Backpack or Suitcase for Asia?

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11. Posted by Beachesand (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

If I were you I would choose to bring just backpack. The roads and transportation in most places in Asia will not suitable for a walk with suitcase. My experience in those countries you mentioned it's best to carry a big backpack and a small one for short trip out. Especially in Vietnam, most of the time you'll be sitting on a motorbike (either you drive or sit in the back), and no where on it to fit your suitcase in.

12. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3102 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I haven't had much of problem with a wheelie. Sure there are times you must use the handle on a wheelie like a regular suitcase but still no big problem. Now about 10 out of 20 years with 2 duffel bags, one bigger for check in and one smaller for carry on. Past 10 years with 2 wheelies. Bigger one for check in and smaller wheelie for carry on.

Not my first choice but I have used motorcycle taxis when I had to. The driver would stuff one bag in front of his legs and I carry the second bag. I can snap a shoulder strap on my smaller wheelie if needed.

Just do what you want. If you do check in a pack for a flight secure any loose straps so they don't get ripped off on the carousel. (Some tourists stuff the pack in a sack for protection and to keep the fabric cleaner.) Maybe have a way to secure some flaps with locks when leaving packs in a hotel or dorm. Suitcases and wheelie bags usually have a way to lock them built in.

Photo link showing capacity of motorcycle transportation:
http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/overloaded-motorbike.html

Use whatever works for you!

13. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I am 100% a backpack guy, specially if i travel alone.
First, if you are alone, you usually don't need that much stuff.
Second, it is more practical if you are walking around towns or airports, at least for me!

14. Posted by solomolo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I would go with a backpack. The convenience of being portable when needed is useful for places in Asia.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

15. Posted by RachelB17 (Budding Member 42 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

What about using a backpack and then a another bag---like a duffle or something for items you want to purchase.

16. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

It all depends on what type of travelling you'll be doing and how much stuff you're taking with you.
Even a light suitcase isn't great if you're out in the countryside but you wouldn't have an issue with it in the cities (provided you can carry it), however a heavy suitcase or backpack really suggests to me that you should review what you've actually got in the case/pack as you may not need some of the stuff you're lugging around.

17. Posted by OKisaway (Budding Member 7 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

hi everyone!
going to Thailand and Cambodia for 2 months. Leaving in 2 days and already packed 1 small backpack (for stuff like laptop, camera, documents and some money) and 1 check-in luggage. idk, we'll see how it works :)

18. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3102 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

"going to Thailand and Cambodia for 2 months. Leaving in 2 days and already packed 1 small backpack (for stuff like laptop, camera, documents and some money) and 1 check-in luggage.."

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I personally wouldn't leave my money in a backpack. But that is me! Have a way to lock your backpack to prevent pilfering when you are sleeping or in the can. (Even on a plane sometimes people are caught stealing from other passenger's bags.)

For 2 months verify your visa requirements for Cambodia and Thailand.

Good luck.

19. Posted by OKisaway (Budding Member 7 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Karazyal! Yeah, I know about locking the stuff. I usually travel with some luggage locks for backpack and regular bike locks for hostels/other places I stay in.
I checked my visa requirements - I'm good!
Thanks again!

20. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3102 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

"I checked my visa requirements - I'm good!"

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Okeydokey!

Yeah, you really don't want to find out that there is a problem at the departure airport and miss your flight.