When travelling around Southeast Asia you won't fail to come across your fair share of temples and places of worship and just like being in Europe this is not the time to wear your shorts and singlets to explore these beautiful buildings. But in Southeast Asia with the humidity and heat it can be hard to imagine layering yourself up when all you want to do is wear as less as possible. Being respectful in these countries are still important though and check out these tips for dressing and being respectful of the culture.
Rules of Temple Etiquette
When visiting a lot of the major temples and palaces you will find that they sell a lot of temple appropriate options like the classic thai pants with elephants on that you will see nearly anywhere. All of these are great options as they are normally made from light material, so even though you may be layered up you still won't over heat too much compared to wearing jeans and a jumper.
Another important thing to remember when visiting the temples that women may never touch a monk or his robes. Touching a monk on accident requires the monk to perform a lengthy cleansing process so please be aware when passing a monk to keep a respectful distance.