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11. Posted by dauphine (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Quoting frosty

[quote=dauphine]I completely understand the "oh that's not mine, it's been planted" excuses, especially on young people. But the man from my hometown I mentioned, he's in his fifties, I know he's not into drugs (he's an old family friend) and I trust that he certainly would never smuggle, but his theory is that an actual kid/person smuggling chucked his stash onto him for whatever reason, fear of being caught, perhaps? Not to mention, who the hell hides drugs in the hood of a sweater you're wearing? It's so out in the open and easy to see/smell/find! Who knows, just a theory, I was only worried that the same thing might happen to me.

Kind of a feeble excuse that "some young person" stashed dope in the hood of his sweater while he is wearing it!

Sometimes people go to jail because they are simply stupid!

If you keep an eye on your own gear AND DON'T ALLOW ANYBODY to stick his stuff in your clothing - you shouldn't get into any trouble!

P.S. Did your "50 year old friend" turn in the young doper to the Thai police? Should be easy to find out who he was, after all your friend let him in real close to him for whatever reason.

Crowded airports, who knows? I ended up with a balled up burger wrapper in my hood once while I was making my way through LAX

12. Posted by dauphine (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Quoting clarife

Hi,

We've just left thailand to come into Loas, and I never once felt in danger, threatened or in any kind of trouble in thailand. I was paranoid to bits at KL & BKK airports that somebody was going to plant drugs in our bags but this was purely from watching too many movies like 'brokedown palace' & 'midnight exress'. I have a tendency to get myself worried over nothing! Thailands tourist industry is booming & without it a lot of people would have no way to survive. Once you have your wits about you and dont do anything you wouldnt at home you will be fine. Just remember, buying or taking drugs has penelties a lot severer in thailand thn at home, so dont be stupid and stay away from them!

As for your backpack, I havent heard from anybody that has had clothes stolen from their room, and we always left our backpacks in our room. We have moneybelts containing our passports, money& credit cards, and travel documentation on us at all times. If your guesthouse has a secure safe that you have the key to, you can leave these here. Even if your backpack was robbed, make sure nothing too important is in it. you can buy clothes for next to nothing in thailand but your not going to get another passport as easy!

Thailand is an amazing country, and I have heard no bad reports from anybody I met, besides being harrassed by tuk tuk drivers in bangkok & the odd scam, but if you do your research you can spot these a mile away and avoid all of this. Dont listen to stories about a friend of a friends uncles cousin, because that turns into chinese whispers! Listen to the posts on travellerspoint and you'll be fine

Enjoy!

Hey thanks

I don't feel comfortable getting into something with no idea what it could be like hence my post and my collecting all the information I can. I prefer to be well-informed. The only problem I have with a money belt is swimming, but when I was in Australia by myself at a beach I saran-wrapped my passport, travellers checks and whatnot, then put them in two ziplock baggies and into a zippered pocket on my swimshorts and it worked okay, despite me feeling like a paranoid, but better safe than sorry.
I'm not into drugs myself I've just heard drug-planting horror stories, is all, and wanted them cleared up, and so far, so good, with the exception of my great uncle and his fiasco. He was released after having my dad wire money to him for bail though. Still, totally false charges, but hey, it's like one in a million odds that something could happen like that.
Cheers!

13. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 8y

my first backpacking trip ... with no experience and little money... Thailand was just awesome...

I was worried about my suff too... i did two things

- Had two bags with me.. a big ruksack and a day bag. My cameras, credit cards & passport were in day bag... Copy of my documents & clothes in big one.. whenever i had to carry both, i just used to stuff my day bag in big one and off to road...

- Never had too much of cash with me... used my ATM card whenever i needed some...

Cheers & have a safe trip...

RoLa

14. Posted by mumba (Full Member 42 posts) 8y

Hey - you've had lots of great advice on here but just wanted to say that I travelled all over Thailand and I can honestly say that I only felt unsafe once and it was my own stupid fault for walking somewhere by myself late at night after too many beers......a guy (Thai) came up to me and gave me a fright, he was probably being nice but I just freaked. The moral of the story here is don't put yourself in the bad situtions and you will be fine - just the same as you would do at home I suppose!

If you are worried about your belongings in your room, I had a travel safe with me - it's a wire bag with a padlock that can attach under your bed or where ever to be honest. It was only about AU$40 and it was really useful as I didn't want to take my ipod, passport, credit cards out with me everywhere.

I hope you have an amazing time and please don't listen to horror stories - Thailand is a beautiful, amazingly brilliant place full of lovely Thai people and travellers doing the same things as you......you'll have a ball

Mumba :)

15. Posted by dauphine (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Quoting mumba

Hey - you've had lots of great advice on here but just wanted to say that I travelled all over Thailand and I can honestly say that I only felt unsafe once and it was my own stupid fault for walking somewhere by myself late at night after too many beers......a guy (Thai) came up to me and gave me a fright, he was probably being nice but I just freaked. The moral of the story here is don't put yourself in the bad situtions and you will be fine - just the same as you would do at home I suppose!

If you are worried about your belongings in your room, I had a travel safe with me - it's a wire bag with a padlock that can attach under your bed or where ever to be honest. It was only about AU$40 and it was really useful as I didn't want to take my ipod, passport, credit cards out with me everywhere.

