thats sumthing that i was thinking about....how safe are ur bags?? from airport staff and travellers alike
First - avoid taking valuable stuff with you. From the US we have to send our check-inbags through without any locks on them. I use an electricians tie to in place of the lock. (Inspectors can cut that plastic tie off with no problem!) I have been pretty lucky since NineEleven no real problems yet.
Don't put any valuables in your check in bag! Don't put passports, jewelry, money, gold rings, medicines you need in your check in bag on planes, trains or buses! Keep your valuables with you in your carry on bag. Keep your bag in plain site! Keep your money and passport on your person. Don't trust anyone you didn't know from back home, if that friend is a doper don't even trust him (or her!)
Plainly mark you check in bag. I have my initials written on the end of each check in bag and on the bottom side too! This makes it easy to identify your bag when it comes around on the carousel.
You won't need a laptop with you unless you need it for work or porno viewing. There are lots of cheap internet shops around Thailand that you can use. You can use a portable HD for saving photos or more SD cards if necessary!
I lock my carry on bag. I lock my bags when I leave my hotel room too! If you stay in cheap places you may have your stuff stolen by your next door neighbor tourist as much as the hotel workers. Use the security box that many hotels have for storing valuables. Don't keep the key to that safety box out in plain sight either!