What do you wear to look at ancient temples in 35°C heat when your legs and shoulders must be covered?
Light temple hopping
A plain black tee which covered me up sufficiently, without being too clingy. White may have been a more sensible choice, but I have yet to find a white t-shirt that isn’t see through… These fisherman trousers may be a tourist cliché, but they’re actually super comfy and have the benefit of letting a cooling breeze in through the sides! For less intense temple trips, flip flops were good enough footwear – these ‘Havaianas’ are really comfy, kept my feet as cool as possible and as an added bonus were washable. Those temples were dusty! All these were picked up from Patpong market (hence the quotes around brand names; all branded goods in this market are imitation) in Bangkok the day before we departed for Siem Reap. Maybe a slightly stressful way of doing it, but much cheaper than the UK! I did bring my sunglasses with me, because they’re prescription – they’re from Jigsaw and double as a handy headband.
Serious temple hopping
For days where our amazing guide Lo (pictured, what a guy) took us on a proper temple route march, some more serious footwear was called for. These are my dainty Converse, which I mention in this post, which were perfect. I’m wearing the identical twin of the black t-shirt from above (I’m very glad I took the precaution of buying two) and the results of my hunt for Temple Trousers, again from Patpong market. Surprisingly, they were actually long enough – if worn low enough on the hips, anyway! My watchis from Asos, although I’m not really sure why I needed it. Maybe so I could keep looking at it and saying “guess what time it is…. Temple Time!!” to S. Yeah, I’m totally not an annoying travel companion. I’m also holding my new camera, the Panasonic GF7, my sunglasses, and the folder containing FPM’sphotos for us to refer to on the way around.
Sidenote: just before this picture, a Chinese tourist had asked to have a photo taken with me. I have no idea why, but it may explain why I look a bit confused and/or amused!
What would you choose to wear whilst clambering around temples?
Linking up with Lindsey for What I Wore Wednesday, Kimba for What I Wore and Morgan for Mid Week Muse.