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Style Smart: Tourist Spots With Dress Codes


What makes the world fascinating is not just the different landscapes of each country but also the varying cultures of its people. When you're a visitor in a foreign land, it's best to mindful of its traditions and beliefs — and this includes following prescribed dress codes.

It's not just the weather that we should consider when planning our travel outfits but also their propriety, depending on the destination's culture. Here are a few tourist spots with dress codes that you should be aware of.

Attractions In Vatican City, Italy

The city-state of Vatican is home to many iconic landmarks of the Roman Catholic religion, including the marvellous St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine chapel, whose ceilings have Michelangelo's iconic painting. Most of the spots in this city are considered holy ground, so the usual dress codes when you go to a Catholic church applies here. That means wearing non-revealing tops, dresses with hemlines that go past the knees.

Make sure to follow these rules because the last thing you want is to be turned away by the security and missing the chance to visit these amazing architectural and cultural landmarks.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai's sprawling metropolitan is known for its very modern and edgy architecture, luxury shopping and delicious Middle Eastern dishes. Although the modernity of Dubai's lifestyle is undeniable, you should still abide by their traditional dress codes when visiting the emirate. In commercial establishments like malls, you'll find dress code notices and even though these may not be strictly implemented, you should still follow them to avoid being blatantly called out by a security personnel or a local.

However, if you plan to visit places of worship like a mosque, then you should definitely dress in accordance to the dress code. The important thing to keep in mind is to have your shoulders and knees covered at all times. Have a scarf or shawl (or pashmina as they call it) on hand when leaving the hotel just in case. When packing for Dubai, skip on the mini skirts and body-con dresses — unless you're going clubbing — and bring a lot of leggings, capri pants and cardigans instead. 

The Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

For over a hundred years, the Grand Palace complex was the residence of the King of Siam and his family. Now it's visited by thousands of tourists each year to see the great Thai architecture. Since this complex has a lot of temples inside, visitors are required to abide by the dress code, which is to not wear sleeveless tops and to cover the legs. At the entrance, cloths are provided for cover-up but you must give a deposit. In some temples, like the Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), bare feet are not allowed so you must have socks before you can enter the temple.

The Sultanate Of Oman

In recent years, Oman has been garnering attention from travellers because of its serene landscapes and stunning beaches. While its neighbouring cities boast modern architecture, Oman's charm lies in its seasoned palaces and mosques. If you want to give this beautiful country a visit, make sure that you follow their dress codes to avoid misunderstanding with the locals. As a rule of thumb, always wear closed shoes and cover your shoulders and legs whenever you're visiting holy grounds and public establishments. 

(Cover photo from: chescademesa)

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