I arrive at the door, prepared to marvel at the architecture and lacquered facade of ornate buildings but I’m stopped in my tracks by a sullen guard pointing to a stack of grubby looking shirts and sarongs. I’m told THAT bare arm needs to be covered with a hideously oversized shirt.
My flustered explanations about the hot weather or the glistening beads of sweat snaking their way past my face make no difference. It’s official – temples in Asia don’t take kindly to bare shoulders or knees.
If you don’t want to end up doing the ‘penguin walk’ with a sordid sarong wrapped tightly around your legs (attractive I know 😉 ), just wear a pair of loose trousers and a comfortable top while visiting temples and palaces in South East Asia. You can thank me later 😉
I wore a pair of peg leg trousers with a simple white shirt the day we visited The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. These trousers are super comfortable but their structured look makes it seem like one has made a bit of an effort – just the kinda thing I like 🙂 I added a gold brooch and gold loafers for a bit of bling and threw on a straw boater hat for some reprieve from the sun.
Guess what? The rule doesn’t apply only to women. Men need to steer clear of shorts and vests too. Vid’s wearing a pair of loose cotton trousers we picked from Siem Reap’s night market and a long-sleeved tee. We were celebrating ‘Green Trouser Day’ didn’t you know 😉
Savi wears :-
Shirt – Zara
Brooch, bag, and trousers – Topshop
Straw hat – H&M
Sunglasses – ASOS
Tee – ASOS
Trousers and bracelets – Local market in Cambodia
Flip flops – Adidas
Packing for Cambodia? Check out all our outfit posts from Cambodia – there’s bright colours, maxi dresses, and gypsy necklaces on the menu