In general, you can find rooms around $10/nite in many Thai cities. At that price, why choose a hostel? Saying that, I still would not consider things left in your room 'safe'. Too many room keys floating around. Most door locks will not deter a real thief. I would trust the front desk safe or drawer over my room for valuables. You can always keep your passport, cash, credit cards, etc. in an undergarmet pouch, your camera in a day bag.
Have you considered pac-safe? A bit pricey, but cheap if it prevents theft. When you figure you can use it for many years, then the price and peace of mind it brings might be worth it. Your choice.
Good luck with your planning.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Feb-2009, at 17:29 by vegasmike6 ]
I've traveled around Thailand many times and I find Thai people are very honest. It's probably the other backpackers you have to worry about! It's far better to just get a cheap hotel. Most hotels will have safety deposit boxes for your stuff, so you don't have to worry too much. I've never had any problems.
Im travelling round Thailand for a month and planning on staying in hostels for the most part. Ive heard a few horror stories about peoples passports/bags being stolen whilst left in hostels. Although Im sure this isnt the case everywhere in Thailand. Im just paniking about having to walk round all day with my huge rucksack on my back all day in case things out of it get stolen
Has anyone had any bad experiences like this in Thailand and could you possibly give the name of the hostel either on here or by PM so I can avoid it?
Also what is securty like in general? Do the hostels have lockers to leave luggage/ valubles during the day?
Hotel or hostel if you have something stolen it could just as likely be a fellow tourists that did it.
Before you leave home check out what you intend to take to Thailand. If you have some really valuable stuff like an heirloom piece of jewelry or a keepsake that you would really feel bad if you lost it - leave it home! Leave a laptop at home because you can find cheap internet shops all over Thailand. If you need a laptop for saving photos you can take some flash drives or extra SD cards or even a small portable hard drive.
What price range are you looking for? Like the other post said you can also get some pretty cheap hotels. I would rather have my own hotel and my own toilet/shower than share a toilet with ten or twenty other people. Some hotels have safety boxes, I use them all the time for my valuables when I am traveling. Some hostels may have "shared" safes where you put your valuables in an envelope and they put that in a safe with other envelopes. I have a small zippered lockable bag that I use for the safety box. It won't stop a thief but they would have to cut it open to get stuff and that would be noticed right away. Something like this one:
You might have a greater chance of losing something if you intend to bring some guest back to your hotel room.
Make sure your bag or pack can be locked. You can pick up some cheap locks in Bangkok or get them in a discount store back home. I kind of like to have some small combination locks with me and use them on my bags when I am out of the hotel.
Thanks for all your replies!
Im not planning on taking anythig valuble, my most valuble possession will be my passport, cash, cards and tickets! Its just that I have heard people having passports etc stolen from hostel room. Im just worrying about silly stuff like where will I leave them when I want to go the beach Because I obviously wont be able to stuff them in my bra/ down my pants then!
I agree. I would not want to take my passport, air tickets, cash, etc to the beach. This is where you use the front desk drawer or hotel safe. Or leave it in your room and have your rucksack secured with locks or pac-safe. Good luck with your planning.
[ Edit: Edited on 01-Mar-2009, at 17:56 by vegasmike6 ]
This is going to sound stupid, but is there anyway you can pay to use a safe in a hotel your not staying in?
It is not a stupid question. I just don't know the answer. I doubt most hotels would cater to a non guest, but you could ask. It costs nothing to inquire at hotels closeby.
Almost all hotels/guesthouses have a front desk area. They will have a drawer or cabinet that is used for valuables. Most use a large envelope, valuables inside, tape shut & sign across the seal. I would trust that over leaving them in my room. I always take several manila envelopes with me just for this purpose You will have to use your best judgement once there.
Good luck with your planning
Personally, I wouldn't leave anything worth stealing unattended in a bag. All I would leave would be clothes. Most thieves don't want clothes.
IMO, locking your bag gives the appearance that you have something worth stealing. I really wouldn't want my bag torn open for a thief to find there was nothing worth stealing.
Your cash, cards and travel docs can/should be kept in a waterproof pouch. Although a "baggie" will do, it's better to get something more durable. There are many sizes and styles available. This can be brought to the beach.
Here's a link with good info for female travelers: http://www.women-on-the-road.com/travel-money-belt.html