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What to wear

  • Women topless at the beach or pool is offensive. Elsewhere, a light covering is appropriate; wandering around in a bathing suit is not.
  • Casual wear, shorts, cottons, short-sleeve shirts, sandals etc are all fine during the day.
  • At night, if going to nicer restaurants, men may prefer lightweight long pants; women, skirts or dresses. Baseball caps are bad form.
  • Nightspots reflect the beachy vibe of the south, but many ban men in singlets.
  • Business dress is normally casual. Dress like you're going to a nice restaurant.
  • The old adage that men don't wear shorts in Asia, is just that: old. The Balinese wear shorts for many occasions and you can too.