What To Wear In Thailand?

As a tourist, here are a few things you will need to put on to make your stay in Thailand memorable.

Before getting packed for any vacation, you need to ask yourself what you need to stay comfortable in the country. What does a country with a more reserved culture do? What should one wear in the hot and humid weather of Thailand? This is a simple task! Just by reading this, you won’t have any issues fitting in with the local customs. Learn appropriate attire for visiting temples, the beach, and other locations in Bangkok. Find out which materials are best, which shoes are most comfortable, and more.

Is There Anything Special You Should Pack for Thailand?

Culture and weather will be our first topics of discussion. Imagine a PG-13 area of Utah on such a hot summer day. While there are no hard and fast regulations about modesty in Thailand, it is always preferred if visitors opt for a more covered-than-not approach. Better service is what you can expect. Included below are some suggestions on what to pack for your trip to Thailand, including both Bangkok and the beach.

Sun Screen

After drying off from a shower, the first thing you should do is apply sunscreen and insect repellent to your skin. Because of its proximity to the equator, Thailand experiences extreme ultraviolet radiation all year round. Thus you should still take precautions in Thailand. If you’re naturally fair-skinned, you don’t need convincing, but if you’re a member of the cavalier “I never burn, I simply tan” camp, read on. You will be content if you meet the reader at SPF 30 (minimum). Applying high-quality sunscreen to your face and body is the first step in sun protection, but there are many more suggestions throughout this piece.

Sunscreens with chemicals known to harm coral were prohibited in Thailand’s national parks last year. There is a discussion of fines of up to 1000 baht (almost US$3000), but we cannot attest to the effectiveness of law enforcement. You should err on the side of caution and search for sunscreens that employ zinc oxide or titanium oxide instead of oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methyl benzylidene camphor, or butylparaben. As the word “reef-safe” is unregulated, you should always double-check the components before using it.

In search of a certain brand, a high sun protection factor, or cruelty-free or hypoallergenic formulations? You should carry your sunscreen unless you happen upon a Bangkok immigrant grocery or a luxury hotel gift store that has it in stock. You can choose one that is non-sticky and keeps your skin protected without bothering your skin all day.


Indrani Karmakar from Siliguri is a writer and artist. After graduating in Political science, she broadened her horizons and dived into the world of creativity. She loves adding humour and innovation to everything in and around her. When she is not working, you will find her collecting oddly shaped pebbles, doodling, crafting, and if you are really lucky- you can even catch her humming!
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