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The Ultimate Bangkok Packing List

The Ultimate Bangkok Packing List

Bangkok is a true feast for the senses. From whip-fast tuk-tuks and mouth-watering street food to sparkling Buddhist temples and vibrant street markets, it’s impossible to be bored. Packing for a Bangkok getaway requires a few special considerations, though. With a tropical monsoon climate, BKK is an intense bundle of heat and rain—but cut-off short shorts and low-cut tank tops just won’t cut it, culturally speaking. Since Bangkok—and Thailand as a whole—is a highly religious destination, it’s better to lean into modest dress out of respect for local customs. This means lots of long skirts, shirts that cover your shoulders, and carrying a scarf on you at all times should you need it to enter a temple. Below, we take a look at each month’s weather in detail and itemize exactly what you’ll need on your trip to Thailand’s multifaceted capital of Bangkok .

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THE LUGGAGE

TheWhen it comes to packing, it’s all about the right bag for the right job. If you’ve been making due with a beat up old duffle or an ancient carry-on with a sticky wheel, you’ll be amazed at how a new bag makes travel so effortless. Every smart traveler should have three key pieces of luggage: a weekender bag for quickie getaways, a carry-on suitcase for week-long trips, and a larger suitcase for longer stays or travelers that overdo it on souvenirs. (Guilty!) For a weekender, we’re fans of the  Away Everywhere  bag. This little dynamo has separate pockets for your laptop, pens, reading materials, and phone, plus a waterproof umbrella compartment—genius when you visit a rainy destination. For a one-week trip, it’s hard to beat  Away’s Carry-On —it changed the suitcase game with an ejectable battery for phone charging, smooth spinner wheels, and a lifetime warranty. And for any trips lasting two weeks or longer, go for the  Travelpro Platinum Elite . There’s a reason flight crews swear by this luggage brand. This checked bag has gliding spinner wheels, a telescoped handle, and two-inches of zippered expansion. Consider yourself packed.

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THE PACKING GEAR

Every packing hurdle is made easier with this trio of travel gear. Got a hotel room or cruise ship cabin with little counter space? This hanging toiletry bag will give you elbow room at the sink plus provide dedicated pockets for all your creams, gels, and sprays. Hang it on the bathroom door or over the towel rack to keep everything upright, protected, and in place. If you have an issue with overpacking — who doesn’t? — then packing cubes are a game-changer. This four-piece set will keep all your things, from underpants to electronics, organized and condensed, saving you precious suitcase space. And rather than depend on the freebie toiletries at the hotel (that harsh hotel soap will zap all the moisture from your skin), bring your own tried-and-true toiletries in these TSA-approved squeeze bottles.

Hanging Toiletry Kit

THE IN-FLIGHT ESSENTIALS

Only travel amateurs get on a flight without bringing the essentials. A sleep mask not only blocks out cabin lights—it provides the privacy you need to get some Zs. The Trtl travel pillow is a travel editors’ favorite for keeping your neck and head comfortable as you nod off. And Comrad compression socks’ moisture-wicking technology keeps feet comfy and protects you from deep vein thrombosis. (Yikes!) Fly like a pro with these packing essentials.

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BANGKOK OUTFIT INSPIRATION

As Thailand’s most populous city, you will see all sorts of street fashion, including Western-influenced trends. Because the capital (and the country) is nearly 92 percent Buddhist, however, style is more conservative as a whole. To respect locals and their landmarks, follow suit and opt for more modest outfits with long pants (go for linen since it’s light), skirts, and tops that adequately cover the shoulders, midriff, and chest. At night, should you hit a more touristy section of town for dinner or drinks, you can shed your buttoned-up look for something a little more casual.

Women’s Outfits

Younger women’s day outfit for bangkok, shop the look.

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Cotton V-Neck

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Button Skirt

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Retro Sunglasses

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Jerusalem Sandals

Older women’s linen dress day outfit for bangkok.

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Linen Shift Dress

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Day Glove ReKnit

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Panama Roll Up Hat

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No Sweat Moisturizer

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Women’s Cover and Swimsuit for an Excursion from Bangkok

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Adjustable One Piece

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Spiral Hair Ties

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Cover-Up Dress

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Platform Sandal

Older women’s comfy day outfit for bangkok.

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Linen Joggers

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Polarized Sunglasses

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Younger Women’s Going Out in Bangkok Outfit

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Wedge Sandal

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Hoop Earring

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Leather Wallet

Men’s outfits, younger men’s day outfit for bangkok.

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The Trainer

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Supergoop! Sunscreen

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Collapsible Water Bottle

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Super Simple Men’s Day Outfit for Bangkok

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Crewneck Tee

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Men’s Cover and Swimsuit for an Excursion from Bangkok

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Water Bottle

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Swim Shorts

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Packable Backpack

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Water Shoes

Older men’s comfy/casual day outfit for bangkok.

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Oxford Shirt

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Light Khakis

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Packable Fedora

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Leather Belt

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Walking Sandals

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Longline Tee

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THE 3 PAIRS OF SHOES YOU’LL NEED FOR EXPLORING BANGKOK

Oh, shoes…it’s all too easy to overpack them when you have the *perfect* pair for every outfit in your bag. That said, it’s essential to prioritize your most tried-and-true pair of comfy walking shoes when packing for Bangkok. These will serve you well on long days (and nights) spent at the city’s markets and for more adventurous pursuits outside of town—maybe a reputable elephant sanctuary? After that, slip-ons are key for both gals and guys. Many local temple attractions, like Wat Pho and Wat Arun , require you take your shoes off at the door, so if you’re hitting a few temples in one day, unlacing sneakers and re-finagling gladiator sandals will get old quick. For this, we suggest packing two types of shoe: an easy to slide on/off closed-toe option like Toms’ Baja, and a buckle-free (hopefully blister-free) sandal like Boardwalks from Madewell.

Women ‘s Shoes

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Men ‘s Shoes

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Your suitcase packing checklist

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  • Lightweight Raincoat

Shoes & Accessories

  • Walking shoes
  • Lightweight scarves
  • Hair accessories

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  • Fold-down tote
  • Dental floss
  • Conditioner

Toiletries cont.

  • Moisturizer
  • Contact lenses
  • Contact lens solution
  • Shaving cream
  • Brush and comb
  • Hair styling tools
  • Tampons and pads
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pain relievers
  • Stain remover
  • Portable charger
  • Tablet or E-reader
  • Device chargers
  • Power adaptors
  • Memory card
  • Selfie stick

Other Essentials

  • Medical insurance card
  • Water bottle (empty)
  • Travel blanket or wrap
  • Travel pillow
  • Laundry bag

Helpful Printouts

  • Emergency contacts
  • Boarding pass
  • Hotel and car rental reservations
  • Maps and directions
  • Bank and credit card contact info
  • Copies of passport and ID

WHAT NOT TO PACK FOR BANGKOK

Bangkok’s weather is scorching year-round, but when it comes to packing, leave your booty shorts, bandeau crop tops, and sky-high heels at home. With a population that’s 92 percent Buddhist, the capital is rather conservative in dress. While nights out in more touristy corners of town ( Khao San Road , for example) may be a little more lax about dress codes, if your itinerary includes day trips to temples and other cultural attractions , you’ll want to avoid shoulder (and cleavage) baring tops and opt for higher-cut tees and blouses. Because it rains a ton and you’ll also likely sweat through a few shirts, it’s wise to bring quick-drying materials and pieces you can easily hand wash and re-wear.

THE ONE THING THING WTP EDITORS PUT IN OUR SUITCASE FOR BANGKOK

FLIGHT 001 5-In-1 Adapter

A Universal Travel Adapter isn’t the sexiest item to pack, but it is something that you’ll likely use multiple times a day in Bangkok. Bangkok’s outlets commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets that are useless for American gadgets which generally have two flat parallel pins and a round grounding pin. If you want to charge your phone or digital camera in Bangkok, you need an adapter. While there are seemingly unlimited adapter options out there, we love Flight 001’s color coded adapter that’s like a small puzzle with four labeled pieces, making it easy to find which piece you need to plug in your laptop or phone. The adapter fits into outlets in over 150 countries (meaning you can bring it with you to Bangkok and beyond. —WTP Editors

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BANGKOK’S WEATHER AND SEASONS

Despite the fact that Bangkok maintains 80+ degree temperatures year-round, the city technically has three seasons: hot (March through June), rainy (July through October), and cool (November through February). With a tropical monsoon climate, the destination is also no stranger to precipitation or humidity, with nearly 56 inches of rain per year, and an annual humidity average of 78 percent. One key consideration to keep in mind when packing for a trip to Bangkok is that temperatures don’t fall dramatically at night, so you can leave your layers at home. All weather conditions considered, the most popular time to visit Bangkok is from November to March, when daytime temperatures and humidity are more tolerable and rain all but hibernates till the start of summer.

Note: This data comes from our friends at Weather.com. We recommend using this together with a traditional forecast as you get closer to your departure date.

  • Plan for day temps between 71 and 89 temps
  • Expect 0.40 inches of precipitation in January

What to Wear in Bangkok in January: January is toasty in Bangkok, but the weather is still pretty pleasant compared to the rest of the year. Adhere to the city’s modest dress code with lightweight and conservative staples like cropped linen pants, comfy dresses, and ruffled t-shirts.

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  • Plan for day temps between 75 and 90 temps
  • Expect 1.1 inches of precipitation in February

What to Wear in Bangkok in February: A few additional degrees is really all that separates January’s weather from February’s. Stick with longer shorts, linen shirts, and espadrilles that are easy to slip on and off for fast entry to Bangkok’s cultural attractions.

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  • Plan for day temps between 78 and 92 temps
  • Expect 1.2 inches of precipitation in March

What to Wear in Bangkok in March: If you thought February was hot, wait till you see what March has in store! With daytime temps soaring to the low 90s, it’s imperative that you carry sunscreen, sunglasses, and a water bottle. While temples do require more conservative dress, you can get away with a sleeveless sundress or jumpsuit as long as you bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. Men can consider super lightweight jeans.

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  • Plan for day temps between 80 and 94 temps
  • Expect 2.8 inches of precipitation in April

What to Wear in Bangkok in April: This month is Bangkok’s hottest, with temperatures that get close to 100 degrees. There’s really not much you can do—outfit-wise—to contend with such searing temperatures and sky-high humidity, so make sure you drink plenty of water and dip into places with air conditioning whenever you can.

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  • Plan for day temps between 80 and 92 temps
  • Expect 7.5 inches of precipitation in May

What to Wear in Bangkok in May: May is the start of Bangkok’s rainy season—and it’s not playing. With nearly 20 days of precipitation throughout the month, travelers should always consider that there’s a 60-percent chance of rain when they get dressed and ready. For this reason, make sure you carry a small umbrella and maybe avoid all-white outfits.

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  • Plan for day temps between 80 and 91 temps
  • Expect 6 inches of precipitation in June

What to Wear in Bangkok in June: Bangkok’s rain streak continues through June with another nearly 20 days of rain. Temperatures fall between the 80s and 90s, and humidity is also through the roof at 73 percent. Make sure you wear a sunhat and sunscreen and take ample breaks when needed.

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  • Plan for day temps between 78 and 90 temps
  • Expect 6.2 inches of precipitation in July

What to Wear in Bangkok in July: July is just as sweltering, sticky, and rainy as June, so pack a lot of lightweight options in breathable fabrics like linen. If your hotel has a pool, make sure you pack a suit so you can take dips as often as possible.

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  • Expect 7.4 inches of precipitation in August

What to Wear in Bangkok in August: This month’s weather is pretty similar to June and July’s with temperatures settling in the high 80s and low 90s. Pack a lot of flowy, breathable options like midi skirts, linen pants, and sundresses and keep your umbrella close.

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  • Plan for day temps between 77 and 89 temps
  • Expect 12.6 inches of precipitation in September

What to Wear in Bangkok in September: Autumn may be fast approaching but given Bangkok’s weather, you wouldn’t know it. Summer clothes including button-up shirts are still key in September, as is an umbrella—thanks to a whopping 22 plus days of rain.

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  • Expect 9.1 inches of precipitation in October

What to Wear in Bangkok in October: In October, Bangkok begins to see the light at the end of the rainy season tunnel. While it’s far from total sunshine, the rain much more manageable and temperatures also begin to drop. Pack your conservative-leaning summer clothes and comfy walking sandals and you’ll be good to go.

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  • Plan for day temps between 74 and 88 temps
  • Expect 2.3 inches of precipitation in November

What to Wear in Bangkok in November: Bangkok finally reigns in the precipitation come November. With just a little over two inches of rain throughout the month and a full eight hours of sunshine each day, visitors can pack their itineraries full of outdoor exploits. Temperatures also dip into the 70s, offering a much welcome respite from the near 100-degree summer months. Pack the usual: sunscreen, water bottle, cap, breathable pieces, and November’s weather will treat you just right.

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  • Plan for day temps between 70 and 87 temps
  • Expect 0.4 inches of precipitation in December

What to Wear in Bangkok in December: December may be Bangkok’s coldest month, but don’t go reaching for a sweater. Cold is a relative term, of course, as the city’s temperature still hovers in the 70s and mid 80s. Like the rest of the year, summer clothes will suit you just fine.

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Recommendations: Men’s Champion tee , tortoiseshell glasses , linen relaxed shirt 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAVELING TO BANGKOK

What is the cheapest season to travel to bangkok.

If you’re looking for bargains in terms of airfare and hotels , you’ll find deals in April, May, and June, as well as September and October. Just keep in mind that the first months fall in Bangkok’s hottest season and the latter months are rainy season (a toss-up if you’re planning lots of outdoor activities). Another thing to consider: Bangkok is already an inexpensive destination with favorable exchange rates and generally low prices, so if you can’t stand the heat or sudden downpours, it may be worth it to go during peak season when the weather is more favorable.

Do I need a visa to visit Bangkok?

According to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Thailand , Americans with a valid U.S. passport and airline ticket proving they’ll be leaving the country after their trip do not need a visa to enter Bangkok. That said, you’ll need to make sure your passport is valid for at least another six months post-the date of your trip (if not, renew it beforehand). When you land in Bangkok, Thai immigration officials will stamp your passport, permitting you 30 days in Thailand. If you wish to exceed 30 days, you can pay a fee to have your time extended. Travelers from other countries should check with their embassies to confirm whether or not they need a visa.

Is Bangkok safe to travel for single women?

Bangkok is a safe destination for solo female travelers. You’ll see this sentiment echoed on blogs and by embassies on the ground. The city has a well-worn tourist trail and with over 20.5 million visitors each year, there’s surprisingly little in the way of violent crimes. While you should use common sense when out at night or in a less-frequented part of town, you shouldn’t have any issues as a single traveler. In its travel advisories, the U.S. Embassy lists Thailand at a Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

What is appropriate to wear in Bangkok Thai temples?

Dressing for a visit to a Thai temple isn’t all that hard. In short: Ladies should wear either long pants or a long skirt or dress. Additionally, it’s essential that shoulders are covered, so if you’re wearing a tank top, carry a scarf to cover up when you go inside. Men should also wear long pants and a shoulder-covering tee or button-up shirt. Easy to slip on/off shoes are also essential as you’ll remove your shoes before entering most temples. Go with a slide sandal or something like a pair of Toms which take little effort to get on and off. Don’t bring your Gucci loafers, either. Consider the fact that you’ll be kicking your shoes off in a giant, unsupervised pile and more expensive pairs may “go missing.”

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What to Wear at the Temples:

Whether you’re visiting the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho or exploring Wat Phra Kaew and the greater Grand Palace complex, there are a few cultural considerations to make before you get dressed. Ladies should wear pants or a long skirt that passes the knees as well as a shirt that covers the shoulders. If you do happen to have tank top or more revealing dress on, carry a scarf so you can cover up before entering. You will not be allowed entry unless you bring your own scarf or—in some cases—you can rent a communal scarf at the door.

Pulling together a temple-appropriate outfit is a little easier for men, but you’ll still want to dress respectfully. That means your shoulders should be covered (no muscle tanks allowed here) and pants are preferred. If it’s super hot out and you can’t stand the thought of jeans or lightweight chinos, opt for linen pants instead. If you don’t want to wear sandals, at least loosen your sneakers’ laces so they’re easier to slip on and off at temple entrances.

What to Wear on a Tuk Tuk Ride or Bike Tour:

Tuk-tuks whip around at seemingly G-force speeds, so you won’t want to be caught on one in a flowy sundress. Instead, go for linen pants and a long breathable tunic that will allow you to enjoy the breeze. Sneakers are important footwear if you’re on a bike, and a mini backpack is the easiest bag to carry your gear.

Comfy sneakers and casual wear are really all you need for a tuk-tuk ride or bike tour. Unless you’re dropping by a temple, men can get away with (longer) shorts. And even if a temple is next on your list, you can always stow some easy-to-throw-on pants in your backpack.

What to Wear Shopping:

Whether you’re hitting the tourist-friendly Asiatique: The Riverfront mall on the Chao Phraya waterfront or the traditional Taling Chan Floating Market where locals pick up goods to stock their pantries, you’ll still want to dress in modest clothing. Since you’ll be outside, it’s also smart to wear a sun hat to protect your face from harsh rays.

Like the ladies, men would also do well to dress modestly. That means long pants and tops that cover the shoulders. The Thai know a thing or two about style, so add a sharp watch to dress up an otherwise casual outfit. And since you’re shopping, you’re going to need a nice wallet.

What to Wear at an Elephant Sanctuary:

*Disclaimer: You’ll want to really do your research before signing up for any elephant sanctuary tours. Many “sanctuaries” are unethical, allowing visitors to ride the elephants which is a major no-no that’s been denounced by virtually every animal activist group. That said, there are sanctuaries where you can walk with the elephants and bathe them, and these are the most responsible ways to interact with the gentle giants.

Since you’ll be doing a combination of walking, feeding, and bathing, it’s best to pack substantial water-friendly shoes like Tevas. Everything else—your shorts or yoga pants, t-shirt, and baseball hat—you’ll just want to make sure you’re ok with getting dirty. Sunglasses are a good idea, too.

Guys should also plan to wear waterproof sandals. Longer swim trunks that dry quickly can double as regular shorts—so you can wear them to the next stop on your itinerary—are also a smart pick. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses.

What to Wear for a Night Out on Khao San Road:

Khao San Road is a well-known and popular tourist district lined with lively bars, cheap eateries, and hostels. Because it’s a traveler-heavy neighborhood, the dress code isn’t quite as modest. Ladies can break out their above-the-knee skirts and a bold camisole for a night out here.

Khao San Road may allow for bolder fashion, but that doesn’t mean you should look sloppy. Men would do well to avoid shorts and tanks and opt for long pants, leather sneakers, and a linen shirt.

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Things to know before you start packing for your trip to Bangkok

1. best fabrics to wear in bangkok.

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  • Linen - There’s nothing better and more comfortable than linen. You should pack at least one linen dress, and there is a high chance you might spend your entire trip in that one dress, because of the high level of comfort.
  • Rayon and light cotton - Though not as comfortable as linens, but rayon clothes so provide some respite from the heat.
  • Wicking fabrics - Bangkok being the kind of country it is, being drowned in sweat puddles isn’t something uncommon. So, wicking fabrics, the kind that draws moisture away from the body, is quite the go-to for a comfortable stay in Bangkok.
  • Skin protecting fabric - The searing Bangkok sun can be harmful to the skin sometimes. It is always better to wear fully covered clothes, or else go for UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor clothing.
  • Polyester or Nylon - These are your saviours for the rainy seasons. These fabrics dry quickly and hence, can save a lot of time! 

2. Preferred Shoes to Wear in Bangkok

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  • Flip flops - Flip flops are an ideal solution for tourists in Bangkok.  Thailand follows a ‘shoes-off’ culture in many tourist spots, so flip flops are the most convenient type of shoes in Bangkok, but it is essential that you choose a dependable brand to ensure that you do not have any foot problem during your vacation.
  • Slip-on shoes - For those with an uncertain itinerary, slip-on's should be your go-to footwear! You never know when you might end up in a ‘shoes-off’ place like a temple or go out for a casual stroll around the city. In such a situation, slip-on's are just perfect!
  • Sports shoes - If you’re into adventures and are hoping to explore the stunning exteriors of Bangkok, a pair of comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes is an absolute must.
  • Fancy shoes - If you are a party animal, Bangkok is the ultimate place to be, and in that case, you do need to carry a pair of fancy shoes. For women, a nice pair of heels and for men, a classy pair of boat shoes will do the job!
  • Shoes for the Monsoons - If you are visiting Bangkok during the rainy season, make sure you get a pair of anti-skid rubber shoes. Crocs shoes are mostly made of rubber and have a good grip. They are incredibly comfortable and are perfect for the rainy season in Bangkok.

3. Things to Carry 

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  • Hats - The sun is crazy in Bangkok! If you’re planning to explore the city on foot, a huge hat that covers your face from the sun is an absolute must. A hat also makes for an excellent accessory for all the beautiful pictures you need for your Instagram, you know! If not a hat, you can also go for a good cap.
  • Crossbody bags - When you’re visiting nearby spots, you don’t feel the need to carry a backpack sometimes. A cross-body zipper sling bag comes in handy in such situations. But make sure it has a zipper because Bangkok is prone to pickpocketing, especially in crowded tourist areas.
  • Backpacks- If you plan on going for a day-long trip or an excursion around the city, you need to pack a lot of stuff. In such a situation, cross body bags will not be of much use so you should get a good sturdy backpack with a lot of compartments to make your day easier.
  • Sunscreen - With Bangkok’s sun, soaring right above you, you will feel the need to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, which is when an excellent high defence SPF sunscreen comes in handy.
  • Sunglasses- While sunglasses act as a great fashion accessory; they also protect your delicate eyes from harmful UV rays of the sun. Choose a nice pair of sunglasses which will save your eyes as well as make you look stylish at the same time.
  • Jewellery - A little junk jewellery like bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings and body chains can spice up your look completely! Even if you forget to pack them, you can quickly get them in the local markets.
  • Raincoats - Even during the non-rainy seasons, there is always a chance of sudden rainfall in Bangkok. So make sure to carry a quality zipper raincoat to keep yourself dry.

What to Wear in Bangkok at Religious Places

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  •  A fully covered top or a top which covers your shoulders at least
  •  Long skirts or sarong skirts
  •  Maxi dress with shoulders covered
  •  Harem pants or fully covered loose pants
  •  Buttoned t-shirts
  • Temples in Bangkok are mostly a ‘shoes-off’ area. Flip flops or slip-on sandals are best for this purpose, both for men and women.
  • You are allowed to wear your hat and sunglasses to temples. You can also use a scarf to cover up your head.
  • Girls should never opt for revealing clothes when visiting temples. You should avoid off-shoulder tops, sleeveless tops and tank tops.
  • You might be denied entry if you go to a temple wearing a short dress or a mini skirt.
  • For men, if you plan on wearing shorts, then go for the long ones like capris. If your pants are above knee-length, then you will be denied entry.
  • Avoid wearing sports shoes with laces to the temples. Tying and untying laces frequently can be a cumbersome task.

What to Wear in Bangkok to the Beach

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  • Shorts and crop top
  • Cover up shrugs
  • Tank tops, t-shirts or singlets
  • Swimming trunks
  • Flip flops are the best for beaches! You can open it anywhere and hit the waters; it is completely hassled free. Or if you want to go for sandals, go for sequined sandals for maximum comfort.
  • You can also put on a few beach accessories like anklets, foot chains, thigh chains or a light junk necklace to match with your attire, only if you plan to spend the day sunbathing and not get into the waters.
  • Always wear sunscreen and do not forget to carry your hat and sunglasses.
  • Never go naked on the beach. Always wear your bikini top because, in Bangkok, roaming around topless is no less than a taboo. It is not illegal, but you won’t be welcomed politely by the locals.
  • Avoid wearing bikinis on the roads. It is meant only for the beach. If you have no other option, then cover up with a shrug.
  • Don’t wear fabrics like nylon and acrylic to the beach. It will only make you feel uncomfortable in the hot sunny weather.
  • Avoid dark colours like black, when you decide to spend the entire day relaxing on the beach. Dark colours absorb a lot of heat, which can make you feel quite uncomfortable.

