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Luang prabang/ Laos Dress code

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Luang prabang/ Laos Dress code

Hello, guys as I am going to visit Luang Prabang in a couple of weeks and I would like to know if it possible to enter tourist attractions with short pants/ knee length pants. Do I have to wear long pants that cover up all my legs to enter the Wats in Luang Prabang like the wats Xieng thong and the national palace museum.

Thank you

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Simplest thing to do is take a wrap.

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So this means that they don't allow shorts right?

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You do realise the temples are places of worship? Would you wear shorts in Westminster Cathedral? Calf length shorts would be acceptable and no string tops.

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In Asia we always wear light cotton long sleeved tops and long pants - it is much easier simply to be polite, and my partner always carries a scarf in case she needs to cover her head. If we are aware and prepared it is recognized and appreciated by the people whose country we are visiting as is learning a little language to be polite which is also welcomed wherever we travel.

We had a great time conversing with Sicilians in Palermo last year, they really appreciated the effort we made, and the lady we booked our Ha Long Bay cruise with also appreciated our polite words in Vietnamese in our emails.

Good luck and enjoy your trip

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When visiting Buddhist temples (and the one in LP are temples used by the locals) you should wear tops with at least short sleeves and a minimum of 3/4 shorts.

I have seen tourists walking in with bikini tops and short skirts and shorts, seeing the faces of the locals they were not too impressed.

So it would be good if you consider the dress code when visiting Laos.

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Shorts seem to be acceptable in most wats if the shorts aren't too flashy and you behave respectfully. Being an older male also helps. One exception is the royal palace and my impression is that that is more culturally motivated then religious.

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