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What clothes to pack - formal clothing necessary?

Posted by c1ee on 26/10/2009 at 06:29

Hi all,

I'm going on a trip to Vietnam in two weeks time. In my trip I plan on doing a lot of riding around on a motorbike, and also partying. I will be in Saigon, and will be riding all the way up to Hanoi.

I'm now trying to decide what clothes to pack. Should I bother taking my jeans? I would like to experience the night life, but does that mean I need to bring collar shirts, leather shoes, and maybe a jacket too? I'm going to be carrying a 65litre backpack, btw.

This is my first time travelling like this, so I'm a bit confused as to what I should/shouldn't be packing. Any help with this would be appreciated.


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Posted by violets on 26/10/2009 at 07:18

You won't need any formal clothes. I usually take 3 pairs of light pants and 4 shirts and wash them often.I take a pair of sandals and a pair of walking shoes. You might need something warmer in the north at this time of year; a polo fleece jacket is light. Try to keep your luggage as minimal as possible; you will not want to carry a whole bunch of spare unused things.

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Posted by KCsaffas on 27/10/2009 at 17:29

Agree with previous answer. Travel as light as possible. Vietnam is cooler than Thailand, and maybe one pair of jeans or chinos is not a bad idea. Probably the pair that you arrive in by plane. Daytime is generally shorts/cargo pants. One fleece/sweat shirt also good idea for north.

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Posted by c1ee on 27/10/2009 at 20:44

Thanks for your tips.

Regarding the chilly north, I'm thinking I can just buy a cheap jacket from Hanoi when I get there. Shouldn't be too difficult right?

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Posted by MADMAC on 27/10/2009 at 23:28

I'd pack one pair of slacks and dress shoes. Remember most of these guys here are slumming it. If you want to do anything high end you don't want to be under-dressed.

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Posted by jasonkim8486 on 28/10/2009 at 03:48

would i be able to find a nice pair of nike sneakers in bangkok(say khao san rd)and what would i expect to pay, here in the states they run anywhere between 40-150$

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Posted by violets on 28/10/2009 at 07:28

"these guys here are slumming it"! Speak for yourself.

I've been to the opera in my travel clothes. You don't need to travel in your daggiest stuff. I think dress shoes is really an unnecessary burden.

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