What to Wear in Bangkok for a Casual Stroll Around the City

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  • Tank tops, crop tops, t-shirts
  • Shorts, skirts, harem pants, jeans
  • T-shirts, liner shirts (best!)
  • Trousers, track pants or jeans
  • Capris, Bermuda shorts or cargo pants.
  • You can opt for whichever type of shoes you feel comfortable in. It can be flip-flops, sandals, or even sneakers for that matter.
  • Hats and sunglasses are a must when the heat is scorching.
  • Carry your crossbody bag and put all your essentials in it while travelling.

What to Wear in Bangkok for a Night Out

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Dress Code of Bars:

What not to wear in bangkok.

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  • Avoid clothes that are considered too revealing.
  • Keep short skirts at bay.
  • When heading to malls, supermarkets, movie theatres or an office in Bangkok, remember that there will be blasting air conditioning on. So wear something warmer while going to these locations.
  • You wouldn’t find many men wearing shorts in unexpected public places. So it’s better to stick to pants or jeans while heading out for your big city plans.

Things to Remember While Packing for Your Bangkok Trip

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  • Pack lots of light coloured clothes in shades of white, peach, light blue etc. Light colours are good heat reflectors whereas dark colours like black are absorbers of heat.
  • Choose a bright flip flop so that it is easily identifiable in public places like temples, where you need to take off your shoes outside the temples.
  • Remember to carry a cross-body bag big enough to at least fit in your documents because no matter where you travel in Bangkok, as a tourist, you will always need to carry your identification documents.
  • One important thing to keep in mind is that get a zipper bag still! Bags without zips have a higher chance of getting pickpocketed in Bangkok.
  • Shoes are supposed to be an integral part of your travel plans, so make sure you pack more than one pair of comfy shoes. 

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Are you traveling Thailand soon and not sure what to pack for your trip? From the varying temperatures and temple etiquette to random downpours to Thailand’s diverse landscapes, here’s my guide on what to wear in Thailand (and what not to wear!) to stay comfy, careful, and considerate .

What to Wear and What NOT to Wear in Thailand • The Wanderful Me

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One of my all-time favorite countries, Thailand is filled with breathtaking temples , friendly locals , captivating culture, beautiful beaches, mouth-watering food ( did someone say curry and pad Thai? ), lush jungles, and more!

Sounds like the ultimate destination, doesn’t it?

But with the temples, jungles, culture, and beaches comes some guidelines on appropriate clothing… like breathable materials for easy breezy beautiful non-sweating days or lightweight shawls for befitting temple wear.

Anywho, as someone who’s traveled Thailand a few different times (as well as Southeast Asia as a whole), here’s my guide on what to pack for Thailand.

Get your eyes on some more Thailand inspiration! Check out my incredibly awesome 10-day Northern Thailand itinerary that features Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Pai.

Table of Contents

WHAT TO WEAR IN THAILAND (AND WHAT NOT TO WEAR!)

First things first: Thailand is very hot, humid, and sunny — prepare to be drenched in sweat!

To help ward off any unnecessary swass, swoobs, swack, or even swegs (that’s sweaty legs FYI), pack clothes made of the right fabric…

Types of Fabric

DO pack along breathable material.

Believe me when I say you’ll want clothing that wicks moisture away faster than you can wipe it off your forehead! Thailand is sweltering but with the right material you can stay cool and comfy.

Think breathable fabrics like linen, thin cotton blends, sweat-wicking activewear, bamboo material blend, etc.

Personally, I love the sustainable brand, Boody , which creates comfortable, breathable bamboo clothing. I’m a BIG fan of their wireless bamboo bras , underwear (they dry pretty quickly!), and comfy shirts !

DON’T pack heavy clothing.

Okay, don’t even think about wasting valuable suitcase or backpack space with heavy jeans that’ll just weigh down your bag (and you’ll never ever wear them).

Additionally, thick, heavy sweatshirts are out, too. I know you might want to bring your university sweatshirt but leave it at home. It’s useless in Southeast Asia! Too hot to wear and too heavy for your bag.

Breathable pants are a must when figuring out what to wear in Thailand and determining what to pack for your Thailand trip!

Daily Attire

DO wear airy everyday clothing.

Things like flowy skirts, airy pants , billowing shirts, and lightweight shorts are good to wear for everyday adventures. Wearing clothing that allow the skin to breath (and the sweat to dry) is a great idea!

Additionally, long skirts and flowy pants (that cover the knees) are great for temples, as you need to be modest when exploring them.

DON’T wear skimpy outfits.

Safe to say, daisy duke shorts that let your buttcheeks hang out and spaghetti strap tanks that show too much cleavage and skin are not welcome in Thailand.

It’s a modest country and you’ll find most locals wear clothing that covers them fairy well — you should do the same.

Unless you’re on a beach or sunbathing by the pool, respect the local customs and stick to the daily dress code (i.e. don’t wear skimpy outfits).

Breathable, flowy and airy jumpsuits or dresses are a great thing to wear in Thailand when visiting temples!

Beach Goers

DO pack beach-y clothing.

While I ask you not to wear skimpy outfits, if you’re at the beach a nice bikini and short shorts are A-OK.

The locals understand Thailand is a hot beach destination, so they’ve grown accustomed to seeing tourists in little swimsuits and whatnot.

DON’T walk around in beachwear when not at the beach.

That said, if you’re anywhere where sand isn’t under your feet, do not wear your teeny swimsuit, go topless (guys, too!), or show large amounts of skin.

Bangkok, 7-elevens, temples, and anything other than a beach isn’t an appropriate place for it. Even if you are making your way to the beach, make sure to cover yourself with a good (non-lacey) bathing suit cover up .

(P.S. for god’s sake, don’t go topless at the beach. Just… don’t.)

Pack less and wear more by using one-piece swimsuits as both an outfit to swim in and as a top!

Proper Footwear

DO bring along comfortable sandals and trainers.

Believe me when I tell you you’re going to be walking around quite a bit and getting blisters from uncomfortable, improper footwear isn’t going to make your Thailand backpacking trip fun!

Make sure to pack some proper footwear, like supportive sandals for walking (I LOVE Tevas or Chacos !).

Additionally, bring along one pair of slim flip flops (thongs) to wear in hostel showers and on beaches. They’re lightweight, easy to pack, and very handy when you need ’em!

And lightweight trainers or tennis shoes are always a good idea. You never know when a spontaneous hiking adventure could pop up!

Psst — Allbirds’ Everyday Sneakers are made with sustainable materials, lightweight, breathable, and they dry quick if you get them wet.

DON’T bring along heels, strappy sandals, or crocs.

Sadly, you need to leave the sky-high heels, ridiculously strappy sandals, and ugly ( sorry not sorry ) crocs at home!

Unless you plan to spend all your time club-hopping in Bangkok, heels and fancy sandals are useless. Not to mention the locals think crocs are very ugly… (you will get weird looks if you wear them).

And never go anywhere barefoot! The streets are notoriously dirty and only the poorest people go barefoot. Additionally, it’s rude to go into any temple or home with dirty feet!

Make sure to wear comfortable sandals and walking shoes in Thailand to stay happy.

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Accessories

DO pack lightweight accessories.

Things like a breathable, lightweight scarf or shawl are perfect for slipping in your day pack in case you spontaneously visit a temple or need to hide your skin from the strong sun.

Additionally, pack along a small bandana, hat, and belt — just in case! (Bandanas — or heck, even a multipurpose cloth band like this — are fantastic for wiping away sweat on a long day!)

DON’T pack a ridiculous amount of jewelry.

…or any expensive jewelry for that matter, which could get lost or — more unfortunately — stolen.

It’s probably safe to say you’re not going to be wearing a ton of jewelry while backpacking Thailand.

Let’s be real: it’s hot, humid, and dirty — you’re going to want to stay as comfy as possible (and usually jewelry doesn’t equal that).

Plus, unnecessary amounts of jewelry and accessories will weigh down your bag. Not cool!

Make sure to wear lightweight accessories in Thailand that are practical and comfortable!

DO bring a lightweight rain jacket.

One that preferably packs up nice and tight and can be easily shoved into a small bag (or even one like this , which folds into itself and packs away in the pocket).

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of rain ponchos due to them being plastic — which tears easily and then will be thrown away — but they also hold in allllll the heat, which means sweat.

Additionally, pack a thin backpack cover . The saying “when it rains, it pours” couldn’t be more true in Southeast Asia. While it usually doesn’t rain for long, the downpours are unbelievably strong. Like a literal waterfall from the sky.

Keep your stuff safe with a protective rain cover just in case.

Interested in chasing some waterfalls? Check out this post on 3 crazy awesome waterfalls near Ubud, Bali!

DON’T wear anything white.

Did someone say wet t-shirt contest?

Because that’s what will happen if you decide to wear glistening white in a Thailand downpour (which will, essentially, be quite rude to modest Thai locals).

Just do yourself a favor and leave the white clothing at home — it’ll likely get dirty anyways.

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Fancy Dress

DO pack at least one nice-looking outfit.

If you plan on going to any clubs, rooftop bars, or any fancy restaurants, bring at least one nice-looking outfit.

For women, this could be a cute sundress or romper (jumpsuit). For men, this could be a collared shirt with light dress pants. Essentially, you just want to not look like a rough or rugged backpacker.

DON’T pack unnecessary fancy clothing.

Unless you’re going to spend all your time in rooftop bars or if you’re a fancy Instagrammer, there’s absolutely no need to pack an unnecessary amount of fancy clothing.

With that said, also leave the crocs and ugly shoes at home. Unsurprising, most clubs and bars won’t let you in if you’re wearing ugly shoes (thankfully, I’ve been okay with Birkenstocks, though!).

Sophie is wearing a lightweight jumpsuit that covers her knees, which is a fantastic thing to wear in Thailand when visiting temples!

Clothing Checklist for Thailand

As someone who’s backpacked all over Southeast Asia, including multiple trips to Thailand, here’s my quick and dirty list of what you should pack for a Thailand trip.

  • 2 T-shirts — I love these lightweight t-shirts from Boody Eco Wear or these organic tees from MATE the Label !
  • 4 tank tops (with thick straps) — I like the tank tops from tentree !
  • 1 nice top — I’m a big fan of the Organic Basics wrap crop tops and ribbed baby tees !
  • 1 long-sleeve/light sweatshirt (it can get chilly up north and at night in some places) — Boody makes great long sleeve tops !
  • 1-2 lightweight kimono/shawl/cover-up — I prefer something like this linen button up !
  • 3 pairs of shorts — I love these sustainable shorts from prAna !
  • 2 lightweight long pants/sweatpants — How about these sustainable sweatpants from MATE the Label or these eco-friendly leggings from Boody ?
  • 1 pair of flowy parachute pants (buy when in Thailand!) — I adore these wide leg pants !
  • 1-2 jumpsuits/rompers — Check these out from MATE the Label , prAna and Boody !
  • Optional: 1-2 long skirts

Undergarments:

  • 4 bras — 2 sports bras, 1 real bra, 1 bralette (I brought one like this from Boody and it’s fantastic!)
  • 7 pairs of underwear (or a few pairs of these quick-drying underwear , which can be washed every night and dry by morning! I brought 4 of them for my backpacking trips.)
  • 3 pairs of socks (2 breathable socks for things like hiking/trekking, 1 pair of long socks for flights/cold nights)

Beach Wear:

  • 3 swimsuits (personally, I always travel with 2-3 one-piece suits that can double as a top with shorts, and then one two-piece for sunbathing.)
  • 1-2 swimsuit cover ups
  • 1 pair of flip flops (for hostel showers, beach, etc.)
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes/trainers
  • 1 pair of comfortable sandals (suitable for long walking days — I personally like Birkenstocks , Chacos , or Tevas )
  • Optional: hiking boots (only if you plan on doing multi-day trekking trips)

Miscellaneous:

  • 1-2 scarves (handy for flights or to pack in a day bag for temple cover ups)
  • 1 bandana/buff/multi-purpose headband
  • 1 lightweight raincoat

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My Top Tip for Women

Finally, as a female traveler myself, I suffer from a ridiculous amount of painful chafing when traveling Southeast Asia.

Due to the hot and humid environment, which results in a good amount of sweat, my inner thighs suffer terribly.

So, if this happens to you, my top tip is to leave the dresses and skirts at home. Instead, opt for shorts, long pants, jumpsuits, or clothing that otherwise prevents your thighs from uncomfortably rubbing against one another.

Although, if you do want to bring a couple dresses or skirts, give anti-chafe balm a try or pick yourself up some anti-chafe bands .

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With this guide on what to wear (and not wear) in Thailand, I hope you have an easier time planning for your trip!

It might seem like Thailand is pretty strict on what you can and cannot wear, but the Thais are incredibly nice and very open, so even if you do wear something that may irk them, they likely won’t say anything anyhow!

Nonetheless, if you stick to the packing guidelines above, you’ll be absolutely fine! Just focus on having an incredible adventure.

Are you planning a Thailand trip? Or just looking for some packing tips? Share your thoughts and plans in the comments below!

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As a Thai person myself I don’t see anything wrong with wearing white most locals including me wear white ourselves also the jumpsuit in the photo in front of the temple can’t get you into every temple because there are many temples with a more strict dress code especially going to temples in the old city Chiang Mai which is partially popular for its many temples

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Hey Patteera, thank you for your local insights! I really appreciate it. With regards to the white clothing, I meant it in a way that if it were to rain or downpour, the clothing would likely be see through, which is not ideal. Also, when wearing a jumpsuit, I make sure to always wear a sarong over my shoulders and upper arms to ensure I’m appropriately dressed for temples, which I make sure to tell everyone that’s planning a trip to Thailand. I do apologize if that was not clear in my tips. (And you’re right about Chiang Mai, the temples are wonderful there and rightfully popular!)

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This is so helpful, thank you!!! Me and a friend are going to Thailand next month, and it’ll be my first time ever outside my country. I’m really excited and these tips were awesome.

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What to Wear in Thailand

What to wear in Thailand’ is answered with two quick questions. What’s appropriate in a modest country? And, what clothes suit Thailand’s hot, humid climate? It’s easy! Use this What to Wear in Thailand guide and the Thai dress code won't be a problem.

Thailand’s dress code: What to know?

Let’s start with the culture and climate. Bar girls and lady-boys shows aside, Thailand is a modest country. Think of a PG-13 corner of Utah on a hot day. While there are no actual rules (Thailand is used to under-dressed foreigners), staying ‘more covered than not’ will be appreciated. Bonus? You'll likely enjoy better service. Below, discover exactly what to wear in Thailand – from Bangkok to the beach.

Sun safety and avoiding mosquitoes

Let’s start, straight out of the shower, with what to wear on your skin: sunscreen and mosquito repellent are daily non-negotiables in Thailand.

What sunscreen to wear in Thailand?

What sunscreen to wear in Thailand?

Sun safety? Thailand is mere degrees from the equator and its UV rating is off the charts year-round. Even if you “never burn” at home, respect Thailand’s sun. Pale people, you don't need convincing but those of you in the blasé "I-never-burn-I-just-tan" camp ... how about you just humour me on this. Meet me at SPF 30 (minimum) and you, me and your mummy can all be happy. You’ll find lots more sun safety tips throughout this post (and the entire blog ) but start with a quality sunscreen on your face and body. ‍

Reef-safe sunscreen

‍ Last year, sunscreens containing coral-damaging ingredients were banned in Thai national parks (including Angthong National Marine Park near Koh Samui). I can’t speak to the law’s enforcement, but fines up to 100,000 baht are mentioned (nearly US$3000). To err with caution, you’ll want to look for sunscreens that use zinc oxide or titanium oxide rather than oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor butylparaben.

There’s no regulation of the term “reef-safe” so you’ll have to double-check the ingredients yourself (or see my favourites below). Reef-friendly tends to mean that the product excludes the ingredients above, whereas reef-safe will be a mineral formula. ‍

Can you buy sunscreen in Thailand? ‍

Yes – but note that imported Western brands can cost as much as 300% as on Amazon and you’ll have far fewer options – on Koh Samui, it’s often Banana Boat and that’s it. Want a specific brand, a high SPF or sensitive skin/cruelty-free options? Unless you hit the jackpot at a Bangkok expat grocery or a high-end hotel gift shop, you’ll want to bring your sunscreen with you from home. ‍

My favourites:

‍ What sunscreen is best for Thailand? First of all, start at SPF 30 but ideally choose SPF 50 or 70 if you’re planning to lie in the sun for hours or will be on the water. Then, make sure it has water resistance. All of the following sunscreens are cruelty-free, water-resistant for at least 80 minutes and meet the reef-safe ingredients criteria mentioned above.

For your face: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen

‍ I’ve used this stuff every day for a few years and it’s the only face sunscreen I can stand to wear in Thailand’s humidity. Everything else I've tried feels hot, heavy and sticky. Instead, this is like a weightless gel rather than a sloppy white lotion.

For your body:

  • Lotion: Sun Bum Original SPF 50
  • Lotion: Supergoop! Everyday Play SPF 50
  • Mineral: Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30
  • Mineral: Blue Lizard SPF 50

What mosquito repellent to wear in Thailand?

What mosquito repellent to wear in Thailand?

For top to bottom (really, don’t forget your bottom) tips, see how to avoid mosquitoes in Thailand . You’ll learn your choices for natural vs DEET repellents, plus discover dozens of clever repellent accessories and travel products.

As a quick summary, this is my favourite repellent for Thailand and the only spray I’ll use (however it’s currently only available in the UK so this option is a decent U.S. alternative). For extra success, adding mosquito-repelling bracelets gives you protection even if you forget your spray. ‍

How to apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent together? ‍

First, your sunscreen goes on clean skin. Then wait at least 10 minutes (ideally 20) before applying your mosquito repellent. In my experience in Thailand's high humidity, it's best to do this when you're cool and comfortable in an air-conditioned environment (so it will sink in rather than sweat straight off) and before getting dressed. Here’s World Nomads on the subject:

  • Sunscreen or Insect Repellent: Which Goes On First?
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What fabric is best in Thailand?

The climate determines what you should wear in Thailand – a fine line between respecting local culture, and not melting into a puddle. Despite Thailand’s typical temperatures – mid-30s (over 90°F) – and high humidity, your fabric choices can win the game. You’re not coming on vacation to play “sweaty bush pig”, are you?

What fabric is best in Thailand?

Linen, linen, linen. All the linen. Head to toe linen. This is perhaps my best suggestion for what to wear in Thailand: linen (ideally 100% linen not a blend, so check the tags). With few exceptions, explained below, I pack nothing but linen. As an extra benefit, linen shirts tend to be cut slightly oversized ('boyfriend' fit for women) – hot days are so much more comfortable when you have breathing room.While your closet is probably full of light cotton and its weight might make it seem comparable, try packing at least one linen shirt. You'll live in it for your entire trip. (Why? Linen is both wicking and more breathable than cotton – crucial in a tropical climate). ‍

Pack a travel steamer

Pack a travel steamer

Of course, linen does crease but a travel steamer fixes that in 10 seconds flat. I have this dual-voltage travel steamer : it plugs straight into Thai plugs (no adapter needed) – just fill it up in the bathroom sink, let it heat up for a minute and steam any crease to oblivion (it gets addictive). For crinkled linen or just refreshing things for another wear, I use my steamer every day in Thailand. ( See my full review – including its victories against microscopic mites).

What to Wear in Thailand?

Tip: As mentioned, Thailand is a modest country but its dress code is also very sun-smart. The more you add sun protection with your clothing, the better you’ll meet Thai cultural norms. Choose long-sleeved linen shirts over short-sleeves as well as longer lengths in shorts, skirts and dresses. As well, this is not the time for tight clothing – it’s way too hot. Add breathing room in size choices whenever possible. Luckily, Gen Z’s decimation of Millennial fashion plays into your hand – oversized linen shirts are perfect.

2. Quick-dry, wicking and performance fabric

These recommendations come with a few caveats based on where and when you’ll be in Thailand. ‍

Lightweight merino wool

What to Wear in Thailand? Lightweight merino wool

Wool?! Yes – in some situations it’s ideal, but only if it’s lightweight (look for ≤ 150g/m²). Merino’s magic is a combination of properties: it’s wicking and breathable, it offers UPF protection, it dries quickly, it doesn’t wrinkle and it won’t smell when it gets sweaty.

Where would lightweight merino help you in Thailand? For starters, on the plane. If you always get cold on the plane, try layering a merino tank top or a T-shirt underneath. (As an “always cold” person, I wear both).

While I’d never want to wear a merino top during Koh Samui’s most humid months (linen for that), I love it (A) during rainy season when it’s cooler and breezy and (B) if I’m going to be in air-conditioned places in Bangkok, like malls or the freezing rapid transit.

For women, merino dresses are a nice option for dinners (when it’s either cooler or you're indoors) as you can roll them up and squash them to death in your suitcase and they still won’t wrinkle.

Brand of choice? Woolx . You’ve probably heard of Icebreaker and Smartwool, but I’ve rabidly loved this upstate NY family business since discovering their cold-weather options (including tall leggings). I now live in their clothing year-round – you name the temperature, I’ll show up in Woolx. For Thailand, consider their lightweight options in a regular or a relaxed fit (avoid anything tight in any fabric). New customers get $20 off . ‍

Wicking and quick-dry fabrics

What to Wear in Thailand? Wicking and quick-dry fabrics

Think of a pair of running shorts or anything you’d buy from Patagonia to go hiking. Wicking and quick-dry fabrics can be ideal in Thailand if you're doing 'adventurous things’. In these cases, you need your skin covered and protected without any fabric weight to cook you. For wicking fabric, as you'll often find in polo shirts, bring only the thinner varieties.

If you're in doubt, try my 'Thailand test': run a hot shower in your bathroom to create a hot and steamy environment – then try your wickables. Are they going to cooperate in the tropics? As with lightweight merino, you’ll enjoy greater comfort if you avoid anything tight.

3. Skin-protecting UPF fabrics

What to Wear in Thailand? Skin-protecting UPF fabrics

In addition to sunscreen, discussed above, there’s a real genius to packing some UPF clothing for Thailand. Its magic? It retains its UPF protection even when wet. If you’re on a snorkelling trip, for example, you’ll be in and out of the water too often to successfully reapply sunscreen. (Imagine trying to moisturise a sea lion). Instead, UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) clothing like rash-guards and sun-shirts can literally save your hide.

As mentioned, merino clothing has UPF ( Woolx’s lightweight clothes have UPF 25) and many of the wicking/quick-dry options from Columbia/Patagonia and the like offer similar. If the finished effect is "Nicole Kidman goes to Mars", you've done enough. ‍

Tip: Looking for a swim shirt or rash guard? Choose one with a higher neck, long sleeves and ideally one that’s not skin-tight. It will be too hot to wear this sitting around the pool in Thailand's humidity (choose a linen cover-up instead) but you’ll depend on its protection whenever you’re spending extended periods in or on the water.

If you’re shopping for a UPF sun hat, make sure it floats and has a drawstring (or it will fly off your head the second you get on a boat). I have this sun hat (pictured above) and can report that it stays attached to your head in near gale-force winds. (It's machine washable, too).

