to SE Asia this December, Thai - Lao -Vietnam to be exact. I need advise for those visited temples in Thailand and Lao before since I will be visit temples when in Thailand and Lao. I want to bring only 2 pair of footwear...my Teva hiking shoe and fitflop. But now I'm thinking of getting these Teva Sport sandal instead, would this be passable for Temples visit footwear since it closed totes sport sandal.
#1 lunzeea has been a member since 5/11/2010. Posts: 2
i didn't follow the links you posted, but in general, a dressy-style sandal should be enough for entry onto temple grounds. you will need to remove your shoes to enter many of the buildings withinThai temples, such as where the images are, but it will be quite obvious when you need to do that.
the bigger issue for visiting Thai temples is to make sure you are dressed modestly, which usually means wearing long pants or a long skirt and a longer-sleeved shirt or such too. when in doubt, watch what the Thais are wearing and follow their lead. cheers.
no problem entering temple compounds wearing sandals or flipflops (i've been wearing flipflops to temples in Thailand for 20+ years). when entering the buildings within the temple compound, you'll have to take off your footwear & walk barefoot indoors.
* one important exception is: Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok. it's the only temple where flipflops are not allowed. but Teva sandals (including open toe) are fine - apparently the requirement is for footwear to have at least a strap around the heel. apart from temples, this rule also applies to the Grand Palace & Vimanmek Palace/Mansion in Bangkok.
Thank you all for replies.
No I'm not trying to advertise for Teva. I've traveled with them before and it became my go to travel footwear brand.
My main concern is if certain place that doesn't let you enter if you have open toe footwear. like wanderingcat mentioned: Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace & Vimanmek Palace/Mansion. Thank you wanderingcat
I know you can get cheap sandal over there too. But since I will be leaving from JFK in December so I need to think of what to wear then too...I'm trying to find a solution from cold weather to tropical-ish weather footwear.
#6 lunzeea has been a member since 5/11/2010. Posts: 2
You can wear sneakers here year round. I don't like open toed footwear, because it doesn't protect the feet and in my opinion it's on the short end of fashion. Also you can't ride you bike with it (or you shouldn't) and you can't dance in it either... for me a lot of drawbacks.
Don't dance with people that step on your toes MM. LOL
#8 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386
You can wear any type of shoes in temple grounds. Everyone has to take them off prior to walking in a temple. Shorts also seem to be fine, I have been summoned by monks to enter temples with shorts, short tops (although going to a temple was not planned on the day I had a no sleeve top). I think it is more about the attitude with which you go to the temples these days, and all of them have donation boxes. Some of them have a place for you to meditate, usually the same area where the locals go to bow 3 times and light a candle or some incense and have a prayer.