What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Chiang Mai is quite casual and laid back. I RARELY see people wearing a full suit (maybe only at the nice hotels) and most people wear either a polo shirt and khakis or a button-down shirt and khakis to work. - Mar 2019

A suit is a rare sight. Thais dress neatly and modestly at work and in public. - May 2007

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