4. Cotton? Rayon? Polyester? Denim?

While linen is my favourite fabric to wear in Thailand, you’ll expand your clothing options if you include thin cotton (like cotton voile) or light-weight viscose or rayon. None of these is wicking, though, so perhaps pack them only if they fill a particular packing void. Rayon, while not as cool as linen, has a great drape for ‘instant dressy’. It's not wrinkle-proof, but a quick blast with your travel steamer is an immediate fix.

What fabric to avoid in Thailand

Anything lined with polyester

‍ It will melt and so will you. If you’re packing skirts or dresses, double-check that any lining isn’t polyester. If so, leave it behind. In Thailand, it’s as good as wearing a Ziplock bag. ‍

Jeans or denim

‍ Thais can wear jeans thanks to a lifetime of heat-acclimation. You? You’ll combust. Jean shorts or cut-offs aren’t suitable either: they’re too short culturally and too thick for the climate. (See the 10 mistakes I made on my first trip to Thailand – #1 included jean shorts).

What to wear in Bangkok?

“You’re a very nice man. But you have such ugly shoes.”This was the helpful goodbye from the receptionist, as a family member left an upscale Bangkok hotel ... wearing Crocs. Lesson? Consider Bangkok the shiny metropolitan city that it is – and dress accordingly. ‍

Tip: Want to enjoy better service in Bangkok? Dress nicer than the unwashed masses tourist fray.

What should men wear in Bangkok?

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Collared shirts or polos are recommended (instead of T-shirts or – Australia! – singlets) and … not Crocs. Pants or trousers are culturally preferable to shorts. For shoes, choose loafers or boat shoes over flip-flops or running shoes (really – stand back and watch service levels improve), but ensure they're slip-on rather than laced. ‍

Tip: Before you start packing, don’t miss the best shoes to wear in Thailand . You’ll want to know in advance why I’m telling you to avoid shoe laces.

What should women wear in Bangkok?

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Rather than baring all your bits, conjure Reese Witherspoon on an August day in Georgia. Thai women (bar girls notwithstanding) don’t really ‘do’ cleavage.

What to wear at night in Bangkok?

While the above suggestions are ideal for daytime sightseeing and shopping in Bangkok, you'll want to note a different dress code for dressier destinations at night – worth noting if you're headed to a glitzy Bangkok rooftop bar or a nice restaurant. Embrace you inner Serena van der Woodsen: Thailand edition.

What to wear in Phuket or Koh Samui?

What should you wear at the beach or pool in thailand.

Bikinis, trunks and typical resort wear are de facto at the beach and pool on Koh Samui, Phuket and similar beach destinations in Thailand. However, note the Thai modesty difference: Unlike in other island destinations, you should cover up with some shorts and a shirt (or similar) when you leave the beach or pool (e.g to have lunch at a beach restaurant) or explore the town. ‍

Swimsuits for Thailand

What should you wear at the beach or pool in Thailand?

Women: Ideally, choose a swimsuit for Thailand that's on the more modest end of the spectrum (so, like, the opposite of Love Island). Of course, if you're staying somewhere private like a pool villa or an Airbnb then wear any swimsuit you like – but at a resort pool or on a Thai beach, your bits are best left to the imagination.

Always wear your bikini top. Topless sunbathing is a total taboo. No one’s going to lock you up, but it will make locals nearby very uncomfortable.

Men: Easy – Any swim trunks are fine. Your standard-issue ‘man shorts’ mean your modesty never need be a problem (just put your shirt back on when you leave the beach). ‍

Beach cover-ups

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Pop quiz – you're grabbing a hotel lunch or heading to a beach bar, what do you do? Answer: Grab your cover-up. Any of these beach cover-ups are perfectly suitable for walking along a touristy beach or around your resort in Thailand. However, when you head into the real world (for beach-town shopping or other excursions), real clothes (shorts/t-shirt) are more suitable.

Stick with natural fabrics for cover-ups and – generally – fairly modest coverage. Here, I give some superb cover-up options that are suitable for Thailand’s humid climate and offer great sun protection. ‍

Tip: When shopping, you’ll probably see a lot of robe-style cover-ups that are 100% polyester. Laugh, say “nope”, and shut the tab. ‍

Beach shoes and sandals for Thailand

Beach shoes and sandals for Thailand

Flip-flops are a perennial favourite, but if you want to come to Thailand with just one pair of shoes – any of the following will be versatile enough to take you 'wear-ever' you want to go. Choose leather-style sandals for a dressier trip, sandals for supreme comfort and Tevas for adventurous Thailand itineraries. ‍

Tip: If your hotel has a rocky beach (or you want to explore all the shorelines you can find), consider a pair of aqua socks or water shoes as well. (Note that many hotels realise that a rocky beach isn’t a sales feature and leave this for you to discover on arrival). ‍

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What to wear in Phuket or Koh Samui?

What to do with your stuff at the beach? I was excited to 'discover' SPIbelts because it finally answered the "what do you do with your stuff" situation when you want to do something at the beach. You don't want to leave your valuables on your beach towel, nor do you want to drag a bag along.

One of these pocket belts keeps your cash/phone/keys literally on your person at all times – leaving both hands free for beach tennis. I've tried one – worn under my shirt in Koh Samui's hottest month – it works perfectly. If it gets too hot, just adjust it a little looser around your waist. If you want to wear it swimming or kayaking, just tuck your phone inside a waterproof case . First-world problems, solved!

What to wear in Thai beach towns?

What to wear in Thai beach towns?

1) linen-blend shirt , 2) 100% linen shirt , 3) men's shorts and 4) slip-on boat shoes

It couldn't be easier: Grab your favourite pair of mid-length shorts, add a comfortable pair of flip-flops, a stack of thin t-shirts and some linen shirts or polos. To dress properly in Thailand's beach towns is no great mystery – just a matter of basic observation and respect.

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Do Thai men go to the supermarket shirtless and barefoot? No. Do Thai women ride scooters in bikinis? Nope. It’s just like at home: beach stuff stays on the beach. Other than that – it’s hot, and you’re on vacation. How to stay as comfortable as possible? It’s all in your fabric choice: linen, and more linen. Don't forget your bug spray. ‍

Tip: Koh Samui is a casual place so don’t worry about the dress code beyond cultural requirements. At the fanciest brunch, a pressed linen shirt and linen trousers (men) and a casual ‘resort-wear’ day dress (women) are as dressy as you’ll need to be. For everywhere else, shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops are the island uniform.

What to wear at Thai temples?

Pay particular attention to the dress code for Thai temples as it’s where you’re most likely to offend. Most temples with tourist traffic have signs asking visitors to cover up, yet you’ll see many oblivious souls who still manage to miss this final memo. ‍

What's appropriate clothing for Thai temples?

What to wear at Thai temples?

The basic rule is to cover your shoulders and knees (both sexes), and ideally, you’d cover your ankles too. On the bottom, wear longer shorts, capris, pants/trousers or a knee-length-or-longer skirt. On top, choose any shirt that fully covers your shoulders and has zero cleavage.

A T-shirt, blouse or polo is fine, while a tank top is not. However, a pashmina or scarf worn around the shoulders over a tank top is acceptable (or used as a makeshift long skirt), so it’s easy to get ‘temple worthy’ quite quickly. Note that, as in many tourist hot-spots, there's an increased chance of encountering pickpockets at Bangkok's busiest temples . I've recommended an anti-theft bag here as a total precaution – not necessary but prudent if you do a lot of sightseeing. ‍

Shoes for Thai temples? ‍

You’ll politely take your shoes off and leave them at the temple gate (or, at smaller temples like Koh Samui’s Big Buddha, at the stairs to the Buddha). Don’t wear laced shoes; tying and untying shoe laces? No thanks. A slip-on shoe is ideal. Closed-toe shoes are more appropriate than sandals or flip-flops, whether loafers or flats. ‍

Tip: For all your shoe questions, see the best shoes to wear in Thailand . ‍

Socks for Thai temples?

You'll leave your shoes outside and enter temples barefoot. However, the tiled floors at many temples get extremely hot in the Thai sun – painfully so. You might want to bring a pair of ankle socks with you, to put on at the temple entrance. Be careful in socks, though, as the floors can be slippery – so a pair of “grippy socks” or “barre socks” is ideal.

Socks aren't necessary for temples, just nice to have (but if you’ve read this far then you’re OCD enough to want all bases covered). Other than perhaps using the hotel gym , this would be the only occasion you'd ever consider wearing socks in Thailand.

Let's recap

Generally – go 'more modest than not'. Choose clothes that hit closer to your knees than anatomy in the opposite direction. Consider this more/less bendy, depending on your destination.

Snorkelling on Samui? Be really careful of the sun.

Browsing Bangkok’s malls? You’re in tropical Manhattan – no flip-flops.

Hiking with hill tribes? Cover up .

Remember 'no shoes/no shirt/no service' (even at the beach) and choose your most lightweight fabrics. You can never go wrong with 100% linen. Easy. With these tips, you can easily enjoy total comfort in Thailand’s culture and climate, no matter what you have planned.

What to Wear in Thailand?

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What to Wear in Thailand: Stay Practical, Cool & Respectful

Upon landing in Thailand, you’ll likely be greeted by warm, sunny weather and a serious blast of humidity.

That jumper you wore on the plane will have you sweating like crazy as soon as you exit the airport arrivals floor.

But before you tear off your clothes and go bare-chested, or put on a bikini or pair of Speedos, bear in mind that Thai culture promotes a conservative dress code in public.

With this in mind, you will need to pack clothes that help you stay cool and look casual, and conservative when necessary – when visiting cultural sites and temples.

It's not just about making sure you're not offending anyone, but also about being comfortable and not dripping in sweat.

This guide will help you pack the right attire for your trip:

You'll learn what's appropriate on the beach and in the local town, what clothes are best to wear when shopping in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and what clobber to wear in the evening when you're up for a party.

From the shops to the beach to the bar, this guide contains everything you need to know.

What to Wear in Thailand: Cultural Tips 101

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Traditional dress in Thailand is modest, characterized by fitted clothes that cover the legs and arms.

Even though it's boiling hot, you may be shocked to see Thais wearing long trousers (pants) and long sleeves. Often just looking at locals makes you feel hot.

One reason for this is to cover their skin from the sun, but another is that Thai culture values modesty, along with respect and courtesy too.

Many Thais, particularly women, feel more comfortable in modest clothing. That's not to say Thai women don't love dressing up for an evening out like Western females do, but there's a time and a place.

This is certainly the case at local temples and when visiting government buildings and places considered to be of a “high level”.

Unsuspecting tourists may find themselves getting a few frowns from locals for wearing package-hugging shorts and a vest at a temple, or for walking shirtless around a shopping center.

Aim to be a traveler who’s in touch with the local customs by treating places of worship and authority with respect.

Of course this is a holiday, and naturally you'll be packing your shorts, vests, and flip flops, but you should also bring some full length trousers and a shirt or two with you – one with short and one with long sleeves.

For those staying at 4/5 star hotels, it isn't the done thing to wear a vest down to dinner in the evening, so you may need some casual garments.

For men: throw in a couple of polo shirts, button-down collared shirts, and full length cotton/linen trousers. You'll certainly need these if visiting the Grand Palace and other temples.

For women: bring along loose pants and tops that cover the shoulders. Summer dresses are great as they are versatile and can be worn in many situations, keeping you cool and looking modest.

For public places, you might choose to avoid spaghetti strap tops, especially without a bra underneath – this is a classic tourist error.

That said, you can always drape a shawl or sweater over your shoulders when need be.

All tops should have modest necklines. Too much cleavage is considered immodest, particularly on public transport.

Even though you will most likely see some cleavage on show from young Thai women, particularly in Bangkok, you won't get a pass because you are the foreigner :).

That's the way it goes!

Materials for Keeping Cool

If possible, wear clothes made from a moisture-wicking fabric; it will help immensely with the heat and humidity.

If you can’t find quick-dry, buy clothes that are synthetic-polyester blends.

Though they don’t sound appealing, they’ll be much lighter and airier than cotton, which gets soggy from sweat.

Be careful with your choice of long pants and jeans. While an acceptable form of leg wear, they can also be stifling if you’re not used to the heat. The last thing you want is a sweaty crutch and wet patches showing on your bottom.

Choose light, airy garments. Thailand gets really humid; to the point that you'll find yourself sweating just minutes after having a shower.

Keep a light top or shawl handy, though. The air-con in malls, shops, and hotels can be really cold, and coming in from one temperature extreme to another can at times make you feel feverish – especially when you're feeling jet lagged.

Practical Footwear

Before you depart on your Thai adventure, don’t forget to consider your footwear.

You should opt for comfort first and style second. After all, you are likely to be doing a lot of walking.

Some tuff rubber-soled sandal-type shoes – with good ventilation – that can easily be slipped on and off are perfect.

Instead of, or in addition to, bringing flip flops for the beach, I recommend beach shoes that can be worn around the pool, on the beach and in the water. Flip flops are good for slipping on and off but beach shoes can be kept on and tend to protect your feet better.

Keep in mind that if it rains it may be slippery ( check the weather for that time of year), and the water can come up past your ankles in some places. So don’t waste space packing too many heels or shoes that can’t be worn in a range of weather situations.

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When it rains, it can rain hard. You don't want to be wearing socks and non-waterproof shoes!

Avoid bringing shoes that insulate your feet, like heavily lined boots. Such shoes require socks, which you generally won't be wearing. Socks get very smelly in Thailand!

If you're trekking this will be an exception, but go for lightweight trekking boots if you can.

Note that you will be removing your shoes frequently, as it is customary to take off your shoes when entering Thai homes, some shops, your hotel room, and temples. So you'll want to pack easy slip-on-slip-off shoes.

While taking off your shoes is customary when entering someone's home and some shops, do not walk around without shoes on in the street.

This is a common mistake that tourists make, particularly on the islands.

The islands make you feel free and want to let go of your cultural norms, but Thai culture has specific rules pertaining to feet. Walking around the city and then entering a temple, home or shop is considered dirty and potentially offensive.

Certainly don't sit down and put your feet up so that they are pointing at people waking past or sitting opposite. Soles of the feet should remain on the floor.

Clothes for City Shopping

When shopping, adhere to the general rules of modesty and wear clean, non-revealing clothes.

Casual-cool is a good way to describe a positive dress code.

Again, just because you see a Thai person doing it, doesn't mean you should do it too.

You may see a woman wearing a really short skirt and high heels, or a man with his t-shirt rolled up to his chest to give his stomach some air, but that doesn't mean it's acceptable for you to do the same.

Ladies, wear a bra, or a sports bra if that's more comfortable in the heat. No nipple exposure please!

Men, no Euro-style shorts with your package on show. And put a top on. We don't care if you have a six-pack or not, even though I'm jealous!

Thailand Dress-Code at the Beach

Thousands travel to Thailand’s southern shores to splash in the Kingdom’s crystal blue waters, which of course necessitates a bathing suit.

You'll notice when you go to the beach that most Thais are fully clothed on both sand and in the sea.

This is quite typical; largely because they are covering up from the sun and don't want to get any browner.

You will notice that Thais tend to go to the beach after 4pm when the sun is much weaker. They think we are crazy for doing otherwise!

So, what should you wear on the beach in Thailand?

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Two-piece swimsuits are fine on the beach, but have a sarong to hand to cover up when you walk away from the beach.

Swimming trunks or shorts are acceptable for men, and it is generally acceptable for female travelers to wear a two-piece bathing suit.

Women should try to wear suits that are not overly revealing, especially in areas of Thailand that are adjacent to Malaysia: there’s a large, conservative Muslim population there.

Thongs are generally a no-no and may attract a lot of the wrong attention.

The beach is pretty relaxed though, and no one is going to tell you off for a revealing costume.

Topless bathing is unacceptable, and certainly don't go nude!

What you really need to be aware of at the seaside is the etiquette when walking away from the beach.

Always have a cover-up handy, and never walk through a neighboring beach town without proper shoes and a sarong or t-shirt on.

The same rules apply for riding motorbikes. Visitors should never hop atop a scooter in their bathing suits or without shoes.

That said, many guys wear swimming shorts instead of trunks, which are of course fine for riding a scooter.

Either way, good etiquette is to put on shorts and t-shirt/vest when riding/walking around.

Visiting Temples & Historical Sites

If you’re visiting a temple, opt for loose fitting breathable clothes.

The general rule is that the shoulders and knees should be covered; a practice that applies to both men and women.

Women should opt for knee-length shorts, a skirt to the knee or beyond, or a dress. Leggings are often frowned upon, so try to wear flowing pants or a long skirt if you can.

Women can carry a sarong or scarf to tie around their waist or throw over their shoulders if need be.

Men should completely button their long sleeve shirts and wear trousers. Cotton or linen full length trousers work nicely, as does a long sleeve cotton/linen top, with or without buttons.

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These tops are great for temple visits. Pick one up for around 200 Baht in Thailand.

Some temples are stricter than others, and you may not be allowed to enter if you don't have the proper garb. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a prime example of strict dress code.

Clothes for Trekking

If you’re planning a jungle adventure, you’ll need to pack accordingly.

Be sure to bring good hiking or trekking shoes/boots that have a deep tread. The Thai jungle is often wet from rain, and you don’t want to slip.

Be sure that your boots are lightweight and easy-dry. Pack long socks that will cover your ankles and shin skin.

Keep in mind that sandals and other open style footwear are a bad idea for even light trekking, since they allow easy access for hungry mosquitoes and leeches, not to mention that any exposed skin may be hurt on hazardous terrain.

Though it’ll likely be humid, your best bet is to hike in sports leggings, long pants or light sweatpants.

It’s also wise to bring along a poncho or raincoat in case of a sudden downpour. Always carry mosquito and bug repellent on a jungle adventure.

Clothes for the Bar & Disco

If all you’re after is a cold beer at the end of a hot day, you can relax because most casual bars in Thailand don’t have a dress code.

Of course, a fancy hotel will have a dress code, and “hi-society” bars and clubs in areas of Bangkok like Thong Lor will do too.

Regardless, you’ll want to make sure that you’re seen in a good light and that you're being respectful.

Choose tops with sleeves and bottoms that extend to the knees.

Wear shoes, and make sure you’re showered, even after a long day of exploring in the sun! Thais tend to take at least two showers a day, so make sure you aren't the one smelly foreigner :).

If the venue is a fancy one in the city, you can bet that there will be a dress code.

Men should shy away from wearing vests, shorts, or flip flops.

Both men and women should eschew athletic wear and choose footwear other than sneakers.

Baseball hates usually aren't allowed, and the same goes for sandals and open-toed shoes.

General Footwear Tips

While they may not be everyone's cup of tea, Crocs are a lifesaver in Thailand.

Lightweight, comfortable, waterproof and bacteria free, they’re pretty much the optimal shoe for a climate like Thailand's.

For those who don't like the clog style Crocs, men can choose from a loafer style and women can even pick up Croc ballet flats.

You don't have to pay the expensive price for the original Croc brand either. There are a number of Croc-like shoes available in markets all across Thailand that will do the job.

The reason I suggest Crocs is because you won't want to wear socks in Thailand, but when you wear trainers or shoes with a thick lining, without socks the shoes will start to smell because of the bacteria that builds up in the heat.

The key is comfortable and breathable, and to avoid any shoe that will make your foot sweat and smell.

Your feet will definitely thank you!

10 Essentials for Your Packing List

  • A good pair of breathable walking shoes that you can slip on and off
  • A versatile and non-wrinkly shawl
  • Loose, breathable pants (linen is a great option)
  • Sunglasses and a sun hat
  • Men: A polo top or collared shirt
  • Women: A beach coverup or sarong
  • Quick dry t-shirts for  hot days
  • A poncho or a raincoat: you can also buy cheap ones in Thailand from 7-Eleven
  • Mosquito repellant

10 Tips You'll thank Me For

  • Remember that you are a visitor, and therefore you should act politely and respectfully. Sometimes that means dressing the part, even if you see others doing the opposite. Set the example, don't follow the crowd.
  • Avoid immodest outfits in cities and rural towns.
  • Always bring sufficient covering when visiting sacred and holy sites.
  • Beware of mosquitoes: They are especially active at night, so take care and use spray on bare arms and legs.
  • Shower regularly: the Kingdom is hot and humid and you’ll likely get sweaty and stinky after a few hours of exploration. Thai culture appreciates cleanliness and good hygiene.
  • In addition to frequent showers, use anti-perspirant.
  • Prepare for the sun: the sun in Thailand may be much stronger than what you’re used to. Bring along a hat, sunblock, and shades to keep cool.
  • Avoid moisturizer! It can block your pores and make your skin sweat even more.
  • Opt for light makeup that won't sweat, drip, and stain your clothes.
  • Do laundry frequently: There are many self service laundromats in Thailand, but you can also get it done cheaply and reliably through your guesthouse or hotel. Take advantage of these services and wash your clothes often – or they will smell!

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What to Wear in Bangkok and Northern Thailand

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Planning a trip to Bangkok and Northern Thailand? Here are some of our best tips on what to pack!

Written by: Kelly Ella Maz

Bangkok and the north of Thailand pose a bit of a packing dilemma. In this area of Southeast Asia the temperatures fluctuate quite a bit between morning, afternoon and night – and your travel capsule wardrobe has to reflect that!

Multi-use items and layers are best, and I’ve got six must-pack items listed below. Keep reading to find out what to wear in Bangkok and Northern Thailand!

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Pants for Visiting Temples

A pair of comfortable and airy pants are crucial for when planning what to wear in Bangkok and northern Thailand! There’s literally hundreds of beautiful temples, all of which have very strict dress codes.

For women no knees can be shown (some say even ankles shouldn’t be showing) so a pair of pants is the best thing to wear. I prefer a pair of pants that’s lightweight because it can get very hot in Thailand and the last thing you want to do on a hot day is wear pants! Make it a little easier on yourself by choosing a comfortable pair.

TFG loves these awesome  Athleta pants !

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Likewise, Bring Leggings!

If the heat is really too unbearable for you and you just can’t wear pants then follow me footsteps and throw a pair of leggings in your purse!

While sightseeing in Bangkok I wore a short cotton dress to stay cool and comfortable, but when it was time to visit a temple I threw on my leggings and wore my dress as a tunic with pants.

Find out the best leggings for travel!

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Lightweight Scarf

When in Doubt, Pack a Scarf

A scarf is another item you’ll want to pack when planning what to wear in Bangkok and northern Thailand. Use it to either cover your shoulders at a temple, or to use as an extra layer of warmth at night.

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north both get surprisingly chilly at night, and having a scarf (and leggings) will help you transition from hot afternoons to chilly nights.

The key to packing light is to use packing cubes to compress your clothing as shown in this video!

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Cotton Dress

Stick to Light Fabrics

Yes, the nights can get cool… but I promise you the days will be scorching hot! After a day of sightseeing you’ll probably be a hot sweaty mess, so do yourself a favor and only pack light, breathable clothing. Fabrics like cotton and so much better in this heat than polyester!

Find out what other fabrics are good for hot weather!

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Athletic Clothes

Athletic Clothes are Always Good

Athletic shorts, tank tops and t-shirts can look quite chic and still act very functional as well, and are a great alternative to cotton.

Check out Lorna Jane , Athleta , and Zella for stylish workout clothes that look like regular clothes. All brands carry everything from dresses to shorts that look like they’re designed for lunch dates – not the gym! As an added bonus their sweat-wicking materials will keep you dry on hot days.

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Low Top Sneaker

Comfortable Shoes to Last All Day

Not only will you do a lot of walking while exploring cities like Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, but you’ll also be walking on very uneven surfaces. Don’t expect clean, flat sidewalks in this area of the world!

Although popular to wear in Thailand,  flip flops are not only bad for your feet during this kind of travel, but they can easily break. Save your feet and wear a pair of casual shoes instead – like Toms, Crocs or Converse. Personally, I prefer something that’s easy to wash so I stay away from white Converse.

