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1. Posted by Nat (Budding Member 27 posts) 12y

would any one advise me not to take a digital camera to thailand due to pick pockets or thefts from rooms, or is this just the minority and id be pretty much safe if im aware and take care?

10 days... then here comes bangkok!
thanks
Nat

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

I've brought my digital camera to a lot of countries that were somewhat notorious for pickpockets.. including Thailand.

What I have done is gotten a carribeaner (one of those metal clips mountain climbers use) and hooked it to the end of my camera strap, then attach it to my belt, or somewhere else that's relatively safe and easy for me to get to when I want to use the camera. I haven't had a problem, but I am sure it's all hit and miss no matter where you are... I'd say go for it though, what's the use of having a camera that you aren't willing to take with you so you can actually use it...

Just my thoughts though.

3. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 70 posts) 12y

Yeah, I totally agree with Ian.

I met up with 2 brits recently. They have been travelling for the past 11 months and to date has lost 3 cameras, (dropped off a cliff, lost and one got into water) even before they reach their next destination which is --- Thailand.

Just be extra careful. Do the "strapping" thing like Ian ... your baby will be safe.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 12y

Just chiming in with the others really - I agree that it would be sad not to take a camera for fear of it getting stolen. Equipment on trips is always more at risk than at home, but you just have to keep a close eye on things (this caribiner idea sounds good actually). If you're really too worried, you could also get a bunch of disposable cameras and do that instead - at least they aren't worth much. The quality of photos from them is still usually better than the average digital camera these days anyway I'd say.

Cheers, Peter

5. Posted by Nat (Budding Member 27 posts) 12y

thanks, youv all been really helpful, i think i'll take it anyway...il just have to ensure the days i dont take it with me it is safe where i leave it.
like you say, what is the point in having a camera if your not going to take it with you?!

6. Posted by taevans (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y

For the record, when I went travelling last year I met this guy who I travelled Oz and Asia with for about 3 months. By the end of the trip, he'd lost 7 cameras in total! I was respensible for one (which I think I got stolen in Koh Phi Phi), but most of his he lost/broke whilst very very drunk. So, just take extra care and don't take it out at night.

I took only disposables - mainly becuase of the concern about losing my camera, but also because I like the thrill of receiving your photos when you get home and not knowing what will be on them! I'm off to Oz again on Tuesday, then Asia in a month.. this time I'm taking my digi and a dirt cheap film camera for Oz, then sending home digi from Oz and just using my cheap film camera in Asia. I don't want the hassle of constantly looking over my shoulder, or being afriad to take my digi out for a photo.

You pays your money.. take your choice

7. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

I never lost anything while traveling and I have been traveling since I 1966, going thru BangKok, Hongkong (notorious for pickpocket, especially on the Star Ferry), Paris (on the subways), Manila, Saigon, ect... I brought my camera on every trip I took. But have not lost any! Maybe some of the reasons for this might be because, most of the hotels I stayed in are average or better than average, I used the safelocker at the hotel (for a small fee) to keep my valuables, don't carry a camera bag to make it too obvious, but I often hold on to my camera when walking in the streets, if I sensed someone might try to steal or rob me (most of the time I could be wrong), I often stare at that person until he took off, if I took the camera to the beach, and go for a swim, I would have someone in my group to sit by it, or I would cover the camera with the towel and kept watching it.