Tristan is headed to Thailand on vacation this spring:
I am going to Thailand for 3 weeks in March and April, and need some serious help packing. The weather will be quite warm and muggy, so I'll want wear light things to keep cool. But, I hear that Thailand is a pretty conservative country, so I'll want to be respectful and dress modestly (we plan to visit temples, there are dress codes for covered knees and shoulders). I also don't want to look glaringly American, if at all possible.We will be doing a lot of walking, so good, comfortable shoes are a must. I don't mind picking up a few new pieces for the trip, but I'd like to be able to get some mileage out of them here in the States, too. Any ideas for things I can pick up that are cool, modest, and versatile, things that won't make me look obnoxious abroad, yet are snazzy enough to wear at home?
Dressing conservatively and also not dying of heat stroke can be a challenge. Take a few loose, comfortable clothes and plan on buying beautiful sarongs, tunics and other local pieces during your trip:
Tank - A layer with enough substance to wear alone when you're at the beach or away from the temples. Layer with a tunic when you need to cover up.
Tunic - This tunic top from Gap is tissue thin and on sale. I bought the chambray version last weekend. The white material won't block the sun, so don't forget durable sunblock underneath.
Pants - Linen beach pants on sale from Victoria's Secret.
Bikini - Bikini tops instead of bras always makes me feel like vacation.
Sneakers - When you're really hoofing it around town, sensible shoes are a must.
Sandals - For days where you can expose your toes to the elements.
Sunglasses - From Forever 21.
Toss a bunch of basic cotton t-shirts, a couple more pairs of thin pants and few more past-the-knee skirts in to the suitcase too. You should be good to go for an adventure. Any Thailand travel tips to share with Tristan?