Scared of Crocs? You have to read why this traveler thinks they’re the perfect travel shoes !

These are the best travel shoes for Southeast Asia !

Thailand Travel Tips

Cheap Airfare

My favorite airline to fly economy to Southeast Asia is Japan Airlines and China Airlines has a very comfortable Premium Economy – it’s more like business class!

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Read this post for my five step process to find the best flight deals .

Accommodation

When traveling to less expensive destinations such as Southeast Asia or Central America, I prefer to stay in local guesthouses rather than Airbnb because they’re more cost effective. I book guesthouses and hotels or resorts, using Booking.com or  Agoda.com.  Depending on how long you’re traveling you can also walk around to find good deals upon arrival.

You can stay in a lovely place for under $30 a night depending on the location. Anything 1000-2000 baht ($30-$60) is more than enough. no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a hotel room. I would usually spend between 500-750 baht. you get alot of value for your money.

OR if you want to splurge on a four star hotel, you can stay at one here between $150 – $250. Many people do this for the last couple of days of their trip to experience a luxury hotel much cheaper than anywhere else in the world. I like the Conrad Hotel.

Suggested 2 Week Itinerary for Thailand  (December – April)

Bangkok 2 nights – fly to Chiang Mai (4 nights) – fly to Phuket (4 nights) – Bangkok (1-2 nights)

In Bangkok: Khao San Rd is the party backpacker area but it’s very convenient when you’re short on time. You can find cheap eats, cheap shopping, convenient tours, and a good time if you’re looking for one. See the Grand Palace nearby, visit the floating market, and then take a tour to Ayutthaya amongst many other things.

In Chiang Mai: Do a 2-night trek with family homestay. Book the trek in a travel agency there for cheapest price. Do this cooking class – it’s INCREDIBLE. Be aware of animal tours as some hurt the animals. Book reputable companies by doing your research.

In Phuket: fly into Phuket BUT DO NOT stay in Patong (it’s a shady area). From Phuket go to Krabi instead and visit beautiful Raleigh Bay. (Phuket is pronounced poo-ket.) You can also go to the Phi Phi Islands from here (pronounced pee-pee). The island itself might be busy but the boat tour around the islands is phenomenal! You can also scuba dive here, too.

Rainy season in the South lasts from May – November in the West Coast and December to April in the East Coast. Rainy season in the North (generally anything North of Bangkok) is from May to November.

Suggested 2 Week Itinerary for Thailand  (May – November)

Bangkok 2 nights – fly to Chiang Mai (4 nights) – fly to Koh Samui (4 nights) – Bangkok (1-2 nights)

Follow the same tips mentioned above for Bangkok and Chiang Mai but instead of going to Phuket, go to the islands on the other side. You can fly into Koh Samui but you can also visit Koh Phangan (Full Moon Party) or Koh Tao (learn how to scuba dive).

Koh Samui is for families, honeymooners, and vacation-goers while the other two islands are more backpacker-oriented. Yoga is very popular in Koh Phangan. If you stay in Koh Samui, this sailing tour is AMAZING!

For more travel tips, check out the this Southeast Asia Packing List !

What are your tips on what to wear in Bangkok and Northern Thailands ? Please comment below!

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21 Comments

Heather Hobbs

My husband and I will be doing 8 days in Thailand after Japan, I wanted to attempt Bangkok, Chang Mai, and also a beach, what do you recommend for that length of stay?

Alex

Hi Heather, I am afraid that we cannot help you with your question. To get the best advice, I would highly recommend that you join TFG’s free facebook community and post your question there https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelfashiongirls/ It is a fabulous group of helpful female travelers that have the best advice and suggestions to share. Sorry we could not have been of more help 🙁 Have an amazing time on your trip!

Chandanie Perez

Hi Alex, can you recommend a day trek and an elephant sanctuary to in Chiang Mia. Thank you

Cyntha

thanks for the article! will be in Bangkok in three days, and now I know what to pack 😀

Hi Cyntha, thank you so much for your comment, so glad you found the article helpful! 🙂

Leine

I am going to Bangkok, Thailand this November for a tour with my two best buddies..Thanks for your site, your tips are very helpful 😉

Lindsey G

All great tips! I’m going to Thailand in December and will keep this handy. My one issue is traveling from winter weather to summer weather, with a stopover in cold-weather area. Does anyone have tips on how to accomplish this with a carry on?

theresia

thanks God, i read about this! really helpful. i used to overpacked… and next week i will go to Bangkok. i should re-pack my things now.

alex

Happy to help 🙂 You might also like this post, too: https://travelfashiongirl.com/thailand-packing-list-islands-beaches-and-buckets/

Bambi

Thank you for having an innovative and informative website. I found the information to be very helpful for my upcoming 14-day trip to Thailand scheduled in April.

I want to be fashionable, practical and comfortable at the same time and I was able to confirm that I was on the right track after reviewing the information on your website. When packing, I will consider the clothing customs and requirements when visiting the temples and restaurants.

I love the fact that you provided the viewers with pictures of outfits and the custom requirements. Thank you for providing the essential information that I couldn’t find as comprehensive anywhere else.

Thanks Bambi, happy to help ☺️

Rt

Athletic clothes NEVER look chic. They look exactly like what they are and while you can wear them. They are frowned on as inappropriate in many places. Particularly restaurants. Never at night.

alex

Athletic clothing has come a long way, and many styles are actually quite chic and easily disguised. I wouldn’t recommend them for a nice restaurant, of course, but for sightseeing during the day they are a great option! Thanks for reading!

MARIANNE PIDECH

These tips really helped me while planning for my trip to Thailand. Keep doing what you’re doing! I will always refer to this site when planning for future trips!!

Travel Fashion Girl

Thanks for your comment Marianne! We are so glad you’ve found them useful! We hope you had a wonderful time in Thailand!

Marion Cooper

I am going to Bangkok on holiday this year so your tips are very helpful. Thank you

Thanks Marion, have a great trip! I LOVE THAILAND 🙂

Leonie

Glad I read this post as im off to Thailand next month!

Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

Have a wonderful trip!

Phebe

If you go to the Royal Palace in Bangkok, also wear a top with sleeves. They won’t let you in if you have a shawl covering your shoulders and arms. I was forced to rent a really ugly men’s shirt to meet their requirements. (And no shorts for men, either!)

Great tip Phebe!

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Thailand lures every type of traveler, whether you’re seeking the luxury of Bangkok’s high-rise hotels or the lush white sand beaches of Koh Samui. Wherever you’re heading, you’ll want to pack light, as you’ll likely want to move around the country — which stretches over 1,000 miles from north to south, and spans hundreds of islands — and you won’t want your luggage to weigh you down.

“In Thailand, visitors need only worry about a wet or dry season. Either way, it will be hot and most likely, humid,” says Rosemarie Domdom, the director of sales and marketing at Rosewood Bangkok. Prioritizing pieces that are lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying will help to keep you feeling fresh throughout your trip, while accessories like an umbrella and a sun hat will come in handy throughout the year. Here’s everything you’ll need for a trip to Thailand, from Bangkok to the beach and beyond.

Thailand is hot and humid year round, so whether you’re taking in the sights and sounds (and smells!) of Bangkok, or snorkeling and sunbathing in Phuket, the main thing to keep in mind is to pack lightweight, casual clothing.

“Thailand has three seasons, which are summer, rainy, and winter. We do not dress that much differently from season to season as it’s still hot for all three,” explains Minnie Leelakhajornkiat, a tour director for EF Ultimate Break Thailand.

Versatility is key — you’ll want to prioritize neutral pieces that can mix and match easily between the capital city and the islands, to make the most of your travel wardrobe. Performance fabrics are always a plus, as anything moisture-wicking and odor-resistant will be incredibly useful in the country’s exceptional heat. During the rainy season, quick-drying clothing will also come in handy.

Casual, laidback style is the way to go in Thailand, where very few places will have a dress code besides religious sites. “Travelers, especially female travelers, are asked to dress conservatively, covering shoulders, upper body, waist, ankles, etc. for the Grand Palace,” Leelakhajornkiat says, noting that clothing shouldn’t be sheer or too form-fitting if you’re visiting a religious or royal site.

Layers of linen or other airy materials are ideal for keeping your luggage to a minimum, as they pair easily together. You can easily find quality linen clothing from several brands . “People normally wear light or thin clothes that the wind can pass through,” Leelakhajornkiat says of how locals and visitors dress in the summer. She notes that during the rainy season, which peaks in September and October, an umbrella and waterproof layer are ideal. In winter, “Thai residents and travelers normally wear long sleeve shirts and long pants,” she says, adding that she recommends packing a lightweight sweater if you’ll be heading north to Chiang Mai, where the temperature dips. Note that packing light is ideal, as you’ll likely want to take hopper flights or ferries between islands, both of which typically have luggage restrictions.

Best Daywear

Best pants for women, amazon essentials women's linen blend drawstring wide leg pant.

Linen is a breezy, easily packable material that’s ideal for Thailand’s generally hot climate. These drawstring pants are an excellent, budget-friendly dupe of Reformation’s Olina Linen Pant — the primary difference being that these are a linen-cotton blend, and slightly more cropped. They offer a bit of sun protection during the day while still allowing plenty of air to pass through, and provide just enough warmth for breezy evenings by the beach. We love that these are easy to pair with just about anything in your suitcase and the darker shades in particular transition well from day to night. With 12 shades to choose from, you might even want to grab two pairs — you’ll be living in these!

Best Pants for Men

Coofandy men's casual linen pants.

Similar to the women’s style, these linen drawstring pants are breathable and easy to pull on, making them an excellent choice for daily wear whether you’re exploring the islands or cruising along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. They’re crafted from a blend of viscose and linen, which makes them even softer than a pure linen style would be. Rear buttoned pockets and side pockets ensure you can keep your phone, wallet, and other travel essentials on you at all times.

Best Casual Shorts

Everlane the easy short.

It’s hard to beat the Everlane Easy Short, which is — as the name suggests — easy to pair with just about everything in both the men’s and women’s styles. Slip them on with your favorite shirt and sandals for a day of sightseeing, or over your bathing suit when you’re heading out to the beach. The waistband offers a good amount of stretch while still maintaining its shape, and never feels constricting — so you can fill up to your heart’s content on Thai street food. Lightweight cotton twill is breathable and dries quickly, making these a great option for everyday wear when you want a laid back yet pulled-together look. Note that these are not considered appropriate for women visiting temples — opt for pants or a long dress instead.

Best Top for Women

Quince vintage wash tencel camp shirt.

A button-down is perhaps the most versatile top to have in your travel wardrobe, and this chic oversized version from Quince checks every box. It’s soft and breathable, with a relaxed fit that will ensure you never overheat on even the stickiest days — making it perfect for visiting temples. Generally, temples require you to cover your shoulders in order to enter, and this top does the trick, and allows excellent airflow to boot. It’s crafted from Tencel Lyocell, which is exceptionally durable, sustainably sourced, and boasts moisture-wicking capabilities to keep you feeling fresh all day long. The material is also resistant to wrinkles, shrinking, and static, making it a dream for backpackers who want a low-maintenance staple. Wear it open over a swimsuit or as a lightweight layer on breezy days.

Best Shirt for Men

Quince men's 100% european linen short sleeve shirt.

You can scoop up Quince’s best-selling linen button down in six shades, from classic white to a summery terracotta hue that’s sure to pop against Chiang Rai’s all-white temple, Wat Rong Khun. Lightweight and breezy, it’s a perfect layer for beach days, yet the classic fit is also refined enough to wear for an evening out at Bangkok’s famous Sky Bar . It’s a versatile wardrobe staple crafted from top-quality European linen, and we love that it comes at an unbeatable price.

Best Swimsuit for Women

Left on friday sunday top and wear to bottom.

Whether you’re partying with an international crowd of backpackers on Koh Samui or enjoying a more relaxing getaway along the palm-fringed waters of Koh Kood, a swimsuit is absolutely essential — it may even end up being the article of clothing you wear the most throughout your trip. This set from Left on Friday feels secure and stylish, with a flattering and slightly compressive fit. The material is super soft, quick-drying, fade-resistant, and doesn’t easily stain from chlorine or salt water, so it’ll last you quite a few seasons. If you prefer more coverage or a high-waisted style, consider their Hi Hi Bottom instead.

Best Swimsuit for Men

Vuori banks short.

These buttery-soft, quick-drying shorts from Vuori earned our top pick for men’s swimsuits during our swimsuit tests, beating out over 40 options that we tried. We found that they worked as a swimsuit-shorts hybrid, meaning they’ll pull double duty in your suitcase: wear them from the hotel to lunch, and straight on to the beach from there — just note that they may run slightly long. They’re unlined, dry quickly, and boast a small zippered pocket for keys, making them a perfect option for all-day wear if you’re not looking to take your swimsuit on and off. We also love that the comfortable “VCycled” fabric is also made from recycled plastic bottles.

Best Rain Jacket

Outdoor research women's aspire super stretch jacket.

Thailand’s rainy season runs from July to October, with brief but heavy storms marking the earlier part of the season and daily deluges lasting throughout the later end. If you’re planning to visit during this time, a reliable rain jacket is a must-have. We tested 17 raincoats for men and 23 for women , and in both cases, Outdoor Research had the clear winner. It’s lightweight, which is ideal for Thailand’s warmer temperatures and for easy packing. It’s also incredibly waterproof — rain flew off of the jacket during a downpour without absorbing into the material at all. We also love that the back features a stretchy fabric, which ensures you’ll still have full range of motion for any hikes or cave explorations.

Best Nightwear

Reformation tyra knit dress.

Fitted and ultra-flattering, this knit dress from Reformation is your one-and-done look for a night on the town in Bangkok. Whether you’re taking in the city’s magnificent views from the Sky Bar or dining at the Standard Hotel’s glamorous Ojo restaurant, it’s a chic way to look pulled together without having to put in much effort. With an elegant scoop neckline and a calf-length hem, it’s an understated and versatile piece that’s easy to dress up or down. Plus, the cotton fabric is lightweight and stretchy, so it’s easy to pack and won’t take up much space in your suitcase.

Best Light Layer

Everlane the ultrafine merino ribbed cardigan.

Despite Thailand’s generally warm climate, it’s always a good idea to pack a lightweight layer — you can wear it on the plane, or bring it out with you on breezy evenings. This ultra thin cardigan from Everlane is a versatile option that can take you from day to night, and can even be buttoned and worn on its own as a long-sleeved top. It’s made from super soft merino wool, which helps to wick moisture away from the body and thermoregulates to keep you feeling cool. Available in classic shades like black, gray, and taupe, it’s an easy neutral to work into your travel wardrobe.

Unless you’re planning upscale dinners or are staying at a luxury hotel, there’s no need to pack a pair of heels or fancy sandals for a trip to Thailand. The country is relatively relaxed, with most Thai people wearing flip-flops on the beach and in bars. They’re ideal for slipping on and off, whether you’re lounging by the waves or walking into a temple.

“Bangkok is a very walkable city with good public transport, however the sidewalks are not in the best condition and sometimes there are no sidewalks at all,” says Domdom, who recommends comfortable walking shoes for getting around throughout the day. ”I would not suggest heels for women unless they are going from door-to-door in a taxi,” she explains. For the beach, however, “flip-flops or sandals are perfect,” she adds. “Stay away from dress shoes if visiting the islands; they are not really necessary and you wouldn’t want them to get scuffed,” she says.

Best Versatile Shoes

Birkenstock women 's arizona soft footbed leather sandal.

Packing light is crucial for a trip to Thailand, where you may often need to maneuver your luggage on small boats, planes, or trains when moving about the country — so you don’t want to sacrifice precious space on bulky sneakers. Instead, opt for a versatile pair of sandals like the iconic Arizona slides from Birkenstock. Gender neutral and incredibly rugged, these boast an extra foam layer of cushioning, as well as a lightweight EVA sole. The footbed requires a bit of time to break them in, but over time they’ll mold to the exact shape of your feet for maximum comfort. We love the darker shades in particular, as they are stylish enough to wear during the day as well as at night. Crucially, their slip-on construction is ideal for visiting temples, where you are required to take your shoes off before going inside.

Best Flip-flops for Women

Clarks breeze sea flip flop.

Clarks Breeze Sea Flip-flops easily beat out dozens of other pairs that we tested out , earning our top recommendation for their incredible comfort and long-lasting support. They feature a CushionSoft footbed, padded EVA midsole, and rugged rubber outsole that offers a little lift; together they help to cushion and stabilize your feet, so you can feel good in them for hours on end. They’re available in a rainbow of colors, but we’d recommend sticking with a neutral shade for versatility’s sake. We love the velcro strap on these, which enables you to customize the fit — making them perfect for hanging out at the beach or wandering around the island.

Best Flip-flops for Men

Adidas comfort flip-flops.

Durable flip-flops are a must have for traveling through Thailand, whether you’re kicking back at the beach or need an easy on-and-off shoe for indulging in Thai massages at the spa. This flexible, sporty style from Adidas earned our top pick when testing dozens of men’s flip-flops . They feature a padded polyurethane foam molding, putting a bit of pep in every step — so you can explore the islands in cloud-like comfort. The best part is that they’re comfortable enough to wear right out of the box, so there’s no need to spend time breaking them in.

Bags with smart security features — think zippered pockets, discreet compartments, and theft-resistant openings — are always a good investment for travelers. “Thailand, in general, is a safe place and everyone is genuinely hospitable,” explains Domdom, who says pickpocketing isn’t a particularly common occurrence in the country — but that you should still exercise your judgment and keep your belongings close, particularly in crowded or tourist-heavy areas. “I personally always carry a bag that zips closed,” she says, adding that fanny packs or crossbody bags are particularly useful for safely storing your belongings without sacrificing your ability to go hands-free.

Larger daypacks also come in handy on days when you’re heading to the beach and need to carry a bit more with you — namely, a packable towel and sunscreen.

Best Daypack

Cotopaxi allpa 35l travel pack.

This vibrantly colored pack from Salt Lake City-based outfitter Cotopaxi earned our top pick for the best carry-on backpack, netting perfect scores when we tested for capacity, design, durability, comfort, and overall value. If you’re planning to travel with a suitcase, then this is the ideal companion to use as your personal item — it’s got a high 35-liter capacity and an unstructured style that makes it easy to stuff clothing and other belongings into every nook and cranny. If you’re setting out for the day, this has plenty of space for your lightweight towel, water bottle (even though there’s no designated holder), sunscreen, and more — and handles on all four sides for carrying convenience.

EINSKEY Unisex Sun Hat

Thailand’s average UV index is extraordinarily high (11-12), so in addition to frequent sunscreen application, it’s important to protect your face by keeping it out of the sun. This wide-brimmed hat will do just that. It’s made with a waterproof, sweat-wicking polyester blend that’s designed to keep you cool on hikes and beach visits, while mesh side panels help prevent sweat from gathering. We love that the material is easy to squish flat and pack, but retains its shape when shaken out a bit. The adjustable chin strap also comes in handy, both for a custom fit and for keeping track of the hat when you go inside temples, where you’ll need to remove it.

Best Sunglasses

Ray-ban mega wayfarer sunglasses.

Classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers are a sturdy and stylish classic for both men and women. They make excellent travel companions thanks to their durable, goes-with-anything design, and are flattering on pretty much everyone. We love this modern update on classic Wayfarers, which boasts a slightly thicker and more square frame. The straightforward nose bridge means there’s no need to worry about them getting caught in your hair when you take them on and off, and they won’t sit crooked. These also boast 100 percent UV protection, which is crucial given the intensity of the sun in Thailand. Grab them in a neutral shade that will match with your travel wardrobe — think black or tortoise.

Coolibar Women's Revilla Convertible Sun Wrap UPF 50+

A convertible wrap comes in handy on any trip, but is practically a must-have for a visit to Thailand. Beyond its incredible versatility, this one from Coolibar boasts UPF 50+ sun protection, meaning it helps block out 98 percent of the sun’s rays as you go about your day. It also doubles as a blanket when traveling on chilly airplanes, as a cover up at the beach, and most notably as a shawl when you’re visiting religious sites. We love that this one is made from Coolibar’s super soft ZnO fabric, which features cooling properties and zinc oxide protection.

Best Suitcase

Samsonite freeform carry-on spinner.

While backpacking is perhaps the most convenient way to get around Thailand, it’s not exactly everyone’s cup of tea — so anyone looking to travel with a suitcase instead should look to the Samsonite Freeform Carry-on Spinner. It beat out all 150 carry-on bags we tested, earning our top pick thanks to its generous capacity, durable thermoplastic shell, and smooth wheels. It’s easy to maneuver on two or four wheels, while the telescoping handle conveniently extends and locks with the push of a button. At just 5.6 pounds, it’s also easy to navigate with, whether you’re walking through Bangkok or taking an overnight train.

Best Day Bag

Notag waterproof crossbody bag.

Whether you’re heading to an elephant sanctuary or touring the kaleidoscopic labyrinth of Wat Phra Kew in Bangkok, it’s a good idea to keep your belongings secured to your person, particularly in crowded areas and tourist destinations. This budget-friendly crossbody bag is perfect for keeping your valuables safe and your essentials (like your travel-size sunscreen!) organized throughout the day — plus, it boasts a waterproof nylon construction. Inside, you’ll find plenty of zip and slip pockets for your phone, hotel key card, currency, and more.

You’ll want to keep things light besides packing your essential clothing, shoes, and an adapter — but certain toiletries are smarter to bring than to buy, such as sunscreen.

“We recommend travelers bring SPF-appropriate sunscreen to Thailand, as it is expensive to purchase locally,” says Leelakhajornkiat. She also suggests bringing any specific medications you take at home, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, as they may be difficult to track down in more remote locations.

While Thai pharmacies are easy to find and have just about everything you could need, it’s not a bad idea to come prepared with your own first-aid arsenal of sorts, including everything from motion-sickness medicine for bumpy ferry rides, to bug spray for the islands.

Best Adapter

Oneadaptr oneworld100 world adapter.

When traveling overseas, you never want to leave home without an adapter. Universal adapters ensure your devices will stay powered wherever you are in the world, allowing you to move freely between countries while minimizing your gear. If your Thailand trip turns into an extended exploration of Southeast Asia, you’ll be glad to have the OneAdaptr OneWorld 100 Adapter, which can charge up to five devices at once, including two MacBook Pro laptops at full speed, simultaneously. It boasts a universal AC outlet, two USB-C ports, and two USB-A ports.

Best Travel Towel

Sand cloud beach towel.

Portable and sturdy, this compact umbrella is absolutely essential for trips to Thailand during the rainy season, which tends to run from July to October. If you’re planning a trip during this time, it’ll pay off to be prepared for inclement weather with a packable umbrella and a rain poncho. This lightweight option is exceptionally waterproof, thanks to a Teflon coating that helps rain roll right off and ensures the material dries quickly. We also appreciate the automatic open-close feature, which keeps you dry in a flash when the skies open up unexpectedly.

Best Sunscreen

Mdsolarsciences spf 50 mineral creme.

There are plenty of toiletries you can buy once you get to Thailand, but sunscreen is one we’d recommend packing with you, as it can be quite expensive to purchase locally — and there will be fewer options if you’re looking for a specific SPF or sensitive-skin formula. Plus, the UV index is incredibly high year round, so it’s imperative to protect your skin throughout the day. Our pick is MDSolarSciences SPF 50 Mineral Creme, which earned a spot on our list of best travel-size sunscreens thanks to its absorbent, reef safe formula. It’s free of oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can cause coral reef bleaching — so you can feel confident diving into the vibrant waters of Koh Tao.

Best Bug Spray

Off family care insect repellent ii with picaridin.

