Can I please have advise on what to wear when visiting Pagodas and Palaces in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Respectfully... Cambodians are too polite to tell you they are offended when your attire is not appropriate. For the temples of Angkor t'shirts & longer shorts are fine - just remember that if you wish to visit the Bakon (top level of Angkor Wat) you must have shoulders and knees covered or you will not be allowed to enter. And no skirts for any women in your group - the stairs are very steep and skirts provide the kind of 'view' to anyone climbing up behind you that you absolutely did not plan on providing!!
More coverage also means better sun protection - SE asian sun is fierce - and remember sunscreen on first and insect spray over the top (and re-applied regularly)
Any working temple or monistary - respectful attire (no singlet tops, short shorts, bare midrifs or cleavage)
Royal palace in PP - conservative respecttul attire
Thanks thmoore, so 3/4 trousers below knees and t/shirt with sleeve covering shoulders is fine?
absolutely fine .. enjoy your trip
Shorts/tshirt is fine both in Vietnam/Cambodia. :)
Remember its hot so dress accordingly to keep cool. Very lenient in the temples as long as you dont dress like you are going to go for a swim. ;)
Shorts are a no go in temples, even if the locals don't complain.
^quite ok I even see locals wear shorts.
I even ran into some monks a few times without their orange robes - tis a strange world indeed. ;)
Show your respect to The Budda and monks by wearing your appropriate clothes like Thmore said. Monks would appriciate you much if you do that. I know it because I'm a Buddist.
I know too - I am also Buddhist :)
I think it's respectful to wear clothing that covers your shoulders, chest and legs. Most of the larger Pagodas will have temporary clothing that you can borrow. As a woman, I find it's always useful just to carry a scarf in my bag just in case! But generally, as long as you look decently dressed, you will be allowed access to most of the Pagodas. Cambodians and Vietnamese are amongst some of the friendliest people I've ever met!
Hope this helps!
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