Last updated on April 23rd, 2019 at 03:49 am
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Understanding what to wear in Thailand.
“Flip flops are life, nothing leather, and yes you will need more than a bathing suit.”
This post is part two of my Thailand series. Read my general tips about traveling to Thailand here.
What NOT to wear in Thailand:
- Anything made with polyester. Not only it is hot and sticky, attracts oil stains, that are difficult to remove, smells, even if you wash it with time, it is also bad for the planet because it decomposes forever.
Leather accessories. It is humid and sunny 99% of the time. Leather is the first one to decompose in these kinds of conditions. If it is a dark-colored leather, it will stain anything it touches.
Umbrellas. When it rains, it pours here. Nothing will save you 🙂 So save some space in your luggage for some souvenirs. One can always buy a raincoat for 2$ at the local 7/11 store.
Heels. Unless you are planning to go out then disregard this statement. Thailand does not have any sidewalks. The roads that they have they share between scooters, cars, other pedestrians, and potholes. In general, the surfaces are uneven and not exactly pedestrian friendly. However, if you do want to seem taller (and skinnier) platforms are an excellent compromise.
What to wear in Thailand:
Good to have but you can buy it on the location:
Beach bag. There are two kinds of people on the beach: ones that bring a full on bag (moms with children) and others who bring only necessary things like phone, wallet, and keys. I am the latter if alone. Here are options for both.Don’t be a tourist, be a prepped superstar traveler!
Ocean shoes. If you are planning to go to remote areas, beaches, and snorkeling in shallow waters, then these shoes should be your priority. They dry quickly and weight almost nothing.
Good walking shoes that can withstand moisture is a must. This place is a perfect place for hiking and trekking so plan accordingly – Lightweight Skechers with memory foam and arch support. I would not recommend doing any jungle trekking in open shoes because of dirt, insects, sharp branches and stones, and mosquitoes.
Snorkel mask. While you can rent a mask everywhere the thought of some guy hugging that same mask with his gums before is nauseating. They are sold everywhere. Talk about a souvenir money well-spent!
Sunscreen and after sun lotion. Yes, you have to use it every day before, and after sun, so your skin stays tanned and toned longer.
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We found our new BREAKFAST PLACE in Phuket. . Do you know just how hard it was????😲 . Nothing, and I mean NOTHING is open before 11 am on this island. Even if Google says it is open it might be closed anyways….😒 . So write it down: Coffee Talk Caffè. Has waffles, pancakes, sandwiches, and awesome interior design. . It was such a happy clean and well- maintained spot that I want to come back as soon as possible! . Too bad Marsel and Julia day of fun is only once a week…..😔 .
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