Bug spray is a non-negotiable for a trip to Thailand, no matter the time of year. We love this small, family-friendly spray from Off!, which contains 5 percent picaridin — a dermatologist-recommended option, as it doesn’t give off the chemical smell of traditional DEET-based products. In our testing, it held up fantastically against heat and sweat, and never made us feel sticky. Plus, it fully protected us from bug bites, making this an essential for spending time on the beach or during a visit to the rainforest of Khao Sok National Park. Conveniently, it comes in a TSA-approved travel size, so you can easily bring it along in your carry on.

Tips for Packing for Thailand

Don’t forget rain gear.

Thailand’s monsoon season is no joke — the country sees heavy but brief storms throughout the summer, which can lead into a period of intense, all-day rainfall in September and October. A travel-ready umbrella is absolutely essential, while a rain poncho and waterproof shoes may also serve you well if you’re planning a trip during this time.

Remember your power adapter

While you’ll be able to find a power adapter in Bangkok, it may prove difficult to track one down on the islands or in more remote locations, warns Domdom. “Best to not forget this if you want to keep your phone charged!” she says. In general, packing an adapter like the OneAdaptr OneWorld 100 Adapter is the best way to go, as it’s capable of charging several devices at once and will keep your electronics powered up for all of your adventures. Just be sure not to leave it in your hotel room!

Bring lightweight garments to cover up at temples and religious sites

Local customs require shoulders and knees to be covered for exploring temples and religious sites, so you’ll want to pack an opaque scarf or cover up (sheer and gauzy won’t cut it) that you can layer over your outfit accordingly. A cover up is one of the most useful pieces you can bring to Thailand, as it can serve several purposes, from ensuring you’re appropriately dressed for religious site visits to adding some much-needed sun protection or acting as a blanket during the flight over.

While it’s best to bring one with you, most temples will have a shawl you can purchase to cover yourself in order to enter, says Domdom.

Can you wear shorts in Thailand?

When moving throughout cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, wearing shorts is common and completely acceptable. They’ll come in especially handy for hot and humid beach getaways, when loose and lightweight clothing is practically essential. “Most venues do not have dress codes and smart casual or casual attire is widely accepted,” explains Domdom, who suggests visitors “use their best judgment when traveling.” If you’re planning any upscale dinners or nights out at a club, you’ll want to opt for something slightly more elevated — men in particular should opt for pants instead of shorts.

However, when visiting religious sites, it’s imperative to dress modestly for both men and women. Covering your shoulders and knees is required, so on days when you’ll be touring temples, it’s best to skip the shorts or bring a long skirt or cover-up to throw on over top.

Should I take a suitcase or backpack to Thailand?

Backpacking doesn’t have to mean hostel-hopping around the country — in general, carrying all of your belongings on your back is a great way to ensure you only bring the essentials with you. If you’re looking to go this route, we’ve rounded up a list of our tried-and-true favorite backpack brands , which can help you narrow down what qualities you’re looking for (namely, capacity and convenience).

While this is a great way to travel around Thailand, we’d suggest opting for a carry-on suitcase and a compact-yet-capacious daypack, like the combination of the Samsonite Freeform Carry-on Spinner and the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack we included here. For anyone who prefers to roll their belongings — or who may be planning a more luxurious getaway — a suitcase will feel more comfortable, and allow you more wiggle room to pack in souvenirs on the way home.

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For this story, T+L contributor Sophie Dodd spent hours researching the absolutely essential items for a trip to Thailand, from lightweight, neutral clothing to comfortable and versatile walking shoes. She also relied on her expertise as a travel writer and her own experience traveling through Thailand, considering what pieces were most versatile and those that she wished she’d brought along. Sophie also received expert advice from Rosemarie Domdom , the Director of Sales and Marketing at Rosewood Bangkok, and Minnie Leelakhajornkiat, a tour director for EF Ultimate Break Thailand, on cultural norms and what visitors typically wear throughout the year.

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While on the backpacker trail it's easy to get lulled into a false sense of bikinis-are-appropriate-everywhere. But do bear something in mind: Bangkok is not a beach town and that soupy khlong is not the sea. Despite the insufferable humidity, Bangkokians are quite chic and they appreciate when tourists do what they can to observe local etiquette and culture. Dressing for Bangkok can be tricky, but if you take a moment to figure out what attire is best you will save yourself trouble once you’re here.

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A few things to keep in mind while packing; practicality, convenience and respect for culture . We’ll start with the first point, practicality. It’s hot, really hot. Unless you are amphibious you will do all kinds of sweating. Fabrics and items that are excellent for keeping you cool? Cotton. Linen. Undershirts. Hats. Things that could add to the misery? Tight jeans. Silk. Pleather. Wear lightweight linen, breathable fabrics and anything that won’t be drenched after a day in the heat. Comfortable and protective walking shoes are also highly recommended as things like the sidewalk are oftentimes shoddy. On the other hand, many Thais miraculously pull off those tight jeans without a glimmer of sweat.

For the sake of convenience, keep in mind that as soon as you go inside it will be highly air-conditioned . We’ve taken to always carrying around an extra sweater or wrap in order to be prepared for the Arctic temperatures that can occur indoors. As Bangkok is a tropical climate, you should also be highly prepared for rain. Rainy season officially lasts from June until October but can encroach on the surrounding months as well. During those months it will very probably rain at least once a day, and not a friendly drizzle, but a massive tropical deluge that's usually finished within 20 minutes. Having an umbrella, rain jacket or poncho in your bag could be a lifesaver.

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Traditional dress not required.

Now, on to culture. Thai people are very well-groomed and respect people who are equally well-groomed. Walking the streets shirtless, or entering a government building without shoes on (you’d be surprised) won’t go over well with the locals. Bangkok is not nearly as conservative as Thailand’s rural areas and rules like “you must always cover your shoulders” don’t really apply here. That said, there is a bit of a double-standard among what is acceptable for Thai people (girls especially) to wear and what is acceptable for foreigners to wear. While a Thai girl might get away with tiny shorts and a tank top, a foreigner in the same outfit will be a bit judged.

In addition, many sights, such as Wat Phra Kaew , have strict dress codes. These codes are enforced and you will not be allowed in unless you abide. Shorts are not allowed, shoulders must be covered by some sort of sleeve, and skirts or longer pants must reach nearly all the way to the ankle. Loaner clothes are available at some locations but save yourself the hassle and the threat of a stranger’s lingering B.O. and dress the part.

Our best advice: pack and dress like you will be dressing for summer in the biggest city in your home country. Be mindful of rainy season and always respect the dress codes at temples and other sights. Bangkok is urban, modern and chic . Wear those sundresses and T-shirts and save the bikinis and the bare feet for the beach.

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What to Wear in Thailand – Ultimate Thailand Packing List

When deciding what to wear in Thailand, it is good to know that the people in the ‘Land of Smiles’ are fairly conservative, modest, and tend to dress accordingly. If you are looking for what to wear in Bangkok, at temples or at the beaches , continue to read this Thailand dress code guide . It includes what clothes to pack for Thailand, how to stay cool and comfortable in Thailand’s hot and humid climate, and dos and don’ts of what to wear in Thailand.

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Dress Code for Thailand

You should follow the proper dress code in Thailand while traveling as a tourist. In Thailand, while visiting any temple you wear a dress that covers your shoulder, pants that cover your knees . No shoe is allowed inside any temple.

Thailand is not that conservative country like Malaysia and in most cases(except temples and monasteries)there is no dress code at all. However, it is advisable to dress properly to gain respect from the locals.

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What to Wear in Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, where you see some of the best temples in Thailand. Most of these Thai temples have strict dress codes.

For Women : So, what to wear in Bangkok for females? In general for Bangkok sightseeing maxi dress, skirt, linen shirt, airy pants are perfect for the climate in Bangkok. These are really cool and you can stay modest in religious places like temples or monasteries. Make sure that your shoulders are knees are covered properly in temples.

For Male: However, for men, collared shirts, polos are highly recommended for a comfortable Thailand trip cheap. Try to lightweight dress in Bangkok to get rid of hot and humidity.

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What to Wear in Thailand Beaches

Travelers from all around the world come here to see some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand . You will notice here that most Thais are often fully covered at the beach. Although it’s normal among foreign tourists to wear only swim shorts and for ladies to wear two-piece swimsuits or bikini. Just make sure that you wear swimsuits only at the beach not while you are walking down the street or going back to the hotel.

For Men : The male tourists can wear a swimming trunk or shorts and it is pretty common here in Thailand. Especially the Muay Thai boxers look very cool and you can buy them as a souvenir from Thailand .

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For Women : The female travelers should try swimsuits that are not overly exposed , especially at the places that are adjacent to Malaysia.

Topless sunbathing is a BIG NO  and unacceptable. Don’t go nude. It will not go to lock you up, but it can make locals nearby very uncomfortable. Always keep a cover-up handy and have your swimsuits covered up while returning to hotels .

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What to Wear in Thailand Temples

You MUST follow some certain dress code for Thai temples. The basic rule is to cover your shoulders and knees and it is applicable for both sexes. It is compulsory to maintain proper clothing in the temples of Thailand, religious building or government buildings.

For Female : While visiting temples, opt for long loose pants, leggings or sweatpants, long maxi skirts  etc. Women can wear a sarong or a large scarf to cover their shoulders and knees. Although at many temples, you can rent sarong , it’s better to bring a sarong to avoid hygienic risk. You can wrap it around your waist or drape it across your shoulders and chest to cover your body properly.

Just keep in mind, your shoulders and knees must be covered anyway while entering a Thai temple, it doesn’t matter how you are covered.

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For Male : Men are also expected to follow the dress code for Thailand temples. Collared shirts and pants are highly preferred. You can wear t-shirts(half sleeve or long sleeve) and shorts(that come to knee) also in Thai temples.

Men will not be allowed to go into the temple with sleeveless shirts, extremely short shorts or a shirt that doesn’t cover your chest. Women shouldn’t go to the temple if their shoulders, cleavage or thighs are showing.

What to Wear in the Streets & Restaurants of Thailand:

Thailand is a tropical country of southeast Asia and most of the time you will find the weather in Thailand as hot, sunny and humid . You will surely sweat no matter what you wear here. So you may think to stuff your suitcase with the sleeveless, see-through shirt, bikini and those tiny shorts. Wait… It’s not like that. Here are my helpful suggestions on what to wear in Thailand for daily activities.

For Men : Polo shirts, button-down collared shirts, and golf or Bermuda shorts are the best options for daily outfits. T-shirts with good quality and cargo pants are also very trendy and helpful in Thailand while strolling along the streets or market. Packing a pair of linen shirts and semi-casual pants will come in handy for an evening out in bars or restaurants.

What to Wear in the Streets & Restaurants of Thailand

For Women : Make sure not to bring any tight-fitting items in Thailand . Else your dress will stick to you in the heat. Women can keep skirts, maxi, loose tops with sleeves and light pants or leggings in the Thailand packing list. However wearing short dresses is not restricted in Thailand, but it would be disrespectful if you wear clothes that show your cleavage or knee. Top with skirt or leggings would be perfect in a Thai restaurant.

What Shoes to Wear in Thailand

You should give priority to comfort first, style and fashion second while selecting your shoes for Thailand trip. You have to walk a lot in Thailand while going for beach hopping or exploring the city. So choose wisely.

I will suggest bringing 1 pair of running shoes/sneakers/walking shoes  (can be used for trekking on a muddy trail or a long walking day around the city), 1 pair of comfortable sandals (best for beach hopping), 1 pair of flip flops  or sip on and 2-3 pair of socks .

What Shoes to Wear in Thailand

You have to take off your shoes while entering any Thai temples. In such cases, flip flop or slip-on can be very handy and comfortable. Lastly, never go anywhere barefooted .

What to wear in Thailand: Dos and Don’ts

  • Wear lacy and sheer fabrics to deal with Thailand’s weather
  • Collared shirts, full or half sleeve t-shirts
  • Dressier shorts and ankle-length pants
  • Airy tops that cover your shoulders
  • Comfortable close-toed shoes
  • Swimsuit with a cover-up
  • Go topless sunbath
  • Wear tank tops, seethrough shirts, crop tops
  • Go barefoot

Tips on What to Wear in Thailand

  • Backpacking in Thailand is fun but remember, you are traveling to a new country. Respect their culture and heritage. Dress properly and wear modest clothes, especially at the Thai temples and the beaches.
  • Bring sufficient covering(sarong, scarf) when visiting sacred and holy sites.
  • Be ready for the scorching sun with terrible humidity. Bring along a hat, umbrella, sunscreen and shades to keep cool.
  • Opt for light makeup that won’t sweat and stain your clothes.
  • If you plan to visit Thailand for a long period of time do laundry frequently: There are many self-service laundromats in Thailand. Take advantage of the laundry services provided by your hotels or hostels.

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Thailand Packing List

What to pack for the Thailand trip? Ok, this Thailand packing list is an average collection for all types of travelers. It depends on what are your needs, your time to visit, location and duration of the trip etc.

If you are going on a solo trip to Thailand , probably you have to bring extra swimwear. Love to hike or long motorbike ride? You may want a hiking boot or scarf. All I want to say, packing list for Thailand varies from person to person.  

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Thailand Packing List: Travel Documents

  • Passport & Visa
  • Airline Tickets
  • Travel Insurance Documents(if any)
  • Accommodation Booking Receipts
  • Credit Card, Debit Card or some Thai Baht
  • Drivers Licence (required if you want to rent car or motorcycle)
  • Photocopies of all your travel documents
  • Emergency phone numbers

Thailand Packing List: Luggage

  • Money belt or secure bag
  • Luggage locks
  • Backpack for carrying on
  • Small suitcase

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Thailand Packing List for Female(Clothing)

  • Underpants (8)
  • Casual Dresses (3)
  • Light Long pants (1)
  • T-shirt (4)
  • Dressy top (1)
  • Pajamas (1)
  • Swimmers (2)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Joggers (1)
  • Thongs/Flip-Flops (1)
  • Sandals/nice flats (1)

Thailand Packing List for Male(Clothing)

  • Underpants (7)
  • Light Long Pants (1)
  • T-shirt (5)
  • Dressy Shirt (1)
  • Hiking shoe (1)

Thailand Packing List: Toiletries

  • Shaving items(M)
  • Cleanser (F)
  • Cosmetics (F)

Thailand Packing List: Medical

  • First Aid Kit (band-aids, antiseptic etc.)
  • Cold and Flu Tablets
  • Imodium or other diarrhea treatment
  • Electrolyte Sachets
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Prescription Medications
  • Seasickness tablets (if going on a boat)

Thailand Packing List: Electronics

  • Camera + Charger + Spare Battery + Memory Card
  • Phone + Charger
  • iPad or Tablet + Charger
  • Laptop + Charger
  • Electric adaptor(universal)

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These choices of what to wear in Thailand will help you started planning your Thailand packing list. Remember to modify this list based on your personal needs, where you plan to visit in Thailand and what season you are traveling. Figuring out what to wear in Thailand doesn’t have to be hard or confusing! Just make sure what you bring is modest, lightweight and flowy.

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Good information to know. Especially what to wear in the temples. I would hate to disrespect their culture.

I love a good packing list! I’ll definitely be saving this for my Thailand trip.

What a great suggestion of clothing and styles to go on a beach vacation in Thailand. I really want to go now!

Thank you so much.

Nice. I learned something new from your blog article. Thanks for sharing.

Thailand is a beachy and summery country so it’s important pack something airy and comfortable.

Nice tips! I know they are rules in what to wear at temples! This is good for those so they can prepare ahead of time!

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What to Wear in Thailand: Thailand Outfit Inspo

I’m sure you already know that Thailand is hot and humid all year round, and you might be wondering:

  • What to wear in Thailand?  
  • Can I wear shorts in temples in Thailand?  
  • How should I dress in Thailand to fit in with locals?
  • What should I pack for Thailand?
  • What are some Thailand outfit ideas?

what to wear in thailand

In general, locals in Thailand dress very conservatively with knees and shoulders covered at all times.  My husband’s cousins in Thailand almost never wear shorts that I’ve seen, even when it’s 90 degrees out. Though most locals turn a blind eye to what tourists wear except at temples.

What to Wear in Thailand

The best things to wear in Thailand for women are long skirts and dresses, cropped or long pants with button-down shirts or short sleeve tees.  For men shorts and long pants with short sleeve tees, polo shirts, and long-sleeved button-downs. 

Overall Thai locals dress more conservatively than their counterparts in the United States.  I’ve seen ladies in Thailand wearing cardigans in the 90-degree heat like it was nothing!

The easiest rule to follow is to keep your knees and shoulders covered when deciding what to wear in Thailand and what outfits to pack for Thailand.

Though no one will prohibit you from entering anywhere for how you are dressed, except temples and the Grand Palace, it’s best to dress a bit more conservatively in Thailand.

Can you wear shorts in Thailand? 

You can definitely wear shorts, but I’d keep it longer than what you would probably wear in the USA. 

As for tanks and sleeveless tops, I usually pair tanks with either long pants or long skirts and not shorts to balance out the outfit.

How to Pack for Thailand

One of the most important factors in deciding on what outfits to pack for Thailand is fabric content. 

Because Thailand is so hot and humid it’s best to pick natural fabrics instead of clothing made of polyester. 

Even the lightest fabrics, like chiffon, made of polyester will just trap heat and make you miserable.

Clothing made of cotton, linen, bamboo, rayon, and silk is more breathable and better suited for outfits in Thailand. 

The one exception is perhaps sportswear specifically designed to wick sweat and breathe. These will work too, but again I would avoid packing leggings because they are definitely not accepted as pants in Thailand. 

What to Pack:  Thailand Outfit Ideas

  • Cropped Pants
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Short-Sleeve Tee

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Midi Dresses are Perfect to Wear in Thailand

One of my favorite things to pack for Thailand are midi dresses. 

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Midi dresses fall below the knee so are acceptable for temples if you choose one that covers your shoulders as well.  My favorite midi dresses are wrap ones because they give you such a nice shape and almost always have sleeves.  Plus they make getting an outfit together so easy in Thailand.

Some of my midi dresses have very deep v necks, so I just wear a tank underneath for extra coverage. 

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Definitely don’t pack a dress that’s made out of polyester though, you will be extremely hot!  I’ve recommended a ton of cute ones below that are cotton or viscose which are both breathable and perfect to wear in Thailand.  I’m loving this chocolate dress and this dress with a pretty print !  Some more affordable cotton midi dresses that are under $40 include this one with long sleeves , this bright green one , and this shirt dress in a black and white print , and this pretty blue print dress .

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I love the longer length of maxi dresses because they are so pretty to twirl in! And just like the midi dress, maxi dresses are also temple appropriate if they are not open back and have sleeves.  I love long sleeved versions in fun prints like this blue dress , or this shirt dress .

Also, make sure no part of the dress is see-through and the neckline is not too low. If it’s a deeper v neck dress layer a tank underneath or pin the v neck together.

If your maxi dress happens to have spaghetti straps, you can easily layer a short-sleeved tee underneath so you can wear it to a temple.

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Again do not buy any that are polyester!  I’ve listed a bunch of cute options made out of rayon, cotton, or viscose that breathe: MAXI DRESS LIST .

I also love packing off shoulder maxi dresses for Thailand.  Yes your shoulders are showing so you won’t be able to get into a temple in Thailand wearing an off-shoulder maxi dress unless you cover up with a scarf that’s not sheer. 

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But when we are not visiting temples in Thailand I love wearing off-shoulder maxi and midi dresses because it’s still more on the conservative side with your knees covered.

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Midi or Maxi Skirt

I love to pack midi skirts for Thailand.   You can create so many different outfits for Thailand with a midi skirt!

This white one from ZARA is perfect because it’s 100% cotton and NOT SEE THROUGH – SHOP IT HERE .  If you really want to pack a punch this coral maxi skirt is so full and fun!!  It will be beautiful in pictures!

Shop more midi skirts HERE .

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Getting into the Grand Palace for any temple won’t be a problem with a midi skirt because you’re knees will be covered.  You can easily wear a simple short-sleeved tee with your midi skirt and you will be temple ready in Thailand. 

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You can chance wearing a polyester midi skirt but you could still be really hot.  Breathable fabrics like cotton, viscose, rayon are a much safer bet, I’ve listed some pretty midi skirts HERE and below.

What to Wear in Thailand:  White Tee Shirt

I like to keep it simple when it comes to packing tops for Thailand.  White tees are perfect for creating and outfit for Thailand with your midi skirt. I prefer cotton tees that are thick and not see-through.  My favorite tees are from Uniqlo and Target !

Long Sleeve Linen or Cotton Button-Down Shirt

For more coverage than short sleeves, I usually pack a linen long-sleeved button-down. 

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Linen is super breathable and perfect for the humidity in Thailand. It’s a great layering piece if you want to wear a tank top.  Or if you have a strappy maxi dress, creating a dress code appropriate Thailand outfit!

packing for thailand long sleeve shirt

You can easily layer your button-down over the tank or maxi dress to make your outfit appropriate for the Grand Palace or temples in Thailand.  

Linen, Cotton or Athletic Pants

Pants are much better to pack for Thailand than shorts!  When they are made of light cotton or linen fabric they are just as comfortable as wearing shorts.  Shop my list of pants HERE .

Actually I find them more comfortable than denim shorts. Again you can pair your cropped pants simply with a white tee or your linen shirt to be nice and cool in all the heat and humidity.  I love this pair of white linen pants because they are not see-through!  I have an older version and they are lined!

In addition to linen and cotton pants, some traditional athletic brands have started making pants that are NOT leggings perfect for outfits in Thailand!  Get breathable trousers made of moisture-wicking fabric HERE , HERE , and HERE .  I have the dresses and skirts from them and they are amazing.  I wore this dress to the weekend market in the hot sun and was super comfortable the whole time.

Pants are super versatile for creating appropriate Thailand outfits.

The sun and UV rays are strong in Thailand and you will need a hat!  You don’t actually need to pack a hat unless you have a specific one you love. 

Street vendors all over Bangkok sell cute straw hats for about $180 Baht, which is about $6 USD.  A cute at makes the best addition to any Thailand outfit!

Definitely pack a cute pair of sunglasses or too because the sunlight is strong in Thailand, especially if you are planning on visiting one of the many beaches.

What Shoes to Wear in Thailand

The streets in Bangkok as in any city are pretty dirty.  I prefer to wear sneakers and not flip flops.

Also if you visit during monsoon season, the streets are sometimes a bit flooded so if you are wearing flip flops you are definitely going to get dirty water on your feet.

My go-to shoes for Thailand have always been Converse with an insole.  They are light and they breathe in the heat and humidity because they are made of canvas. 

I will usually pack a pair of sandals or espadrilles as well. My favorite walking sandals have been these Birkenstock dupes – CHECK PRICES for $25.  They are so comfortable and the extra thick sole really keeps dirt on the street from your feet.

On our most recent trip in November it hardly ever rained and I basically lived in my Birkenstock dupes!

What to Wear to The Grand Palace and Temples in Bangkok Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, like most temples in Thailand, has a strict dress code for both men and women. 

grand palace bangkok dress code

The dress code is simple really, for both men and women, knees and shoulders must be covered. Additionally, no see-through clothing or skin-tight clothing.  So, ladies, this means no leggings, please!

The majority of the temples in Bangkok don’t strictly enforce this dress code.  I’ve wandered around Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the Marble Temple and have seen tourists that are not covered. 

what to wear to the grand palace

These sightings were mostly on the grounds though. If you actually go inside the temples to where the Buddha statue is then, there is usually a guard to make sure you are dressed appropriately.  

The Grand Palace is the one exception. 

Here, the dress code is strictly enforced and there are guards at the entrance to check what you are wearing. 

