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1. Posted by figurine (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

I'm going to be going to SE Asia for a couple of months at some point within the next year or so, and I'm not sure whether it would be worth it to bring a laptop with me. I would definitely use it, but would it just be safer for me to leave it at home?

2. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y


Travelling in SEA at the moment and have recently bought a laptop in Bangkok. It's pretty safe around here and there are a lot of other people travelling with laptops. As long as you are fairly cautious with it you should have no problem! If you think you'll use it a lot, it'll be worth bringing it - internet cafes are fine but if you want to spend quite a bit of time on a computer then it's not so much fun! There is a lot of wi-fi about aswell, which is always good.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

This is my first trip with a laptop...The first time that I travelled with anything that I wasn't willing to lose other than my passport and credit card... I actually bought this laptop on the road out of sheer anguish at not having one.

It is a pain and hassle to tote around. I have to concentrate to make sure I don't dump it with my other luggage. I am wary that the thing will take up too much of my time.

But it has been invaluable....It seems worth it to me....This thing has been my music centre, my telephone, my picture editor, my entertainment centre, my info centre...and right now, in The Clover in the middle of Buenos chance to answer your question. The thing is actually paying for itself one dollar at a time.....I didn't go to an internet cafe today...I just went to a pub, which is where I wanted to go anyway.

But you gotta be ready to lose it, brah. It's a wild world.


4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1732 posts) 8y

Quoting figurine

I'm going to be going to SE Asia for a couple of months at some point within the next year or so, and I'm not sure whether it would be worth it to bring a laptop with me. I would definitely use it, but would it just be safer for me to leave it at home?

I guess most of the travelers who take laptops probably bring them back home with them. Then there are other who drop their laptops or have them stolen.

It is up to you!

If you intend to stay in cheap hostels keep in mind that they usually don't have any safe place to store a laptop. Even most "better" hotels to stay at rarely have a safety box large enough for a laptop. Some travelers just lock them up in a bag or suitcase and take a chance. Some take their laptops with them everywhere they go because they are afraid other backpackers/tourists will steal it from their room.

There are lots and lots of cheap internet shops that you can use on your trip. If you leave your laptop at home you can store photos on a portable hard drive that will easily fit in a safety box or your pocket. You can even download (free) Firefox and Opera browsers to a flash drive and duplicate the same favorites and other saved items you have on your home computer if you want. This way when you use that flash drive in an internet shop computer it is like having your home computer with you! You can also download other free programs like ClamWin Anti Virus, Notepad and other portable programs. Best of all it is small enough to fit in your pocket or take up little room in your walk around bag. (I have used one for maybe 5 years now!)

Good luck.

5. Posted by trueblue (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

You can find internet cafes wherever you go.A laptop to
me is just more unneeded luggage.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2009, at 2:56 PM by trueblue ]

6. Posted by Atherinton (Inactive 32 posts) 8y

Hey, I'm not sure if this has already been said or not but you can buy cheap 'netbooks' now. They are around $400 US and are extra small. But are only used for accessing the internet. I think it's a good idea and it's probably what I will go with on my next trip.

7. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 8y


this is a dilema im also having, i reli want to take my laptop for the main reason of keeping myself amused while i wait 9hours for my connecting flight at dubai airport....but i reli dnt think i will use it ther after that unless im up loading photos....

are laptops cheap to buy and are thy reliable??

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

Hi. I just want to second the idea of a netbook. I just bought an Acer for about $400 to take on a 3 month trip and it is about 2 lbs and 9 inches diagonally, so it does not take up a lot of space. If you want to bring a laptop these are probably the best way to go. Mine has about 160GB of storage, so you can store a lot of pictures and it came with XP. Mine has a 6 cell battery, but I believe that they also make a 9 cell adaptable battery. Just my two cents, but I think they are worth the money and even if it happened to get stolen I'd only be out $400.00 rather than the $2000 my home laptop is worth.

9. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 8y

Hiyas, is carrying a laptop any different from carrying your camera & associated equipment around? I do like the idea of the smaller laptops!

10. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

Most hostels have free wi-fi whereas you have to pay to use PC sometimes. Go the laptop, I wish I had taken one.