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11. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 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...

You could always stay in a "better class" hostel/hotel, one with a security box to safeguard you valuables - and do not leave the key to that box out in plain sight! Check your doors often, you can put something balanced on the door knob that will make a racket if a door is opened. (Coke can with pebbles or coins in it will do. I always stick my key in the crack over the door, usually it is on a large tag that will fall and make a noise when the door is opened and I am asleep!)

I don't like ground floor rooms or even upper rooms that have a walkway that passes my windows - too much chance there! Choose your cheap hostel with security in mind.

If you get ripped off in a hostel or hotel more than likely it will be by a fellow tourist. Use bags that you can lock with a padlock, this won't stop a thief with a razor knife from getting in but you will recognize that you have been robbed sooner.

Like the previous poster said, keep your valuables to a minimum! There are lots of internet shops all over Thailand, if you planned on taking a laptop - don't, leave it at home. Lots of info can be transferred to a flash drive that is small enough to keep in your pocket.

You can store information on the internet, simply record any info that you need in an email to yourself and save it. You can store flight itineraries, flight reference numbers, telephone numbers, serial numbers of travelers checks - lots of important stuff! Make photocopies of the information page in your passport, you can even scan that page into an email too. Keep the photocopies in different places in your bags. The photocopy of your passport page will help you get a replacement passport at your embassy.

Also, pick your friends carefully! If you get ripped off remember it most likely is by another tourist or someone you allowed into your room! When or if you have "guests" stay over in your room - lock your wallet and stuff up before you take a shower or go to sleep! Better safe than sorry!

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

cheers frosty all sounds good advice so really the main thing is just to use coman sense, and be extra carefull when it comes to valuables. Im going to definatly use the advice on making the door make a sound when it opens.

Thx Dan :)

13. Posted by linly (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi there

Like to give some advices, (I am Thai) well, you probably buy your own key in advance
There are many types,selecting one depend on the door,use your own key for sure.

As there are thieves among us in everywhere

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

Quoting Curt1591

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.

Although muggings are rare, in Thailand, bag snatching is not. Dont use an over the shoulder bag.
Also, if u ride a moped or motor bike, do not put valuables, in the basket. I met a couple who had been pulled off their moped, while it was moving, by a gang of thieves, on Koh Phangan, who wanted to take their shoulder bags. The body parts, that had contact with the road, had the skin completely removed, and one of them even had to have a few stitches. ;)

15. Posted by tortuga (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

what about a messenger type bag? i would think backpack day packs would be easier to rob

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