I hope you have an amazing time and please don't listen to horror stories - Thailand is a beautiful, amazingly brilliant place full of lovely Thai people and travellers doing the same things as you......you'll have a ball

Mumba :)

So this wire bag...would be pretty hard to steal once it's locked somewhere? I'm sure a theif would look under a mattress but if it's locked on...interesting....must get one...

My biggest concern is for my belongings left in my room. I had one person PM me saying to cut a small hole in the underside of the mattress and stuff everything in there but to be honest, I'd rather not vandalise guesthouse property, and it's probably pretty obvious to anyone searching under the mattress for valuables...

Thanks for your advice!

16. Posted by dauphine (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Quoting rola_jutt

my first backpacking trip ... with no experience and little money... Thailand was just awesome...

I was worried about my suff too... i did two things

- Had two bags with me.. a big ruksack and a day bag. My cameras, credit cards & passport were in day bag... Copy of my documents & clothes in big one.. whenever i had to carry both, i just used to stuff my day bag in big one and off to road...

- Never had too much of cash with me... used my ATM card whenever i needed some...

Cheers & have a safe trip...

RoLa

Thank you! Thailand will be my first backpacking trip, most of my other trips were pretty touristy (especially Europe but that's why I went)

One question: what did you do with your daybag when you went swimming (if you went swimming, that is) ??

17. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

I'm concerned though, about guesthouse robberies. I'm not going to leave my bag on the beach if I should go swimming, and I'm obviously not planning on taking it in the water, so how safe are the average guesthouses, in your opinion or experience?

I stay in a lot of places that are cheap but one thing in common is that they all have some sort of security box storage for valuables. I use that safety box for my money and anything important I must keep safe!

If you plan on going swimming leave your valuables back at the hotel. It helps to have bags that you can lock with a padlock or combination lock. This won't stop a determined thief but at least you will notice that your stuff was stolen. I have seen some tourists with wallets in plastic pouches at the beach. (I don't do the beach thing, I have enough sun spots already! Some cheap hotels may have a pool if you must get wet.)

If something comes up missing from your hotel room it may not be the hotel staff that stole the stuff - it could be a fellow backpacker/tourist staying at the hotel that did it!

Leave really valuable stuff at home. Sometimes it is a better choice to pay a few dollars more for better accommodation than lose hundreds of dollars worth of ipods, cellphones or cameras staying in a cheap hostel.

Some people are perfectly happy staying in really cheap places and never lose anything, perhaps they don't have anything worth stealing!

18. Posted by dauphine (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Quoting frosty

I'm concerned though, about guesthouse robberies. I'm not going to leave my bag on the beach if I should go swimming, and I'm obviously not planning on taking it in the water, so how safe are the average guesthouses, in your opinion or experience?

I stay in a lot of places that are cheap but one thing in common is that they all have some sort of security box storage for valuables. I use that safety box for my money and anything important I must keep safe!

If you plan on going swimming leave your valuables back at the hotel. It helps to have bags that you can lock with a padlock or combination lock. This won't stop a determined thief but at least you will notice that your stuff was stolen. I have seen some tourists with wallets in plastic pouches at the beach. (I don't do the beach thing, I have enough sun spots already! Some cheap hotels may have a pool if you must get wet.)

If something comes up missing from your hotel room it may not be the hotel staff that stole the stuff - it could be a fellow backpacker/tourist staying at the hotel that did it!

Leave really valuable stuff at home. Sometimes it is a better choice to pay a few dollars more for better accommodation than lose hundreds of dollars worth of ipods, cellphones or cameras staying in a cheap hostel.

Some people are perfectly happy staying in really cheap places and never lose anything, perhaps they don't have anything worth stealing!

Glad to hear about the security lock boxes, the only valuables I plan to travel with would be my travel documents such as my passport and tickets, some travellers cheques, and my cheap digital camera, so I won't be heartbroken if they do get stolen. Ticked off, but not heartbroken :) Thanks for the advice, between this and the bus advice from elsewhere I've got all the info I need now! Cheers!

19. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

Glad to hear about the security lock boxes, the only valuables I plan to travel with would be my travel documents such as my passport and tickets, some travellers cheques, and my cheap digital camera, so I won't be heartbroken if they do get stolen. Ticked off, but not heartbroken :) Thanks for the advice, between this and the bus advice from elsewhere I've got all the info I need now! Cheers![/quote]

You can store lots of important information on the web. You can scan the passport information page of your passport and save it in an email that you send to yourself.

I save my flight schedules/itineraries, any emergency contact information, flight confirmation numbers - anything important - in an email to myself. If I need that info all I have to do is find a cheap internet shop and retrieve that info. Make copies of your passport information page for reference if your passport becomes lost. (I record my travelers check serial numbers and even the serial numbers of my hundred dollar bills I take with me - in email form and saved.)

Good luck.

20. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 8y

Quoting dauphine

One question: what did you do with your daybag when you went swimming (if you went swimming, that is) ??

although i started my trip alone but met so many great ppl that i used to hang out with, usually who were staying in the same hostel... so we went to beaches together and took turns in keeping an eye on our valueables while others were swimming and stuff...

just dont worry yaaar.... everything will be GREAAT .... ;);););)

RoLa