If you are not appropriately dressed for the Grand Palace, you will be turned away. Fortunately, they do rent cover-ups if you didn’t wear the right clothes.

What Not to Wear in Thailand

There’s a few things you probably won’t want to wear in Thailand.  In general I never pack booty shorts, strappy tank tops, leggings, or heels to Thailand. 

Unless you plan on going clubbing in Bangkok I would definitely leave the heels at home.  Sometimes sidewalks are non-existent in Thailand and you are walking on pothole streets, so heels I do not recommend wearing heels in Thailand.

Strappy tanks and booty shorts may be okay to wear at some of the beaches in Thailand but I definitely would not wear them in cities like Chiang Mai or Bangkok. 

And as for leggings, I’m going to come out and say it, the only countries that consider leggings “pants” are the Western ones.  Leggings ARE NOT PANTS in Thailand.

The only time I’ve ever seen leggings in Thailand are in pictures of blonde girls doing some weird yoga pose.  Leggings are definitely a don’t in Thailand unless you plan on wearing a pair of loose shorts OVER the leggings

How Much Clothes Should You Pack for Thailand

You should pack enough tops and under garments for at least 2 changes per day. 

Because Thailand is so hot and humid what you wore out temple-hopping will most likely be completely sweaty by the time you get back to your hotel.  And you won’t want to wear it out to dinner after you take a shower.

You can definitely get your laundry done in Thailand pretty cheaply, but the laundromat will take on average 24 hours to get your clothes back to you. 

If you want to pack light, I would at least bring extra shirts and undergarments, because bottoms usually can last more than one wear before needing a wash.

What to Wear to Beaches in Thailand

You can wear normal beachwear to the beaches and islands in Thailand. 

Tourists wear bikinis, swim trunks, shorts, tank tops, and even speedos on the beaches in Thailand.  For footwear, you will want to pack flip flops for the sand and water shoes as much of the coastline has rocks and coral.

European tourists tend to wear cheeky cut bikinis and speedos while Asian and Chinese tourists tend to be completely covered and have an umbrella.  So the variety of attire on beaches in Thailand runs the gamut.

What to Pack for Beaches and Islands in Thailand

  • Swimsuits or Swim Trunks
  • Talcum Powder (Prickly Heat)

When packing for beaches in Thailand you can pretty much pack the same as any other beach destination. 

I would however bring one additional item, talcum powder or baby powder. I’ve found beaches in Thailand to be more humid than the beaches in the Caribbean and Mexico . 

I personally am prone to heat rash so I always bring prickly heat powder, you can buy this at almost any 711 in Thailand.

What Medications To Bring

Medication availability is a bit different in Thailand.  Most cold medicines that contain a narcotic which you can buy at any store in the USA are tightly regulated in Thailand.  They are available but you will need to see a doctor and get a prescription.   I tried to buy some Nyquil once and this is what the pharmacist told me.  This goes for most cough medicines as well (not cough drops those are available without a prescription).  

I would bring some cough and cold medicine just in case because you never know when you might come down with something.  

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You are so awesome girly, you made me laugh at when you said “pictures of blonde girls doing some weird yoga pose’ I-always say crap like this ;D as a girl living in miami my whole damn life, I STILL don’t consider leggings pants, and thats coming from a miami chick, i’m the least most miami girl living here, I want to get out. Hence why I am on your blog, booking a trip to Thailand in june for 10 days! Wrote down your whole itinerary, but still have questions. The most important one being, can I get away with staying at one resort or airbnb and still do all the things you listed? (:

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What To Wear in Thailand for Tourists

A suitcase full of what to wear in Thailand.

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, you’ve probably got an itinerary chock-full of amazing things to do. You know what tourist attractions you want to see, what tours you want to go on , and what food you want to try. You know what hotels you’re staying in, you’ve scoped out the surrounding area, and you did your budgeting.

All that’s left for you to do is to get on the plane.

That…and to pack your bags. But what are you packing? Sure, you’ve got the basics that you know you’re going to need like sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and your underwear.

But here comes the exciting part—your clothes. What are you going to wear day-to-day while you’re out and about visiting historical sites, temples, and beaches? Do you know what to wear in Thailand?

Prepare for the Weather and Culture

The first thing you need to understand about how to dress for Thailand (and Southeast Asia in general) is that it’s hot. And it’s not hot in the same way that a desert is, which has a dry heat.

Thailand is humid so the heat is moist. On some days, it’ll feel like you’re in some kind of sauna.

The next thing that you need to know is that Thais dress pretty modestly. You won’t find too many people walking the streets of Bangkok in tube tops and booty shorts. Most people in Thailand like to keep themselves covered up, but they’re also used to tourists who don’t dress the way they do.

The wats (Buddhist temples) that feature on so many tourism-related lists centered on Thailand also have their own dress code. That being that you can’t show your shoulders or your knees. So no shorts or tank tops.

So, what sort of tourist attire would be appropriate for you to don?

What To Avoid

Before that, you’ll need to know what to avoid. If you come from a country with four seasons, you may have a big closet and possibly, the items below. But if you’re packing for Thailand, make sure that they stay in your closet.

An open suitcase next to a hat and flip-flops.

Wool - Wool is a fabric that’s generally known for keeping you warm. Great for winter, terrible for a humid country that’s right on the equator. Skip anything that’s made of wool unless you want to bake under the sun, because wool is an excellent insulator so not only will you get hot, you’ll stay hot.

Cashmere - Do you own a cashmere sweater? If you do, you probably get complimented on it all the time. And you might think that you’ll get compliments on it if you wear it to Thailand. But you’re now getting complimented. The only thing you’re going to get if you put on a cashmere sweater, or cashmere anything, is a case of heatstroke.

Fleece - This fabric is a lot like wool and for good reason. It’s made of synthetic polyester and is designed to imitate wool, so it’s going to be pretty warm as well.

Denim - You may love your jeans, but when it gets hot, your jeans are not going to love you back. Denim is a durable, heavy fabric. It’s not breathable and it’s generally not stretchy. They’re going to get hot and you’re going to sweat in them and you’ll just have to sit there and take it if you wear jeans to Thailand.

What To Embrace

So, you know what not to wear. Now it’s time to move to what to wear. The two things that you want in a fabric are lightness and breathability. Those two things will help keep you comfortable while you’re in Bangkok.

  • Silk - Do you know what material is light, luxurious, breathable, and feels really good on the skin? Silk. Do you know what fabric is a major industry in Thailand? Also silk. So if you want to know what to wear in Bangkok, then you can’t go wrong with something silk.

There’s a reason by tourists are buying clothes in Thailand—everything’s available. So it shouldn’t be too hard if you’re looking for something silken.

  • Linen - While silk is light and breathable, it’s also glossy and tends to draw attention. If you want something that’s also light and breathable but subtler, then linen is your best bet. Linen is also wicking, so even if you sweat, it won’t be super obvious.

A man packing a suitcase.

Linen pants are an absolute godsend in hot weather, since they can help keep sensitive areas from getting sweaty or overheating.

  • Cotton - This is one of the most common fabrics in the world. Your T-shirts, your underwear, your socks. Chances are that they’re made of cotton or from a cotton-blend. There’s a reason for that. Cotton is great at letting air circulate through it. A lightweight cotton can also absorb moisture, so you cool down quickly if you get hot.

If you’re going through your closet looking for clothes to wear in Thailand, don’t skip on the things made from cotton.

  • Lightweight wool - Now, wool may not generally be a good idea for Thailand as mentioned above. But here’s the thing; you might get cold on the plane and you may end traveling to Thailand between July and October, the rainy season. So if you are desperate to know what to wear to Thailand, then material made from lightweight wool should be on your list.

There are two good reasons why; on the plane to the country, you’ll get cold. In the country itself; you might get rained on. It’s also significantly cooler and breezier in Thailand during the rainy season, so you get a bit chilly.

A lightweight wool can keep you warm on the plane, and it should be lightweight otherwise you’re going to burn up. And the lightweight wool will dry quickly if you get rained on. Oh, and it won’t get smelly if you sweat on it.

On Your Feet

Now, what about your shoes? If you’re going to the beaches, you may be able to get away with some sandals or clogs. But here’s the thing— shoes like that may not fly in a big city. Sure, they’ll be comfortable and easy to get in and out of, but they’ll be seen as kind of tacky.

In Thai culture, the feet are considered the dirtiest and lowly of body parts. If you want to avoid overexposing them, stick to something close-toed when in Thailand. If you want comfort without the risk of being turned away, running shoes or orthopedic shoes should work just fine in most situations.

Travelers, especially first-time travelers, often wonder what to wear in Thailand. The clothes should cover up, but more importantly, they should be comfortable. If you’re traveling , make sure that you pack clothes that are going to help you deal with the Southeast Asian heat.

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26 Top Thailand Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

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Dating back to 500 BCE, Thailand is an exotic paradise with otherworldly beaches, golden palaces, ancient temples, and bustling cities. With Buddhist and Indian influence, this spiritual place is known as ‘The Land of Smiles,’ and the kindness and welcoming spirit of Thailand’s culture is deeply felt.

Since packing for foreign lands is not straightforward – I’ve put together an essential list of must-have items for Thailand, as well as what to wear , what NOT to bring, and some FAQs to avoid rookie mistakes!

traditional thai woman

What to Pack for Thailand – 26 Essentials

1. water bottle with built-in filter.

The tap water in Thailand isn’t purified enough for Westerners to drink without getting sick, but staying hydrated in a tropical climate is key. Bottled water is widely available, but in the event that it’s not or you’re going off the beaten path, this Grayl bottle is a literal lifesaver . It works by filtering the water as you drink through it, removing bacteria, viruses, pathogens, parasites, microplastics, dirt, and more.

It’s worth the investment to protect your health and well-being, not to mention a way to lower your carbon footprint and prevent using a ton of plastic water bottles that add to pollution.

Water Bottle with Built-in Filter

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2. Thailand Power Adapter

They use quite a few different outlets in Thailand, so you will need a universal power adapter . This quality adapter comes with a built-in fuse that will protect your electronics from getting damaged. This one works in almost 100 countries and will be resilient against any power surges or shotty outlets.

Power Adaptor

3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Thailand is prone to data breaches and sadly, tops all other SE Asia for phishing attacks. Hackers are known to target tourists on insecure Wi-Fi networks and are always watching your online activity. I learned this the hard way when my credit card number was stolen at an Airbnb. A VPN protects you with 1-click from losing your passwords, credit cards, and private identity. With a secure network, you are able to join free Wi-Fi at hotels, Airbnbs, restaurants, airports, etc., with true peace of mind that you won’t wake up to a drained bank account.

Furthermore, many websites that are available in your country will get blocked or censored overseas. If you’re planning to stay connected on your Thailand trip (for work needs, free internet surfing, or to stream your favorite shows via Netflix, HBO, Hulu, or live TV) – a VPN like NordVPN is the best way to ensure you will have full access, anonymity, and privacy.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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4. Female Urination Device

Okay, don’t get weirded out by this one. Thailand is a place with limited toilets and if you do happen to find a public one it’ll probably be disgusting. Guys just pee on the street but that’s not possible for women. This little device allows Western women to stand and pee with no mess and no more hurting bladder 😉

Female Urination Device

5. Neck Wallet

Unfortunately, skilled pickpockets are very common in places like Bangkok and any crowded places you may visit in Thailand. The best solution we’ve found is to keep your valuables such as cash, credit cards, passport, and phone stashed away in a concealable neck wallet like the one pictured. By doing that, you make it next to impossible for pickpockets to steal from you while keeping essential travel documents organized and on-hand. This one has RFID-blocking material so e-thieves won’t be able to scan your bag either.

Neck Wallet

6. Travel Insurance for Thailand

Don’t gamble with your coverage. Things can quickly go from wonderful to worrisome in Thailand, whether it’s injury, illness, cancellations, or petty crime. And you don’t want to find yourself unable to get home during a health scare or spending money to replace stolen items – particularly since your domestic provider does not follow you overseas and you could be without coverage in a foreign destination.

Faye Travel Insurance is in a league of their own, adding a human touch that is typically missing from insurance. As the first 100% digital provider, they reimburse you through their mobile app and make the claims process super easy. Their Claims Specialists are there for you 24/7 and will even help find a nearby clinic when needed while abroad. Not to mention, they offer the freedom to cancel your trip “for ANY reason,” which I add for all of my bookings in case something comes up.

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7. Activated Charcoal (Food Poisoning Remedy)

If you’re careful with your food and water, you hopefully won’t have too many health problems in Thailand. That said, a lot of travelers end up getting sick at least once, so pack some activated charcoal to be prepared. These capsules quickly absorb whatever toxins are in your system, stopping dreaded diarrhea that comes with eating contaminated food in a developing country.

Activated Charcoal (Food Poisoning Remedy)

8. Electrolytes

Electrolytes are also great to have in case you get sick in Thailand, as diarrhea can leave you seriously dehydrated, which is especially dangerous in a hot, humid climate. Even if you’re not sick, staying hydrated in Thailand’s climate is a challenge, so taking electrolytes on a regular basis will keep you in tip-top shape, especially if you’re spending a lot of time outside. If you do become ill, drop one of these powder-filled packets in a bottle of water to replenish the electrolytes you’re losing.

electrolyte packets

9. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a savior when it comes to staying organized on the road. Thailand possesses diverse terrain and you need to be prepared for anything! Instead of digging around in your luggage looking for your missing bikini bottom, just pull out the clearly-labeled cube! I also bring along 1 or 2 in my backpack on excursions days and hiking trips, keeping my essentials and like-items together without having to unpack and repack.

It’s available on HeroTravelSupply.com with an exclusive 15% discount using the coupon code “ HERO ”.

packing cubes

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10. Universal Waterproof Phone Case

Between river cruises, canoeing down lakes, and swimming in stunning bays or tropical reefs — you will find yourself completely surrounded by water in Thailand. If you want to protect your phone from water, sand, dust and dirt while also being able to take underwater photos and videos, then this little phone case is a must. We just took it with us for a snorkeling adventure and snapped some jaw-dropping wildlife pics!

waterproof phone pouch

11. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

Not all hostels and budget guesthouses in Thailand provide towels, so it’s always smart to bring your own. Even if you are staying at a luxury resort, skip bringing a hotel towel on your off-the-beaten-path adventures – they’re bulky, will slow you down, and take too long to dry. This quick-dry towel absorbs moisture 10x faster than cotton. It’s light as a feather for everyday use and easily replaces the starchy, fluffy ones.

quick-dry travel microfiber towel

12. Hanging Toiletry Bag

Whether you’re camping in one of the many national parks or staying in a crowded hotel or hostel – countertop space in Thailand is scarce. This hanging toiletry bag will help you maintain your self-care routine (and sanity!) as an intuitive storage system that puts everything at eye-level so you’re not leaving heaps of bottles all over the suite.

Overall, we’re in love with it because it’s an elegant method for vertically optimizing your life and freeing you to hang your items on any door, shower pole, branch, or hook. The clear sections reduce any rummaging or digging, and it has 4 spacious compartments on the inside that hold more products than you would guess, plus 3 smaller pockets on the outside. In fact, you might find yourself more organized in Thailand than you are at home!

hanging toiletry bag

13. Discounted Tickets to Thailand Attractions

Don’t spend your time on vacation waiting in long lines or being turned away because everything is already booked. Instead, use Get Your Guide to shop excursions and create a dream itinerary.

If visiting Bangkok, check out the Ayutthaya Temples and The Grand Palace . I had Erawan National Park on my bucketlist and it did not disappoint! The Phi Phi islands are a blissful tropical secret and Chiang Mai has amazing daytrips to The White Temple and Doi Inthanon National Park .

And your Thai immersion wouldn’t be complete without meeting the wild elephants , eating your way through the local food markets , or exploring Krabi’s Emerald Pools and hot springs .

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14. Luggage Straps

Whether due to a faulty lock, overpacking, or mishandled baggage – cases are damaged all the time. And there is a higher likelihood of your bag being mishandled for international flights (about 800% more likely than for a domestic flight), so you don’t want a bag to pop open mid-journey. Reinforce your cases with these TSA-friendly luggage straps that extend the life of your travel equipment and adjust to fit nearly any bag.

They make the journey way less stressful since you can quickly find your bag at the arrivals terminal, tether bags together in busy places, create a makeshift handle, and cinch-in your carry-on bag so it fits in the overhead compartment (even if you’ve stuffed it full of Thai souvenirs!) The uses are only limited to your creativity and they’re a must-have for any avid traveler.

luggage straps

15. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

Luggage locks are an essential travel item I never leave home without. I don’t want to risk anything getting stolen out of my luggage while it’s in transit or even when it’s sitting in my hotel room with cleaning staff going in and out. I always secure my suitcase and day bags with these locks to keep thieves from even considering the attempt of petty theft. You can never be too careful!

luggage locks

16. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

From the Himalayan mountains of the North, to the luscious forests of the East, to the crystal-clear waters along the West and South – you will be surrounded on all sides by nature. Even without access to a reliable power grid, you will still need a well-charged device, and a portable charger is a non-negotiable travel accessory. It could mean the difference between having a GPS and the ability to call for help in an emergency or being completely stranded. We love this one because it’s smaller than a tube of lipstick and charges multiple devices in one day.

Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

17. Travel Sheet

If you’re a budget traveler in Thailand, you might run into some rooms that are far from spotless. When that happens, it’ll be nice to have a lightweight travel sheet. They also work great when the AC is cranked way too high on the bus or train, or if your hotel bed is not quite as pristine as you would like.

hygienic travel sheet

18. Mosquito-Repellent Bracelets & Afterbite

There’s no specific mosquito season in Thailand… Because it’s always mosquito season in Thailand! These thirsty vampires flock to areas that thrive in moisture, so the balmy weather here makes it a hot-spot for insects. Defend yourself with these mosquito-repellent bracelets (they’re easier and healthier than respraying chemicals all day), but if you prefer a spray bottle, this one is non-toxic and deet-free. If you do get bit, having some After-Bite on-hand will accelerate your healing.

Mosquito-Repellent Bracelets & Afterbite

19. Wind-Proof Travel Umbrella

July through October is the rainy season in Thailand, but there are romantic drizzles year-round that keep the country so vibrant and lush. An umbrella is a wise precaution and this one weighs less than a pound, so it’s easy to throw in your backpack or purse when not in use. If the downpours are more intense, you may also consider full-body protection with a rain jacket .

Hero Umbrella

20. Mesh Slip-On Water Shoes

Hiking in Thailand can be epic, especially to magical places like Khao Sok and Doi Suthep Mountain National Park . But typical hiking shoes will weigh you down and get very heavy through all of the waterfalls and slippery landscapes (not to mention leeches are an extremely common sight, so you’ll want protective footwear). We recommend these amphibious water shoes that will be great for both land and sea. With a breathable mesh design, they dry faster than regular hiking shoes, which prevents blisters and won’t weigh you down.

mesh water shoes maui

21. Waterproof Travel Backpack

I usually find traveling with a backpack to be the most convenient, as it keeps my hands free and can double as my carry-on when flying. We had our backpack get absolutely soaked on a boat tour – ruining all cash, phones, and day-to-day items. Learn from our mistakes and always opt for waterproof material. This fantastic pack is lightweight but has a lot of storage capacity. When you’re not using it, it folds up compactly into its own zippered pouch!

Waterproof backpack blue

22. Cooling Towels

Thailand’s climate is warm, balmy, and humid. While these tropical elements sound nice in theory, you don’t want to be melting through on a jungle hike or burning up as a golden temple is reflecting sunlight directly at you in long lines! Always pack along this cooling towel for a refreshing burst of relief – simply wet, wring out, and it will become 20-30 degrees cooler than the air’s temperature for up to an hour. It’s a slice of heaven and I never tackle excursion days without it.

Cooling Towels

23. Affordable Underwater Camera

The underwater world of Thailand is arguably more beautiful than above the surface, so make the most of your time by capturing memories. This durable little camera is perfect for travel because it’s not so precious that you can’t beat it up a little, and it won’t break the bank. You’ll be able to take gorgeous photos both on land and underwater. Plus, it’s a great solution if you don’t want a more expensive GoPro or DSLR camera .

underwater camera

24. Kimono / Swimsuit Cover-Up

You should definitely bring a kimono to Thailand because they have so many uses for travelers: towel, blanket, swimsuit cover-up, curtain, skirt, scarf – the list goes on. A cover-up will also be needed to visit many Buddhist and Hindu temples across the country because covered shoulders are a sign of respect, so this can serve as your modesty wrap. They can become one of your most versatile travel items since they’re lightweight and so multi-purposeful.

kimono cover up

25. Lonely Planet Thailand

Maybe it’s a little cliché, but after years of traveling, I still swear by Lonely Planet guidebooks. With maps, reviews, cultural insights, and insider tips – they cover both popular and off-the-beaten-path destinations, always giving the reader budget-friendly options. The Lonely Planet series is updated pretty regularly, so be sure to check out the newest edition.

Lonely Planet

26. Packable “Just in Case” Bag

Thailand is famous for extremely affordable handmade goods like amulets, Thai silk, flower soap, ornate wooden carvings, dried fruit, spices, tea leaves, and more . If you want to bring some exotic treats home with you, this “just in case” bag is a brilliant gameplan! It will spare you baggage fees on the flight home because it easily fits under your seat as a personal item. On the way there, it takes up virtually zero space in your suitcase. But on the way home, it can be filled with authentic treasures and the perfect gifts for family and friends!

Just in Case bag

Other Packing List Items for Thailand

  • Travel Insurance
  • Motion sickness patches
  • Calcium supplements
  • Compression flight socks
  • Protein bars
  • Steripod toothbrush cover
  • Contact solution
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Loofah glove
  • First-aid Kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Feminine products
  • Kindle cover
  • Memory card
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Headphone splitter
  • Lonely Planet Thai phrasebook
  • Shoulder bag
  • Small backpack
  • Reusable cloth bag
  • Thailand power adapter
  • Top Baby Gear
  • Travel pillow
  • Toiletry bag
  • Passport photos

What to Wear in Thailand?

Thailand is a country known for incredibly hot and humid weather. Much of Thailand is fairly conservative, especially in the countryside and away from the tourist hotspots. Islam is prominent in much of southern Thailand, where headscarves are more common than shorts among locals. Even in laid-back beach towns, swimwear should be saved for the beach.

what to wear to thailand

Shorts, tops, skirts, dresses, and capris made out of lightweight fabrics can all be good options for women visiting Thailand. On the other hand, denim is one of the worst fabrics for hot climates, and while denim shorts aren’t too bad, full-length jeans are uncomfortable and take forever to dry. Lighter-weight pants or capris are a much better option for your Thailand wardrobe.

Like most places, social norms regarding how to dress in Thailand definitely put more restrictions on women than on men. Even in beach towns and large cities, women should cover their midriffs and avoid super-short shorts and skirts. But in general, Thai clothing reflects Western fashion, and visitors to Thailand can wear similar styles as at home. Just err on the side of lighter fabrics and a little more coverage. What should MEN wear in Thailand? – (Click to expand) Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).

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Shorts, pants, and short-sleeved shirts made from lightweight fabrics are the best clothes to wear for men in Thailand. Again, jeans are not a great idea in a climate this hot – pants made from linen or a cotton blend will be much more comfortable. As long as you’re wearing a shirt (and not an open button-down with nothing under it), the Thailand dress code for men is pretty lenient.

Packing for the Seasons in Thailand

Hot season – march, april, may, june..

Heat climbs quickly and is quite oppressive due to the dense humidity in this region. Rains happen occasionally and only add to the humidity. You’ll want light, quick-dry fabrics, comfortable sandals that strap on, a good sun hat , cute sunglasses , and plenty of sweat-resistant (and reef-safe!) sunscreen .

