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1. Posted by shy9999 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

hi there.
no experience, i am planning to travel to thailand on my own. i have no idea, what is the best way to carry my money (bank, cash, cards, money order), as well i wonder, what would be the safest way to deal with valuables like passport and money as i am out and about. don't want to go swimming with them, is it safe to leave at my place of accomodation. thanks for your advice.

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

You can place your passport and other valuables things in a safety box. Some hotels have it in the lobby and rooms. One of the guesthouse in KSR has a locker like in high school.

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

locker is a good option if you dont want to carry your day-bag with you all the time, but carrying a day bag has its perks, you can put ur cameras, passport, extra shirt, credit cards etc...

you might not want to carry lot of cash around.... ATM card can come handy, you might have to check with your bank first though....

Cheers & have a safe trip ...

RoLa

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 8y

Quoting yosi

hi there.
no experience, i am planning to travel to thailand on my own. i have no idea, what is the best way to carry my money (bank, cash, cards, money order), as well i wonder, what would be the safest way to deal with valuables like passport and money as i am out and about. don't want to go swimming with them, is it safe to leave at my place of accomodation. thanks for your advice.

Stay in a hotel that has a safety box for security storage and use it! Only bring stuff with you that you would not cry over if it became stolen. Keep the valuables down to a minimum or better yet leave them at home.

If your hotel has a safety box where you keep the key to that box - don't leave it out in plain sight in your hotel room.

Bring bags with you that you can lock up. Also bring some spare padlocks to lock the bags or the door if the door if you are in a cheap place with hasps on the doors.

I like travelers check, I do get them free of commission from a credit union. Only bring the checks with the larger $100 sizes to cut down on fees. The fee to cash a TC in Thailand is 33 baht, which is usually cheaper than many ATM charges.

If you take out money from an ATM make sure that you notify the card company that you will be overseas because your ATM withdrawal may be denied because of the possibility of fraud. Some ATM fees are real high, some cards have no fees for ATM use overseas (like some credit unions.)

Good luck.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Yosi,
You got good advice from all the above posts. Your room is the least safe place to leave valuables. Use the lockbox if available or use the front desk drawer and your own envelope if not. Take large envelopes with you, put your valuables in it, sign the seal and leave it with the front desk. A better option than your room. Buy an undergarment pouch for your passport, travel checks, cash, air tickets, etc. and use it when on the plane, bus, boat, taxi. Have a great time in Thailand. Send me a PM if you have any questions on Thailand.