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what to wear

 am going to S.E. Asia for five weeks in December, AOG.  It will be hot most places, but I am constantly seeing references to no shorts or skimpy tops.  Is it okay to wear shorts, tank tops, or not?  I am 66 but normally do wear shorts.  I realize we need to cove rup in certain sites out of respect.


Shorts are fine except when visiting temples/palaces where one should cover up, for everywhere else on this trip there is no specific dress code.

 Nick - Trip Manager


Christine Gadsdon

I am 63 and looking for to this trip.   I have been to Thailand before but not the other countries.   I live in Poole, Dorset.   If you would like to contact me please do so on:   [email protected] 



Hi Jill. I have travelled in Thailand before (and other Asian countries) and I did find Thai women to be modest and skirt lengths tended to be knee length or longer - unless things have changed over the last few years. Not sure about the other countries. I also think locals tend to cover up to keep the sun off. I tend to cover up a lot as I have found that when visiting more traditional rural communites you can draw attention to yourself or be treated with less respect but maybe I err on the side of caution as I am not a size 10 either!!  Those 'zip off' trouser/shorts might solve your problem and I usually carry a sarong and a light shirt in my rucksack to cover all eventualities! Look forward to meeting you- we will be joining the group in Bangkok.  

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