Thailand hot

Hydration is also key, so bring a water bottle to ensure you always have a supply of safe drinking water! Temperatures average between 85°F to 90°F (29°C to 32°C) with April and May being the hottest months.

WET or MONSOON SEASON:

Andaman (West) Coast: June, July, August, September, sometimes October.

Thai Gulf (East/South) Coast: September, October, November, and December.

Thailand wet

You will absolutely need a windproof umbrella and a dependable rain jacket . You should also plan to bring a couple of pairs of shoes – waterproof hiking shoes are great, and sandals that strap on snugly and can be dried quickly are also a good idea. Temperatures average between 80°F to 90°F (27°C to 32°C).

COOL SEASON – November, December, January, February.

In several areas of Thailand, the temperatures will drop a bit during this season, and drier air will move in. Don’t expect it to be too cool, though, unless you’re at a higher elevation and further north for an extended period of time.

Everyone reacts to temperatures differently, so you’ll want to pack according to your comfort level in the expected temps, and bring a rain jacket just in case. Long-sleeved, lightweight shirts are great as long as they can dry quickly.

Thailand Cool

Visiting Temples – The Thailand dress code is perhaps more important for visiting temples than anything else. Temples are sacred to Buddhists in Thailand and are generally active places of worship and spiritual study. Revealing clothes are considered extremely disrespectful in these locations, and you’ll likely be turned away if you’re not dressed properly. In general, both men and women need to cover at least their shoulders and knees. Men should wear pants, and women can wear capris or longer skirts or dresses. T-shirts are acceptable, but sleeveless tops are not, though women can cover bare shoulders with a scarf or shawl.

Hiking/Trekking – Thailand has lots of great hiking and trekking options, and the same clothing you wear for outdoor activities at home will probably work. The key is to wear clothes made from sweat-wicking fabrics, which will keep you more comfortable on the trail. They’ll also dry quickly if you get splashed at a waterfall, and they usually don’t take up much space in your bag. Despite the heat, you should definitely wear pants when hiking in Thailand. Brush and leaves and all manner of biting insects will be kept at bay by a good pair of quick-dry hiking pants. Opt for ventilated hiking shoes so that your feet won’t get too hot.

What NOT to Bring to Thailand

1. don’t bring expensive jewelry..

Wearing flashy jewelry can make you a target, and there’s really no reason to risk it getting lost or stolen.

2. DON’T TAKE unnecessary valuables.

Theft does happen in Thailand, and stuff can get lost on the road. If you don’t really need something that’s valuable, it’s just not worth the risk.

3. DON’T PACK more than one pair of jeans.

You may want jeans for going out or for wearing on the plane, but limit yourself to one pair. They’re bulky and heavy, they take forever to dry, and you probably won’t want to wear them very often in Thailand’s tropical climate anyway.

4. DON’T PACK a mosquito net.

This is something I occasionally see on packing lists, and it’s really not worth bringing. Almost all accommodations in Thailand provide mosquito nets if they’re needed, and it’s often not possible to hang up your own anyway.

5. DON’T BRING a sleeping bag.

Unless you’re planning on doing a ton of camping, there’s no need to bring a sleeping bag. Use a travel sheet instead.

6. DON’T TAKE lots of cash.

There’s no reason to carry a lot of cash with you and risk it getting stolen. Except in the most remote areas, there are ATMs throughout Thailand, so it’s pretty easy to access cash once you’re there.

7. DON’T PACK heavy books.

Lots of guesthouses and cafes in Thailand have book exchanges, where you can pick up a paperback for free and drop it off at a future exchange when you’re done. Or, just bring a Kindle!

8. DON’T BRING too many clothes.

When you travel, don’t worry about repeating outfits. You can even pick up new and second-hand clothes for cheap at local markets in Thailand. Also, Thailand is known for amazing tailoring so you can even have clothes made when you get there.

The cutout tank or “singlet” tops the list of what men shouldn’t wear in Thailand (especially away from the beach), though the same goes for unbuttoned shirts without anything underneath. Both men and women should also refrain from wearing just swimsuits unless they’re on the beach.

FAQs about travel in Thailand

1. what vaccinations do i need.

lanterns in thailand

Travelers to Thailand should be up to date on the following vaccinations: MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis), polio, chicken pox, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B.

In addition to those vaccines, most of which many Westerners already have, you need a typhoid vaccine before visiting Thailand. You should get a rabies vaccine only if you’re planning on doing significant outdoor activities, taking extended trips to remote areas, or coming into contact with animals. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) update this list sometimes, so double-check their site a few months prior to your trip.

2. Do I need to take malaria medication?

Malaria prophylaxis is only recommended for travel to Thai provinces that border Burma, Cambodia, or Laos. Both atovaquone-proguanil and doxycycline are effective in those areas. In other parts of Thailand, avoiding mosquito bites by using insect repellent, sleeping under a mosquito net, and wearing long pants and sleeves is sufficient for malaria prevention.

3. What kind of visa do I need?

For citizens of most Western countries, no visa is needed for tourist visits of up to 30 days. Check your requirements here .

4. What’s the best way to get around?

market on water

Thailand is renowned for its long-distance rail network, and second-class train cars are the most popular among travelers. To get to destinations not serviced by train, the country has a number of bus companies offering long-distance routes.

Bangkok also has an incredibly sophisticated intra-city train and subway system, as well as a network of river ferries that can be convenient (and an interesting experience). Uber is available and popular in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai, too. In most other parts of the country, a variety of taxis, tuk-tuks, motorcycle taxis, and songthaews (local buses) are usually available.

While tuk-tuks are the quintessential transportation of Southeast Asia, they’re mainly used by tourists and are rarely the cheapest option. For visitors who know how to ride a scooter, picking up a rental is another popular way of getting around.

5. Are there ATMs?

Yes. With the exception of very rural areas and small islands, there are ATMs located throughout Thailand.

6. Is the tap water safe to drink?

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No, the tap water in Thailand is generally not safe for Westerners to drink. Some resorts and upscale restaurants offer filtered water, and otherwise you can use a top-notch Grayl Filtered Water Bottle to filter it yourself. Bottled water is also widely available, but a reusable bottle with a built-in filter is the way to go. You’ll save some money, and you’ll produce less plastic waste. Plus, you can fill your bottle from anywhere , like streams, rivers, taps, and fountains.

7. Do I need to tip in restaurants?

Tips are appreciated in Thailand, but they’re not generally expected. However, it’s common to round up to the nearest bill when you pay.

8. How reliable is the Internet in Thailand?

Internet reliability varies widely across Thailand. In Bangkok and Chiang Mai, high-speed Internet is common. In other towns, many guesthouses and cafes offer Wi-Fi, but it’s slower and less reliable. In extremely rural areas and on very small islands, it may be non-existent.

9. What’s a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and why do I need one?

VPNs are crucial for the protection of your personal and financial data while you’re using the internet. Unsecured networks put you at risk of being hacked, and a VPN will add a layer of encryption between you and those would-be thieves. It can also help you gain access to blocked or censored content if you’re in a country where certain things are censored – this is common in certain Asian countries. I personally use NordVPN and highly recommend them. They’re affordable and offer great plans and service.

10. Is it safe to eat street food?

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Eating street food in Thailand carries a small risk, but that shouldn’t hold you back (and honestly, eating in a restaurant is not necessarily any better). The best tricks for safely eating street food are to eat at local mealtimes and go to busy stalls – that ensures you’ll get fresh food, which is much less likely to cause a problem.

Beyond that, make sure everything is thoroughly cooked, avoid fruits and vegetables that don’t have a peel, and skip drinks made with water or ice.

11. How can I respect the local Thai culture?

  • Thais consider the feet to be dirty, and it’s extremely rude to point your feet, particularly the bottom of your feet, at people, and images of Buddha.

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  • Thais consider the head to be sacred, and you should avoid touching Thai people’s head, face, and hair.
  • You also need to be very careful when discussing Thailand’s politics or government and do not say anything that could be construed as criticizing the Thai royal family.
  • Thais expect visitors to be especially respectful when visiting temples, including speaking quietly, removing shoes, and covering the shoulders, chest, and knees.
  • Finally, women should not touch or hand anything to Buddhist monks.

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What To Pack For Bangkok | Printable Packing List

What to bring to bangkok – a suggested packing list.

You’ve booked your plane ticket and the time of departure is fast approaching? After the joys of such a decision, comes the question of knowing what to put in your suitcase to go to Bangkok. No need to panic, we have prepared a very complete list of the essential things to bring to make sure you don’t miss anything once you are there.

In order to leave no room for unforeseen events, it’s of course preferable to go through this list a few days before leaving rather than the day before departure, as you might miss some items.

Take the time to read and download it in order to identify the things that you absolutely must pack and that you might miss and that could make you lose time and money if you forget them.

You will also need to think about packing according to the type of accommodation you will be staying in, the different modes of transportation you will use during your trip, the climate and the season, as well as the activities you plan to do.

In order to help you prepare your suitcase, this checklist of the essential things to bring in Bangkok gathers several categories: clothes, accessories, various objects… It will allow you to have a concrete vision of a typical suitcase for Bangkok.

An advice, think of keeping some space in your luggage if you wish to bring back souvenirs or to make some clothing shopping on the spot.

Thanks to this travel list, preparing your bag for Bangkok will be a real child’s play and you will just have to enjoy your adventure!

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  • Important hings to do before you go
  • Essential documents
  • Transport essentials
  • Backpack & luggage
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Hygiene & Toiletries
  • Photo, Video & High Tech
  • Useful accessories
  • Medication and first aid kit
  • Activities and Useful Links (+ Printable checklist PDF)

1/ Important things to do before you go

 Prepare your travel itinerary  Apply for a visa (if necessary)  Make your vaccinations (if necessary)  Check-up at the doctor / dentist  Take out a travel insurance  Photocopy or scan important documents (passport)  Write down e-mail and useful phone numbers in your address book  Warn your bank about your trip abroad (if necessary)  Book accomodation for your first night ( Do it now before everything is fully booked! Check the best hotels on Booking )  Download offline applications and maps for Maps.me  Download movies offline   Prepare your favorite music playlist  Turn off or turn down the heat of your house  Empty garbage cans  Water the plants   Give a copy of your house/car keys to a family member or friend  Close doors and windows

2/ Essential documents

Even before you buy your plane ticket, remember to check the validity of your passport : it must be valid for at least six months after your return date (for some countries) and have a blank page. Another tip: send your important documents to a secondary email in case you lose them.

   Passport   ID card    Plane or train ticket (have a paper copy just in case)   Reservation documents (e-ticket, train ticket, hotel reservation)   Visa (if necessary)   International driver’s license, if you wish to rent a car   Health insurance card   Travel insurance   Credit card   Cash   Useful numbers in case of emergency   Itinerary and address of your accommodation (hotel / AirBnB / camping)   Vaccination certificate   Diving license, sailing license, etc.   Some business cards with your contact information, email, blog, website

3/ Transport essentials

The little things to have with you at all times during the flight or the trip by train or bus:

 Phone and charger  Book / Magazine / Kindle / Travel Guide  MP3 player   Chewing gum   Pen + notepad  Travel pillow ( my favorite )  Sleep mask ( my favorite )   Earplugs   Snacks / sandwich   Small water bottle  Nasal ointment for dry nose  Sunglasses   Glasses case   Watch   Hand sanitizer   Disposable face mask   Tissues   Motion sickness medication

4/ Backpack & luggage

 Waterproof dry bag ( my favorite )  Handbag   Travel laundry bag ( my favorite )  Carry-on suitcase ( my favorite )  Travel bag ( my favorite )   Luggage tag ( my favorite )   Travel Packing Organizers ( my favorite )   Rain cover for backpack ( my favorite )   Zippered carry-on bag   Shoe bag ( my favorite )   Fanny pack   Lightweight foldable backpack ( my favorite )

5/ Clothing and shoes

  Socks  Underwear (panties, thongs, bras, briefs, boxers…)  Tank tops  Skirt ♀  Dress ♀  Pajamas  T-shirts  Long sleeve shirt ( for her , for him )  Short sleeve shirt ( for her , for him )  Polo shirt ( for her , for him )   Sweatshirt / pullover ( for her , for him )   Jeans   Lightweight pants ( for her , for him )   Money belt ( my favorite )   Shorts   Jogging suit   Jacket / coat   K-way ( for her , for him )   Windbreaker ( for her , for him )  Hat / cap / beanie   Scarf / bandana   Swimsuit   Buff scarf ( my favorite )

For shoes, you will have to choose according to the activities you plan to do:

 Comfortable walking shoes   Shoes for going out (restaurants, bars, clubs…)  Flip-flops (for the beach, showers…) ( for her , for him )  Hiking shoes ( for her , for him )  Sandals ( for her , for him )   Water shoes for walking in water (beaches, waterfalls, rivers…) ( for her , for him )  Light trekking shoes ( for her , for him )  Crocs

6/ Hygiene & Toiletries

 Microfiber towel ( my favorite )   Toilet bag   Portable Travel Bottles ( my favorite )  Toothbrush & toothpaste  Dental floss  Soap   Shampoo   Facial cleanser   Nail clippers   Cotton buds (biodegradable)   Tweezers   Make-up   Deodorant   Comb / Hairbrush   Razor & shaving foam ♂   Biodegradable wipes ( my favorite )   Toilet paper roll   Perfume   Makeup ♀   Contact Lenses   Contact lens product   Pocket mirror

7/ Photo, Video & High Tech

For photographers and videographers:

 Camera  Lens  Memory card  Polarizing filters   ND filter   Extra battery   Charger + cable + plug adapter   Cleaning kit   External hard drive   USB key   Stabilizer   Drone ( my favorite )    Waterproof phone case   Flash   Solar charger ( my favorite )    Gopro ( my favorite )   Waterproof case   Selfie Pole  External battery / Powerbank ( my favorite ) 

Don’t forget:

 Portable speaker  Ipad / Tablet  Laptop PC  External battery  Headphones or noise cancelling headphones ( my favorite )

Useful apps to download before you go to Bangkok:

 AirBnB  Booking  Couchsurfing  Flush – Public Toilet Finder (Useful for finding toilets!)  Google Maps  Google Translator  Google Trips  Lonely Planet Guide  LoungeBuddy  Maps.me  Meetup  Tripadvisor  Uber  Whatsapp  XE Currency

8/ Useful accessories

The accessories you will take in your bag for Bangkok will depend on your travel style:

  TSA lock ( my favorite )  Headlamp ( my favorite )  Sleeping bag ( my favorite )  Sheets ( my favorite )  Swiss Army knife (not in the hand luggage!) ( my favorite )  Travel clothesline ( my favorite )  Powdered or liquid detergent  Clothes pegs  Spork ( my favorite )  Ziploc bags  Lighter  Folding umbrella ( my favorite )  Toilet paper  Mosquito repellent ( my favorite )   Mosquito net ( my favorite )   Sunscreen cream  Aloe vera gel   Waterproof pouch for smartphone    For hikers : GPS, map, compass, water bottle   Walking stick ( my favorite )   Anti-sweat talcum powder ( my favorite )   Beach towel ( my favorite )   Sawyer water filter ( must-have !)  Pills to purify non-drinking water   Mask, snorkel, fins   Diving accessories (gloves, dive computer, lamp, knife…)

9/ Medication and first aid kit

I suggest that you consult your doctor and dentist before leaving. Beware of unauthorized medication and remember to keep your vaccinations up to date!

If you have a treatment don’t forget to take your personal medication and your prescription if necessary (or medical certificate).

You can buy a first aid kit already prepared ( my favorite ).

  Cotton buds   Tweezers   Round-tipped scissors   Pairs of single-use latex gloves  Bandages   Paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain   Sterile compresses   Disinfectant spray for wounds   Physiological saline solution in pods (wound cleaning)   Condoms and other contraceptives

For longer trips and higher risk locations, we can also add:

  Sterile adhesive skin sutures (steristrips)   Rehydration solutions (in case of dehydration)   Water purification tablets   Water decontamination tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur)   Medication for altitude   Medication for sore throat    Anti-malarial medication   Survival blanket   Tick tweezers   Ointment against itching (antihistamine)   Probiotics for the stomach   Corticosteroid pills and cream   Analgesics (painkillers)   Survival blanket   Cold medicine (decongestant)   Biafine (in case of burns or sunburns)   Broad-spectrum antibiotics without a prescription   Anti-diarrhea tablets (immodium, smecta)

10/ Activities and Useful Links + Printable checklist

You can download the complete travel list in PDF format and print it by clicking here.

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What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

What To Wear In Thailand: Thailand is a tropical country, which means that the weather can be quite hot and humid. Therefore, when it comes to packing for your trip to Thailand, you should keep in mind what kind of clothing will be comfortable and appropriate for the country.

Whether you’re planning a resort vacation in Phuket or an urban adventure in Bangkok, it’s important to make sure your wardrobe is appropriate.

With our today’s tips, you will be ready to enjoy the tropical climate and cultural wonders of this beautiful country in comfort and style!

How to Dress in Thailand?

What to pack for a trip to thailand.

  • Casual & Comfy Outfits
  • Outfits to wear at Temples in Thailand
  • Outfits to wear at the Beach in Thailand

Semi-Formal Outfits

Celebrity style inspo.

Thailand is a modest country, and it is respectful to dress conservatively when visiting temples or other cultural sites. Light, breathable fabrics and loose-fitting clothes are preferred. It is also best to avoid revealing clothing and shorts when visiting temples or other sacred places.

If you’re thinking of dressing or packing according to the weather in Thailand, then you need to know that Thailand is hot and humid almost all year round.

Winter is the most popular season there for tourists and this is usually in the months of November to February but even then, the temperature hardly drops below 25 °C with the sun shining throughout the day time.

So spending winter in Thailand is perfect as you can still get suntans and enjoy it to the fullest.

While you can wear whatever you want in most parts of Thailand, including bikinis as your beach outfit , when you’re visiting a temple or other religious site, your shoulders and knees should be covered as a sign of respect.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

Packing for a trip to Thailand can be an overwhelming experience, especially for travelers.

Knowing what to pack for your trip is essential to make sure that you have everything you need and don’t forget anything important. This article will provide a comprehensive guide on what to pack for Thailand so that you are prepared for your upcoming trip!

  • Light and breathable fabrics: Thailand is warm and humid all year round, so you will need to pack clothes made of lightweight and breathable fabrics. Therefore, Cotton, linen, rayon, and silk are great options that will help you stay cool and comfortable in the heat.  

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

  • Sun protection: Thailand is close to the equator, and the sun is strong all year round, so make sure you pack a sunblock. Bring a long-sleeved shirt and pants to protect yourself from the sun if you have sensitive skin. You can also opt for lightweight, breathable clothing made from sun-protective fabric.
  • Thailand is a conservative country, and visitors should dress modestly. This means avoiding short skirts, shorts, and revealing tops . Strappy tanks and booty shorts may be okay to wear at some of the beaches in Thailand but I definitely would not wear them in cities like Chiang Mai or Bangkok.
  • Accessories: Accessories are a great way to add a touch of style to your outfit and keep you cool at the same time. Pack a lightweight scarf to protect your head and neck from the sun. You can also bring a hat or a beach tote to carry your essentials while exploring the island.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

  • Comfortable shoes: You will do a lot of walking in Thailand, so make sure you pack a pair of comfortable shoes. Sneakers, sandals, and flip-flops are suitable for walking long distances. If you plan to visit temples or other sacred sites, make sure to pack a pair of shoes that can be easily removed, as you may be asked to take them off before entering.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

Casual & Comfy Outfits

These are the outfits that you can wear when roaming around the streets and markets of Thailand, for your casual lunches or dinners and for exploring different tourist destinations. If you want to take some fancy pictures for the gram, you can even carry and extra pair of heels or formal shoes with you that you can wear when taking the pictures and then put away when you need to walk.

If you’re traveling solo, you must also learn these tips on How To Take Your Own Outfit Photos.

22 – What to Wear to a Thai Massage?

Almost everyone visiting Thailand has a Thai massage on their itinerary, as the country is famous for its massage parlors. Mostly, these massages are done with you wearing your clothes so f you plan on going to one, make sure to wear something loose that allows freedom of movement. So imagine the kind of clothes you would wear for yoga (but not tight pants or sports bras).

The outfit must be loose fitting but, at the same time, not too revealing as you need to respect their cultural values, so short skirts or shorts also need to be avoided.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

21 – white cropped knit sweater with brown pants

If you ever find yourself struggling with what to wear in Thailand, go for the basics in your wardrobe. Pairing a brown pair of pants with a white collared shirt with a white knit cropped sweater as a coverup is your safest bet. To complete the casual yet easy look, you can wear your favourite pair of sneakers and a cute shoulder bag.

bangkok tourist attire

20 – dark blue jeans overalls with Red Bandana Headband

If you’re looking for an easy outfit pick that will give you a tourist aesthetic when traveling through Thailand, dark blue jeans overalls with a red bandana headband are a great option. This outfit is comfortable and casual, yet still stylish and put-together. Plus, it’s easy to pack and won’t take up too much space in your suitcase. For extra sunny and hot days, wear sunnies to protect your eyes.

bangkok tourist attire

19 – Skin-toned crochet top styled with matching trousers

Thailand is an amazing country to visit, especially during summertime. Beaches in Thailand are some of the most beautiful and alluring in the world, filled with tourists and locals alike.

If you want to remain moderate in your attire, you may choose to wear a crochet top as a cover-up for your bikini set. A skin-toned crochet top complemented with a pair of matching trousers is perfect for those looking to stay away from the more revealing beachwear.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

18 – Sky-Blue Collar shirt with off-white pants

For a casual street outfit in Thailand, consider a sky-blue collar shirt paired with off-white pants and styled with sunglasses, minimal jewellery, and white sandals. The sky-blue colour is both refreshing and stylish, making it a great choice for exploring the city or visiting markets and street vendors.

The collar adds a touch of sophistication to the look, while the lightweight and breathable fabric will keep you comfortable in the heat. Sunglasses are a must for protecting your eyes and adding a touch of cool to the look. Finally, white sandals are a practical and stylish choice for all the walking you’ll be doing.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

17 – Graphic T-shirt with blue jeans

This is a great casual and comfortable outfit for a city walk or a coffee date with friends. The combination of blue jeans and a white graphic tee is both classic and trendy, and the chain bag adds a touch of sophistication. The black sandals will provide a chic look.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

16 – neon green top with black flapper trousers

Visiting Thailand in the summer can be a great experience, but it’s important to be prepared with the right kind of clothing. Light-colored clothing with bright colors like yellow is a great option for staying cool.

A neon green top with black flapper trousers and a pair of flip-flops is a perfect way to look stylish and remain comfortable during the hot summer days.

With this fashionable and functional outfit, you can walk through the streets of Bangkok in confidence.

bangkok tourist attire

15 – dark blue denim jacket with jean shorts

When in Thailand, it’s a must to visit the green hilly areas. To enjoy the whole journey it is important to be dressed right. When hiking it is crucial to stay cool therefore, you can wear your jean shorts with a tank top paired with a dark blue denim jacket in case it gets chilly on the top. Furthermore, Don’t forget to pack a water bottle and your sunglasses!

bangkok tourist attire

outfits to wear at temples in Thailand

Thailand is famous for its temples, as they’re simply magical places. But since these are holy sites, you need to be respectful and wear modest clothing.

Shorts, tops that show cleavage and other revealing outfits should be avoided in these temples.

14 – a Red floral dress with brown sandals

If you’re planning a trip to a temple in Thailand, you may be wondering what to wear. Fortunately, we have researched the best outfits for temple visits. To ensure comfort and respect, a good option is to wear a lightweight, modest dress that falls below the knee and covers the arms. To complete the look, pair the outfit with comfortable flat sandals such as brown so you can explore the place with ease!

