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1. Posted by dan_so (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

hi all
I will be in thiland in august and im backpacking for a long time, so i will have a big back pack, and alot of improtant things on me. i will be staying in hostels all the time im travling around but im abit confused as to what i would do with my backpack if i was going out on the night drinking. Would i leave it in the hostel i am in? is that safe?. Would i just take most valuble things with me?. this probly sounds a stupid question but any info will be much apreciated.

Thx Dan...

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

You have the large backpack filled with smelly clothes (which no one will steal), and the small daypack that you keep with you as much as possible and which has your valuables in it. I don't know what it's like in Thailand, but in Australia most hostels have large lockers in the room that you can just about fit the large backpack in. I still wouldn't put your valuables in there, as these things aren't super-safe, but it's good enough for when you go take a shower or somesuch. If you want to head out for a night without taking the daypack with you, put the valuables in the hostel's safe. (Although I again don't know how good an idea it is to do that in Thailand. I suspect I would think twice about doing so at some of the dodgier hostels out there.)

3. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Quoting dan_so

hi all
I will be in thiland in august and im backpacking for a long time, so i will have a big back pack, and alot of improtant things on me. i will be staying in hostels all the time im travling around but im abit confused as to what i would do with my backpack if i was going out on the night drinking. Would i leave it in the hostel i am in? is that safe?. Would i just take most valuble things with me?. this probly sounds a stupid question but any info will be much apreciated.

Thx Dan...

Am going in a few weeks myself. I have never traveled SEA before .
if you are staying in hostels then get you own room , it should be just as cheap anyway and it will limit your chance of being robbed by a room mate.
I think in a lot of places you can get a safe to put your valuables into.
Take a padlock and maybe a chain as it will always come in handy for extra security.

4. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 9y

I've pretty much been staying in bungalows and such in southern Thailand and most of those places will have safeboxes in the reception but most of the time you might need your own padlock (which is prolly safer anyway). Sometimes the reception might close around midnight, meaning that you can't get to your stuff untill the next morning.

I have a nice camera, i-pod, etc. etc. and I'm not recommending this in any way and I know this sounds quite silly and it depends allot on what kinda place your staying in - I've pretty much gotten by by hiding valuable stuff in my room (i.e not leaving it around where it can be spotted though the window - putting it in dirty laundry bags etc.) and by *always, always, always* double checking if all the windows are closed and my door is fully locked, you'd be surprised how faulty those things can be.
If going out for a short trip late at night I'd sometimes leave some lights on in my room to give the pretence that someone is in the room (and perhaps leaving the tv on if there is one).

Like I say, not recommending it but if it's the only way I find it better than going around with a backpack full of expensive stuff that can easily be snatched.

:)

5. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 9y

Hey,

Sander is 101% rite, :) , nobody took my smelly clothes despite the fact that they were not that smelly,

i had my day bag with me all the time, with my cameras, passport, and credit card and cash...

i used to leave my atm card in backpack in hostel ( ov course with a padlock) so that in case i loose my day bag so i wont end up without money ...

Cheers and have a safe trip ... :)

RoLa

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Dan:)

Sometimes, the owners of guesthouses or beach huts, will look after your valuables. Probably your whole backpack, in some of them.
Although, I would recommend taking your cash, travellers cheques and credit cards everywhere, with u, in a money belt. If u feel u can trust the guesthouse owner, u could leave your money belt with them. When u get it back, make sure everything is there.
Sometimes some cash or travellers cheques will be replaced with sheets of paper, so u wont find out, until maybe weeks later. If u leave your credit card, with the guesthouse owner, be sure it is somebody u can trust. In fact, I personally would not do it. Credit card fraud is quite common, in Thailand.

U are right. Guesthouse or hostel rooms or beach huts are not a good place, to leave valuables. They are easily and often broken into. My 6 year daugher managed to get into one of the bunalows we were staying in, after I locked it. She did not even have a key. Even when u sleep, I would recommend wearing your money belt. Also, take it to the shower, even if the bathroom is in your room or bungalow.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 18, 2007, at 8:06 AM by Mel. ]

7. Posted by nicolson (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

take out your valuable stuff and leave the backpack with the "reception"..or the owner of the place.

8. Posted by dan_so (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

Cheers for all the info everyone, it all helps.

Dan :)

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Although, I would recommend taking your cash, travellers cheques and credit cards everywhere, with u, in a money belt.

As an addendum to that, don't put them all in your money belt. Always keep some cash or one of your cards in a second (and ideally even in a third) location on your person.

10. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 9y

I think the best thing is to keep valuable items to a bare minimum.
Use a small, over-the-shoulder bag to keep them with you.

Scatter money, credit cards and IDs about your person.

The lighter you travel, the less you have, the happier you will be.