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Dress code in Surabaya

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Dress code in Surabaya

Not really a question as I think I have the answer

I left Bali on a bus provided by Denpasar airport / government wearing shorts /beach clothes

The stares I got in Surabaya were uncomfortable and the royal plaza shopping centre was particularly uncomfortable

Just thought I'd share and maybe save others the discomfort

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1. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

I got stared in surabaya wearing a t-shirt and a long skirt with long leggings underneath. It may not be the clothes

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2. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

I don't think it's the clothes. Firstly Surabaya is not Bali, so less foreigners there, and secondly people in Surabaya don't usually wear beach clothes coz Surabaya is not known for it's beaches. My sons often visit in Bandung, and they always wear surf shorts and T-shirts and flip flops, and get stared at by girls.

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3. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

HI,

Surabaya, and the rest of java, is very different compare to bali in terms of freedom of clothes. They are more strict and there are religious influence to the people, so shorts/bikini/basketball jersey is considered as a wrong clothes to use

I recommend you to use long pants and comfortable shirt, which didn't really shows your shape of body. Flip flop also comfortable to use since surabaya is scorching hot city

Hope you didn't get another stare, and you will start to blend up with the local culture here!

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4. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

Surabaya is a working city so beach clothes would be considered to be strange. Long lightweight trousers and t-shirts with short sleeves would be a better option. For the ladies, it’s best to avoid tight tops showing cleavage.

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5. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

Hi, wondering about ladies wearing knee length dresses in Surabaya? Not skin tight but considered modest wear by Aussie standards. Thanks

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6. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

That would be perfectly and absolutely all right.

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7. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

Thanks, Schonefeld , much appreciated.

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8. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

Very welcome and happy travels!

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9. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

I,Made a simular mistake,there and at Semarang 20 yrs ago.I was getting around,with Shirt off.Until told to Wear Shirt."I,won't make same mistake,there ,next year!.

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10. Re: Dress code in Surabaya

@gregory b,

Yes, please, won't.

Happy travels!

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