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

13 – floral Black and white maxi dress

A floral black and white maxi dress is a great choice for visiting temples in Thailand. This type of dress is both elegant and conservative, making it appropriate for the cultural norms of the country. The black and white colour combination create a classic and timeless look, while the floral print adds a touch of femininity.

Pair the dress with a pair of comfortable sandals, a hat to protect your face from the sun, and a scarf to cover your head and neck when entering the temples. This stylish and practical outfit will have you feeling confident and comfortable while exploring the amazing temples of Thailand.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

12 – White top paired with a long lilac skirt

Planning a trip to Thailand is an exciting prospect and should involve a visit to one of the many temples in the country. Wat Pho and Wat Arun are two of the most popular temples in Bangkok , making them ideal locations for a day of sightseeing. When visiting these temples, visitors should ensure that they dress appropriately and respectfully.

A white, loose-fitted top should be paired with a long, loose-fitted skirt; the skirt should be of a light color, such as lilac. Not only is this respectful, but it can help visitors to stay cool in the heat all while showing respect for the local culture and customs.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

Outfits to wear at the beach in Thailand

Thailand is all about beach life and you’re free to wear any of your favourite beachwear to these beaches. Bikinis, burkinis, shorts, trunks, speedos – everything is acceptable here. Remember to take your water-friendly flip-flops though, as shoes can get pretty messy there.

11 – Red-Orange Patterned dress with matching sandals

When you’re in Phuket, Thailand and you want to enjoy the beach with your significant other, don’t be afraid to wear red! A red-orange midi-length dress with straps is your best friend. Pair it with matching fiery red sandals and red lips, and your partner will be in awe!

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

10 – Long White string dress with lace

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

9 – white zip-up swimsuit paired with funky pants

Going to a yacht party in Thailand? Confused about what to wear? The safest bet is to wear your swimsuit with a pair of pants to avoid sunburn. You can wear a white zip-up swimsuit paired with funky pants.

it is equally important to use sunscreen when going on a yacht! No one wants to get sunburned on their trip to Thailand, so make sure you use sunscreen every day and reapply often if needed.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

If you have a fancy dinner planned in Thailand, you might want to pack some semi-formal outfits. These outfits can also be worn for drinks at Bangkok’s sky bar, Island hopping, the all night dance parties or even for visits to the palaces – basically any place where you want to look dressed up.

8 – A long White dress with black corset belt

bangkok tourist attire

7 – Multi-coloured Floral Top with Brown Shorts

For a fun and colourful summer look in Thailand, consider a multi-coloured floral top paired with brown shorts and styled with a pleated bag and shoes. The floral top is eye-catching and playful, making it a great choice for a day out in the sun.

The brown shorts provide a warm and earthy contrast to the vibrant top, while also being versatile. The pleated bag adds a touch of sophistication to the look and is perfect for carrying all your essentials.

Finally, comfortable shoes are a must for exploring the streets and beaches of Thailand. Whether you’re sightseeing or shopping, this outfit is the perfect choice for a day in the sun.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

6 – a white slit-top with black velvet pants

Going out for a night in a town in Thailand is an exciting prospect. When going to restaurants, it is a cultural norm to dress formally. A white slit top is a great choice for a night out, as it is stylish and provides a touch of femininity, while the slit detailing adds an element of sexiness.

To complete the look, consider pairing the outfit with gold metallic heels and hoops. The gold hue adds a touch of luxury and glitz, while the heels will help you to look and feel fabulous. Finally, don’t forget to finish the look with bold lipstick.

bangkok tourist attire

5 – black dress with tweed pockets Paired with green heels

For the perfect dress, you need to find the right shoes. Green heels are the perfect choice for a destination wedding in Thailand, as they give summer vibes! They add a touch of elegance to your outfit and they go great with your black dress.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

4 – Red-hot knee-length dress

For a romantic candlelit dinner in Thailand, consider a red knee-length dress paired with white pumps and a matching red purse. The knee-length hemline is both elegant and appropriate, making it perfect for a special occasion. The dress should be made of lightweight and breathable fabric to keep you cool and comfortable in the warm climate of Thailand.

The white pumps provide a crisp and classic contrast to the red dress, while also elongating the legs and making you look taller. The red matching purse adds an extra touch of glamour, pulling the entire look together and making you feel confident and stylish.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

3 – Thai Celebrities Celebrating Chinese New Year

Bangkok is known for its celebration of the Chinese New Year. We usually see the elite and Thai celebrities wear something traditional for this occasion:

  • Thai actress and model, Araya A. Hargate was seen in a beautiful printed red dress with her daughter looking super cute in a matching outfit. You know we have a thing for matching mother daughter outfits and this one truly stole the show.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

  • Another renowned Thai actress, Sririta Jensen Narongdej, posted a family picture where she was seen wearing a beautiful silk dress in a traditional print.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

  • Tha-Norwegian actress Urassaya Sperbund , went for a modern matching set outfit but of course kept it red in the spirit of the new year.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

Hollywood celebrities also love visiting Thailand, especially for its luxury spas and massage; here’s a look at what they have been seen wearing during their visits:

2 – Victoria Beckham

The Beckhams are frequent travelers to Thailand; here’s a picture from the couple’s Thai resort.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

1 – Angelina Jolie

Angelina has been seen in Thailand many times, including the filming for her movie Tomb Raider and she even got one of her tattoos from Thailand. Here we see her in a cute, casual fit as she visits a Thai spa.

What To Wear In Thailand? 22 Outfit Ideas and Packing List

Q. Can I wear shorts or leggings in Thailand? 

Ans. The answer to this question depends on the context and the location. Thailand is an incredibly diverse country, offering a range of temperatures depending on which region you visit.

While it’s always advisable to consider the local customs, shorts, and leggings are typically considered acceptable attire in tourist-heavy areas. However, if you’re visiting a religious site or a more conservative area, then you should opt for longer and looser clothing that covers your arms and legs.

Q. What should I wear on a plane to Thailand? 

Ans. When flying to Thailand, it is important to consider what to wear for the flight. Comfort is key when choosing the right outfit, as you may be spending up to twenty hours on the plane.

Opt for breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen , as these materials will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the flight. As for clothing itself, a casual outfit of jeans and a t-shirt, or a dress and a light blazer are both great choices.

Q. What clothes do people wear in Thailand?

Ans. The dress code in Thailand is quite relaxed yet there is a certain level of respect people should maintain when visiting. The most common clothing for daily life is simple and comfortable, such as T-shirts, shorts, and sandals.

In more formal situations, such as government offices or temples, visitors should dress more conservatively. This means wearing long pants or skirts, as well as long-sleeved shirts.

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  • As there is an amazing choice of very smart hotels, bars and restaurants – often with a very Western feel – it is easy to forget that the Thais are conservative people .
  • They are quite modest dressers and it's an integral part of their culture, not a fashion statement.
  • So neat, clean clothing makes you look good and is the best bet for gaining respect.
  • In mainland Thailand, no matter how hot and humid it is, don't wear sleeveless tops or short shorts when in public areas.
  • If you're staying in a hotel it's a good idea to take a light sweater or a pashmina as the air conditioning can be fierce at times.
  • When trekking, light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature . It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours – even after prolonged wear.
  • Wear plenty of good sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunhat and good sunglasses – and don't forget your insect/mosquito repellent .
  • Some unusual Thai laws you might want to bear in mind – it's illegal to leave your house if you're not wearing underwear, and you must always wear a shirt when driving a car!

Shoes to pack for Thailand

  • When visiting any Buddhist temples you will have to take off your shoes, so choose styles that can be easily removed. Socks are considered tacky, but comfortable flip flops or sandals work well if sneakers or walking shoes don't appeal. We love Hotter shoes , for lightweight comfort plus style.

Clothing tips for women

  • Avoing showing cleavage as it is thought to be in bad taste .
  • People seem to make more of an effort to dress smartly for dinner in the hotels and a nice top or sundress and shoes will be useful.
  • A wrap is also very versatile and can dress up any outfit, as will some simple costume jewelry .
  • If you are going to visit any temples wear longer sleeves, and wear a long skirt, pants or take a sarong with you. Also remember that you will need to remove your shoes. The Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range is good.
  • The humidity can play havoc with your hair – so think about accessories or a scarf to keep it looking neat and tidy.
  • If you're here on business then a smart suit is the order of the day. Thai women normally wear a skirt-suit rather than pants.

Clothing tips for men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear , try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • If you're here on business then a smart suit is the order of the day.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the weather

  • November, December, January and February is the cooler season when temperatures and rainfall are lowest, though for most tourists the temperatures will still seem hot.
  • March, April, May and June are very hot. As you can imagine, the humidity is very high here too so be prepared. Lightweight natural fabrics work best, and pack long pants and long-sleeved shirts to help keep the mosquitoes from feasting on you.
  • June, July, August, September and October are the monsoon season so not peak times for tourists, but if you do go then be prepared! Pack a lightweight raincoat and travel umbrella .
  • We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Thailand

  • Bangkok is a fascinating mix of cosmopolitan and chic hotels and the traditional. If staying close by the river opt for the water taxis over a hair-raising tuk tuk or taxi ride.
  • If your trip includes Thailand's islands such as Phuket, the key word here is ‘relaxed'. All types of dress are acceptable here and you'll see a huge variety. The weather's always hot, so you really don't need much and if you're backpacking, it pays to pack light. Our advice is to take a day pack with you and buy everything there – clothes and toiletries are just so cheap that it's really not worth carrying them from one country to the other and then back again.
  • Northern Thailand and its more famous stop offs of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai enjoy hot daytime temperatures throughout the year, although evening temperatures are a good deal lower from October to March when you will need to pack warmer layers or a pashmina for the evenings. Good sturdy walking shoes are vital. Make sure you take plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) and insect/mosquito repellent with you as it's very difficult to buy locally in the north and if you do happen to find some it will be expensive.
  • If you plan to hike up to higher altitudes in the northern hills, do check the likely weather conditions before your trip and be prepared for cool temperatures (even snow on occasions). You may need some warmer layers, which you could pick up at the markets in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai if you don't want to carry them for your whole trip.

Thailand travel essentials

  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle .
  • If you need to take cigarettes with you, you are not allowed to take more than 200 into Thailand.
  • Carry plenty of coins so you can always tip a little , it really makes a big difference to the locals.
  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country, and using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your main bag with a day pack or beach bag that will carry your daytime essentials .
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug , and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (230V) .
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! You'll find a wide selection of silks (scarves, clothing, purses, ties), or why not have something handmade ? The Bangkok tailors can create or reproduce almost anything for you.

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“What clothes should I wear in Thailand?” When packing, don’t just take into account the warm, tropical climate, but also cultural etiquette. Thai people are fairly conservative and modest and tend to dress accordingly. So, if you want to find out more about what’s appropriate to wear in a temple, on the beach or in the jungle, read on! Thailand is warm, sunny and humid, so it’s more than likely you will be sweating! Still, at times, it seems as the Thai are immune to the heat. They tend to wear a lot of clothing, sometimes even covering themselves from head to toe.

It’s because of the modest, and even somewhat prudish, nature of the Thai population. Walking down the street holding hands? Kissing out in the open? Showing cleavage?

Fortunately, the average Thai has gotten used to tourists showing some more skin – up to a certain limit.

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Rooftop bar

Rainy season, clothing checklist, additional tip for women.

Don’t stuff your suitcase with crop tops, jean shorts and miniskirts. Though there’s no law that says you can’t wear these items (and the Thai themselves won’t say anything), it is considered to be bad form and disrespectful.

What you should wear instead?

Clothes that are comfortable and can easily be worn together. And no, I don’t mean multi-length pants and a pair of hiking sandals; I’m talking about some nice leggings, a light, and airy short-sleeved blouse or a shirtdress, convenient for covering your bikini.

Don’t wear anything that shows sweat stains.

Dressing in swimwear while not on the beach, walking around bare-chested and wearing shorts revealing any part of the buttock area are absolute no-nos.

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On Koh Nang Yuan near Koh Tao

When visiting temples, religious buildings or government buildings in Thailand, covering your knees and shoulders is compulsory. This goes especially for women, but men are advised to do the same. Wear a shirt or blouse that completely covers your shoulders and a skirt, or a pair of pants, that at the very least covers the knees.

Wearing sleeveless shirts, shorts or short skirts, swimwear or showing cleavage is seen as deeply insulting and therefore out of the question.

Instead wear some long, loose pants, leggings or sweatpants, long (maxi) skirts and dresses. To cover your shoulders and knees, you can also wear a sarong or a large scarf. At many temples, sarongs are available for loan or rent.

Wearing loose footwear, such as flip-flops, boat shoes or loafers, can be quite handy since you’re not allowed to enter temples wearing shoes. Shoes with laces, on the other hand, are not very practical.

Cover your knees and shoulders in and around Thai temples

Cover your knees and shoulders in and around Thai temples. Photo credit: Ninara

With so many skyscrapers, the huge number of rooftop bars can hardly come as a surprise. Most of them are very exclusive (5 stars) and adhere to a strict a dress code. If you’re not dressed appropriately, you will be barred from entering.

Not allowed:

  • Sportswear or sneakers.
  • Flip-flops, sandals or slippers.
  • Sleeveless clothes, shorts and open toe shoes for men.
  • Backpacks, shopping bags, suitcases or other types of luggage.
  • Clothing that’s damaged or ripped.
  • Hats and caps

Just make sure you look your best and dress nicely. It is a night out, after all!

Wear your nicest clothes on the Sky Bar rooftop, Lebua State Tower

Wear your nicest clothes on the Sky Bar rooftop, Lebua State Tower. Photo credit: Ninara

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Wearing bikinis, bathing suits or swimming trunks on the beach is completely normal. Topless sunbathing, however, is a big no-no. String bikinis are also considered highly inappropriate and shocking in Thailand. You won’t get arrested for wearing one, but it’s not a great way to gain the average Thai’s respect.

Aside from that, wearing your swimming gear outside of the context of the beach or a swimming pool is frowned upon. Make sure you wear something that covers your swimwear when going back to your hotel.

Finally, you might like to know that Thai people don’t use swimwear and swim fully clothed. If you want to go for a swim somewhere that’s not too touristy, like at a waterfall or a local’s beach, we would advise you to do the same.

Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui. Photo credit: Boryeongsi

You will require special clothing for the jungle, especially if you’re going on a multiple-day hike, but you won’t need any special waterproof clothing that’s been treated with mosquito repellent or any such thing.

What you will need is a pair of good quality shoes with tread patterns that have optimal grip. Regular walking shoes or hiking shoes will do just fine for that. You won’t really need hiking shoes unless you’re planning to spend the majority of your trip in the jungle.

Sneakers like Vans, Chuck Taylor or Air Max are not very practical; the lack of grip increases the risk of slipping and they dry very slowly.

Open hiking sandals are also very impractical, as you’ll run a higher risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. Leeches (in the rainy season) could also become a big problem and there’s more chance of branches and shrubs causing scratches. This is why we advise wearing long socks and pulling them over the pant legs.

In terms of clothing, multi-length pants would be ideal. Alternatively, you can wear long sports leggings or loose sweatpants.

Hiking to the Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint in Krabi

Hiking to the Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint in Krabi

During the rainy season (June until October) it rains pretty much every day, but thankfully not for the entire day. Most of it falls during late afternoon showers.

So expect at least one big downpour a day. Make sure your backpack and day pack are waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Ponchos and raincoats are sold at 7-Eleven all over Thailand, but you can also bring one from home.

When it comes to footwear, make sure you’re wearing shoes with good grip, such as hiking shoes. Again, sneakers aren’t ideal because they dry slowly.

And as the rainy season is also mosquito season , you would do well covering up during the hours of dawn and dusk.

Finally, unless you’re planning on entering a wet t-shirt contest, don’t wear anything white.

Always take a raincoat during the rainy season

Always take a raincoat during the rainy season. Photo credit: Silvison

You should choose shoes that are comfortable and practical. We usually take three pairs of shoes to Thailand:

Flip-flops, hiking shoes, and a pair of fancy (but still comfortable) shoes.

Besides that, you could consider taking water shoes, hiking sandals and hiking shoes. High heels are best avoided.

Shoes are not allowed in the temple

Shoes are not allowed in the temple. Photo credit: tofuprod

While traveling, you won’t need many clothes. Keep that in mind and only pack essentials! Moreover, in Thailand it’s possible to have your washing done for 40-60 baht (1-2 euro) per kilogram; at your hotel or a local launderette, for example. Here’s a complete clothing checklist for Thailand:

  • 2 Sport shirts
  • 2 Long sleeved shirts
  • 1 Hooded vest
  • 3 Pairs of shorts
  • 1 Pair of multi-length pants/long sweatpants
  • 1 Dress/skirt
  • 2 Pairs of long socks
  • 7 Pairs of underpants
  • 2 Pieces of swimwear
  • 1 Pair of hiking shoes/sports shoes
  • 1 Pair of flip-flops
  • 1 Sarong or large scarf
  • 1 Raincoat/poncho
  • 1 Bandana/cap

Finally, I have one last tip for women.

Many women suffer from chafing inner legs – especially in warm and tropical climes such as Thailand’s. Wearing dresses or skirts (no matter how nice they look) is uncomfortable and painful. Especially when on the move for large parts of the day, as is common during travels abroad.

The solution?

Wear shorts or, even better, buy a pair of bandelettes : stretchy leg bands that, when worn around the upper legs, stay in place by means of a wide strip of non-slip silicone. Often made of lace, fashionable and not dissimilar to the tops of hold-up stockings, they’re light as a feather, and a lot less warm than any pair of shorts!

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Bangkok, the vibrant and lively capital of Thailand, is a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the world. Whether you are planning to hit the town for a night out or explore the city’s cultural landmarks, dressing appropriately is essential. The warm and humid climate of Bangkok makes it challenging to select the perfect outfit for a night out. In this article, we will explore some tips on what to wear in Bangkok for a night out.

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  • Dress Comfortably Bangkok’s hot and humid weather can be a challenge for visitors. Therefore, it is essential to dress comfortably. Light, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen are perfect for the city’s weather. It is best to avoid tight-fitting clothing or synthetic materials that can make you feel sweaty and uncomfortable. Loose-fitting tops, shorts, or a maxi dress are ideal choices.
  • Dress Respectfully While Bangkok is known for its lively nightlife, it is still a conservative city with a strong emphasis on respect for traditions and customs. Therefore, it is crucial to dress respectfully, especially if you are planning to visit religious sites or temples during your night out. For women, it is recommended to dress modestly, covering the shoulders and knees. Men should avoid wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts above the knee.
  • Dress Stylishly Bangkok is also famous for its fashionable and trendy nightlife. Therefore, it is essential to dress stylishly to blend in with the crowd. For women, a little black dress, a jumpsuit, or a pair of skinny jeans paired with a chic blouse and high heels are popular choices. Men can opt for a collared shirt, dress pants, and leather shoes or stylish sneakers.
  • Accessorize Wisely Accessories can make or break an outfit. It is essential to choose accessories that complement your outfit and reflect your personality. A statement necklace or pair of earrings, a bold clutch, or a scarf can add a pop of colour and glamour to your outfit. However, it is recommended to avoid excessive jewelry, especially when visiting religious sites.
  • Consider the venue The venue you choose for your night out can also influence your outfit choice. Bangkok offers a range of nightlife options, from rooftop bars and nightclubs to street food markets and cultural shows. It is essential to research the venue’s dress code before you go. Some upscale bars and clubs may have a strict dress code, while casual street food markets may allow more relaxed attire.

In conclusion, dressing appropriately for a night out in Bangkok requires a balance between comfort, respect, style, and practicality. Remember to consider the weather, respect the local customs and traditions, and choose an outfit that reflects your personal style while keeping in mind the venue’s dress code. With these tips, you can enjoy a night out in Bangkok with confidence and style.

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If you’re dreaming of exploring the captivating landscapes and rich culture of Cambodia, timing is everything. Choosing the best time to travel to Cambodia can make your trip even more magical. In this guide, we’ll delve into the ideal seasons, months, and unique activities to help you plan an unforgettable adventure.

Understanding Cambodia’s Climate

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Cambodia enjoys a tropical monsoon climate, which means it has distinct wet and dry seasons. Understanding this climate is crucial for planning your trip to ensure you experience the best of what the country has to offer.

The Dry Season: November to April

The dry season is characterized by clear skies and warm temperatures. This period is considered the best time to travel to Cambodia, especially if you love outdoor activities and sightseeing.

The Wet Season: May to October

The wet season brings heavy rains, but don’t let that deter you. The landscape transforms into a lush, green paradise, and there are fewer tourists, offering a more serene experience.

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Peak tourist season: november to february.

November to February is the best season to visit Cambodia. The weather is pleasantly cool, and the humidity is low, making it ideal for exploring temples, beaches, and more.

Shoulder Season: March to May

The shoulder season offers warm temperatures and fewer crowds. This is a great time to visit if you prefer a quieter travel experience and want to take advantage of lower prices on accommodations and flights.

Off-Peak Season: June to October

Traveling during the off-peak season has its own charm. You’ll experience the vibrant green countryside and can enjoy cultural festivals like the Water Festival in November.

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November: the perfect balance.

November marks the end of the rainy season and the start of the dry season. The weather is perfect for exploring the Angkor Wat temples and taking boat trips on the Tonle Sap Lake.

December: Festive and Vibrant

December is one of the best months to travel to Cambodia. The weather is cool and festive events are in full swing, making it an exciting time to visit Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

January: Ideal for Outdoor Exploration

January offers ideal conditions for outdoor activities. The average temperature is around 26°C (79°F), perfect for trekking in the Cardamom Mountains or visiting coastal areas like Sihanoukville.

February: A Month of Festivals

February is another great month to visit. The weather is still cool, and you can witness the Chinese New Year celebrations, which are a vibrant and colorful spectacle.

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Dry season adventures.

During the dry season, you can explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat without the crowds. The beaches of Koh Rong are also at their best , offering clear blue waters and sunny skies.

Wet Season Wonders

The wet season is perfect for experiencing Cambodia’s natural beauty. Visit the flooded forests of Tonle Sap Lake or enjoy the lush scenery of the countryside. The waterfalls, such as those in Kulen Mountain, are also in full flow and stunning to see.

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Booking Accommodations

For the best deals, book your accommodations well in advance, especially if you plan to travel during the peak season. Boutique hotels and eco-lodges offer unique and comfortable stays.

Packing Essentials

Pack light, breathable clothing for the dry season and waterproof gear for the wet season. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, and a good pair of walking shoes.

Special Events and Festivals to Consider

Water festival (bon om touk).

Held in November, the Water Festival marks the end of the rainy season and the reversal of the Tonle Sap River. It’s one of the most significant events in Cambodia, with boat races and festivities in Phnom Penh.

Khmer New Year (Chaul Chnam Thmey)

Celebrated in mid-April, the Khmer New Year is a vibrant festival with traditional games, dances, and ceremonies. It’s a fantastic time to immerse yourself in Cambodian culture.

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Visiting the cardamom mountains.

The Cardamom Mountains are a hidden gem, best visited during the dry season. You can enjoy trekking, wildlife spotting, and exploring the pristine rainforest.

Discovering the Mekong River Dolphins in Kratie

Kratie is the place to see the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. The best time to visit is from November to January when the river levels are lower, making it easier to spot these gentle creatures.

Cambodia is a destination that offers unique experiences in every season. While the cool season from November to February is generally considered the best time to travel to Cambodia, each season has its own charm and advantages. Plan your trip carefully, and you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable adventure.

Make your journey even more convenient with Bangkok Airways , offering great deals and excellent service. Embark on your Cambodian adventure and explore the rich culture, history, and natural beauty that this amazing country has to offer.

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