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Skirt Length for Wats

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Skirt Length for Wats

Hello All,

I'm trying to decide how many full length dresses I should invest in for my upcoming trip. We will be in Bangkok for 2 days.

One day we are visiting Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace which I understand are rather strict about clothing, so I will wear a full length dress that day to be safe.

The other day we are visiting Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Will these also require a full length dress? My alternative is one that hits just above the knee. By American standards it's not at all revealing but I don't know if that will hold true in these Wats.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Skirt Length for Wats

To visit temples in Thailand your knees and shoulders must be covered. This is particularly necessary for the Grand Palace but should be followed out of respect for all temples.

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2. Re: Skirt Length for Wats

Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace is one of the very few sites with a strict dress code.

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3. Re: Skirt Length for Wats

I would again wear the full length dress or alternatively full length pants.

Cover knees and shoulders is the main thing.

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4. Re: Skirt Length for Wats

Buy a sarong. It's multi-purpose. It can be used as a skirt as needed or as a shoulder cover. It is foldable and can fit into most bags. If required it can serve as a bedspread, ground spread or blanket.

No need to have multiple dresses.

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5. Re: Skirt Length for Wats

A maxi dress with a pashmina to cover your arms would be ideal.

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6. Re: Skirt Length for Wats

knees and shoulders should be covered when entering the temples. some temples like wat prakaew, since you have to go pass the grand palace, closed shoes (no tongs) will also be required. they will lend you sarong if they think you need one.

Edited: 08 May 2013, 06:47
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7. Re: Skirt Length for Wats

Click on the Blue Board listing dress code rules.


PS. When our Aussie friends mention 'No Tongs' they are talking about Flip Flops :-))

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8. Re: Skirt Length for Wats

To avoid all the hassle of what to wear when travelling in south east asia, I always pack lightweight trousers and t-shirts with modest necklines and a bit of a sleeve. Not only are outfits like this suitable for anywhere and everywhere but they are comfortable (more comfortable than long skirts flapping about your legs in the heat) but also help to prevent sunburn.

I usually toss a couple of pretty tops for if I feel like dressing up a bit in the evenings. Most importantly you need comfortable footwear and although I don't like the look of them, the good old tevas take me anywhere and I can walk miles in them without getting tired feet.

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