Cultural differences – what not to wear to a temple

I’m actually not sure whether this falls under cultural differences or just under common understanding. In any way, the Thai news was filled lately with people dressing inappropriately while visiting a temple. The last one dated back to August, when a tourist visited a temple here in Phuket in a see-through dress. She most probably just walked off the beach and thought she would be able to go to the into the temple dressed like she did. However, after photos appeared on Social media, she was invited to the police station to get a lesson on Thai culture, and she had to apologise for her actions.

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Dress in Phuket, Thailand

What to wear in Phuket?

Here in Thailand the saying “clothes make the man” really holds true, as I have noticed that Thais really appreciate if farangs (foreigners) make an effort to maintain a professional and reserved appearance. This does not mean you have to wear your 3 piece suit when you go out. Not at all – t-shirts and shorts are acceptable for going just about anywhere – but you should think about what you wear when you go out.

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