It's right in the thick of a hot, wet summer in Cambodia and you should definitely consider wearing cool clothing to combat the heat.
As far as conservative dress is concerned - it's not as strict as you might think. Locals tend to dress very conservatively, especially women - but if you wear reasonably modest attire you wont have any real trouble. T-shirts, cropped pants or decent lenth shorts are perfectly acceptable. If you wear attire that isn't too short or revealing you will be fine - the only time you should really ramp up the modesty is when visiting a temple, shrine or holy site.
Jesse - World Nomads almost 7 years ago
Cool linen or natural fibre only, nothing man made unless you get something specialised that draws the sweat away from your skin.
Agree with Jesse - you will be amazed by what people will wear, but if you want to avoid a lot of people being nosey, then dress conservatively. Take a hat and remember to drink a lot of water. Take rehydration drops. almost 7 years ago
Both Sam and Jesse speak well. In addition to the fibre, always powder your whole body (it absorbs sweat and cools you). Sorry, I don't know if you are a man or woman. For women, wear a skirt past your knees. You can wear pants but the Khmer will consider you more traditional if you wear a modest skirt. As for the blouse, something simple that does not show your bra through it. For gentlemen, wear nice pants and a button-up dress shirt, a tie would be appreciated. almost 7 years ago
Skirts are great, especially those jersey ones that are in right now; nice and long and flowy. They create good air circulation! One tip: If you're not supermodel-sized, your legs may create some friction. Either find some nice cotton shorts for under your skirt or in addition to the powdering, try deodorant to prevent "thigh burn"! almost 7 years ago