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Footwear for Angkor

Posted by curstilace on 2/8/2009 at 00:20

Hello :)

I'm starting my trip through Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos in a few days, and I intend on packing as light as possible. Shoe-wise I was going to just bring flip-flops for daily wear and maybe a pair of strappy heels for nights out.

My concern is Angkor Wat. I gather that flip-flops (and definitely strappy heels) aren't recommended for climbing up the steep steps, especially in the rainy season.

So here are my options:
1) bring my Nike sneakers
2) buy some sandals (though I think they're kinda hideous, and I'm a bit strapped for cash)
3) skip the climbing of Angkor and just see it from the bottom
4) ??

What do you think?

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Posted by SBE on 2/8/2009 at 03:29

Take your sneakers. No point in buying sandals just to climb the steps at Angkhor Wat though you could do it barefoot if you've got very tough feet I suppose. Flipflops and strappy heels would indeed be rather dangerous. The steps are very steep and it's a long way down.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 2/8/2009 at 07:17


I suggest it depends on what you intend to be doing at Angkor, and the weather. The reason I say that is some people clamber all over the ruins, others just wander up and walk around on the pathways.

If the area is wet (as likely), I agree with SBE, if the latter flip-flops will be fine (but not in the wet).

I note the comment re: sandals, but just in case you didn't read the post, try looking here. There, look at my post at #7, and link to the references.

I suggest you consider as you are entering SE Asia during the wet season, and unless you intend to remain in cities ONLY, the terrain and the wetness suggests you might like to think through your current footwear decisions.


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Posted by MADMAC on 3/8/2009 at 02:23

I thought you would wear sandals even when traveling to the South Pole.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 3/8/2009 at 04:30


Yep, I'd wear sandals there too, and socks - it's such a cool look down there....



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