It doesn’t matter what time of year it is you’re flying to Taiwan when you’re planning what to wear in Tainan, wondering what to pack. You must know that wet cold season in Tainan, for someone who doesn’t live in the tropics, simply translates to hot season; and their dry hot season to very hot.
Indeed, it doesn’t really make any difference whether you’re visiting during their cold season or their hot season, you’ll feel hot no matter. The weather in Tainan doesn’t allow for thick layers of clothes all worn at the same time. While that nips all your plans of parading your smart winter vacation clothes, it does mean light packing and less baggage for you.
So pack clothes that are light and made with breathable fabric. If you can, pack light colored clothes as well, as dark-colored clothes are proven scientifically to absorb more heat than light-colored ones. You should also stay away from tight jeans, long-sleeve shirts and tight blouses and always opt for loose comfortable clothing.
As a rule, you can wear whatever you like as long as it is not too revealing. Short shorts are OK, but shorts that hardly cover your bottoms are frowned upon. You may of course still wear those kind of clothes, including tube tops and spaghetti strap blouses that leave nothing to the imagination, if you like people ogling at you and attracting the wrong kind of attention.
Keep in mind that Tainan, although steadily progressing economically as a city in Taiwan, is still a long way from becoming the modern city you might be used to back home. Even though you’ll see people here-especially the younger generations-wearing short skirts, short shorts, sleeveless tops and many other clothes of modern variety, practice caution in wearing them and make sure you wear them at appropriate time and occasions.
You shouldn’t, for example, wear shorts and sleeveless tops when you’re visiting temples in the city. Wear cotton pants or mid-length skirts (for women), paired with a sleeved top. Remember that temples are considered sacred and you should abide by their rules to show your respect of the religion. It might be just an interesting tourist spot for you, but it is still the local people’s place of worship and you should treat it as such.
Also, take note that during the cold season, especially when there are typhoons, it could get chilly in the night and the early hours of the morning. Thus, it would be wise to bring along a light jacket to wear for such occasions. One jacket is usually enough for the whole duration of your vacation.
So, in general, you can wear whatever it is you like wearing during summer in your country. Simply remember to avoid immodest clothes that are more fitting for clubbing, unless you want people to treat you disrespectfully.
Finally, when you’re thinking of what to wear in Tainan, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. If you think conservative is dull and boring, then by all means pick the most modern clothes you can bring with you, but just make sure you don’t go overboard. The trick is finding the right balance between modern and conservative and sticking with it. When you think you’ve found that, then you’re definitely ready to have a great time in Tainan.