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Thailand What to Wear When You’re There

What to Wear When You’re There

Crystal clear waters at Zeavola, Koh Phi Phi

Where? A three week trip to Southern Thailand
Exactly? The route we took started in Bangkok, to Koh Samui & Koh Pha-ngan, on to Khao Sok National Park and Krabi. We then sailed to the Andaman Coast islands of Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi ending in Phuket.
Companions? My gorgeous friend Lucy Main (#girls trip!)
When? December 2013 – January 2014
When to go? The best time visit Thailand is between November and February, you’ll avoid rainy season and the heat is the perfect temperature for sunbathing.

Heading out to the New Years Eve Full Moon Party in Koh Pha-Ngan

What to Wear When You’re There? Thailand
You don’t get much more chilled out, sartorially speaking than when you’re travelling around Asia! Most tourists opt for boho (global traveller) style or sporty practical styles, the heat is so intense you just want to be comfortable. Clothing wise, take the bare minimum! Must packs are a sarong which doubles up as a shawl, blanket and beach throw, cotton vests and T-shirts (mainly short sleeves but a take couple with long sleeves if you’re in the jungle), shorts, baggy trousers and bikinis (which basically become your uniform!) There are hundreds of great markets and stalls in Bangkok (specifically near Khaosan Road) where you can stock up on ‘travellers’ essentials’. A couple of smart dresses, maxi and short are also good if you’re staying in luxury hotels. Take trainers, flip flops and day to night sandals, leave the heels at home. My advice would be to buy most of it out there, it’s cheap and disposable.

Poolside clockwise from left to right:
Chakra necklace – Daisy Jewellery, Pink Bikini – Accessorize, Cats-eye sunglasses – Topshop, Crystal bracelet – Swarovski, Turquoise ring – Miss Selfridge, Raffia Bag – the boutique at The Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, Bronzer – Chanel, Metallic pink sandals – H&M.

Clockwise from left to right: 
Jewelled sandals – Zara, Neon day dress – New Look, Orchid hair piece – River Island, Bronzer – Bobbi Brown, Turquoise and gold necklace – Nikki Lissoni, Snake print bikini top – Lara Ventura, Hair oil – Moroccan Oil, Argan 6 hair serum – Redken
Packing – Thailand
When you’re travelling round Thailand for three weeks, getting around on boats (some of which you have to jump ship mid-water), sleeping in jungle tree houses, rooms on stilts on the sea, as well as luxury beach huts (of course) it’s best to take a back pack and you have to pack practically. My advice when buying a back pack is to make sure it’s light to begin with, I found it so much easier to get one with a side zip rather than a single top opening, also it’s really handy if it has back straps as well as wheels. Although wheels do make it slightly weightier.

Me and Miss Main on the beach at Zeavola

Street Style

Here’s a street style gallery of some of the stylish people I met on my trip to Thailand, for a little bit of inspiration before you start packing:

Jordi Freeman (make up artist) looking gorgeous in a printed jumpsuit
Tropical print playsuits are perfect for this climate
What to wear to a Full Moon Party? Look no further!
David from MyOrganicHunter loves a neon accessory
Hippy chic in Koh Phi Phi
Graphic sarongs look great worn as skirts and dresses
Another printed play suit #trend
Cropped vest, batik sarong and layered bangles = easy beach elegance
Packing was shot on location at the pool villa at The Regent Phuket Cape Panwa


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  • Wow! Thank you for this beautiful article! Made me feel nostalgic of my holiday in Phuket last year. If you never visited the island of Phuket I suggest you go to one glamorous place – Phuket FantaSea Thai Cultural Themepark. Very civilized place and particularly I recommend it for having a Thai Costume photo shoot. When I had mine done, they literally had hundreds of dresses. But don’t worry, they will choose the one costume that will suit You best. I had never worn a Thai dress in my life before and the staff were very friendly to show how exactly to pose Thai style , which was really beautiful. They made me feel very special. The whole park was beautiful and offered a lot of Thai cultural things to see and do. The show was colourful, energetic, with beautiful costumes, lighting and breath-taking special effects. I really enjoyed the whole experience. It’s one of the places I recommend to visit when you’re in Phuket.

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