I'm a student travelling throughout SE Asia...how big a problem is petty theft in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia
Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia. Myself and my boyfriend can't really afford to be robbed..are there any areas we should avoid/ would it be ok as long as we are cautious?
Petty theft is a problem in every country, but varies from location to location. Generally, where tourists gather, the thieves follow. Watch your belongings on buses (even if it's under your seat). Never leave valuables lying around, and if you're going to places like the full moon party, leave the camera and phone in the hotel.
I'll link to a few articles about scams and petty theft for you at the bottom of this reply, plus tips on how to avoid it.
But if your boyfriend can't afford to be robbed, he ought to make sure he's properly insured.
http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/post/24483.aspx about 8 years ago
I agree with Phil. It's about being sensible, you wouldn't leave your valuables in a unsafe place at home so don't do it on your travels. Keep money in different places and keep a copy of each others passport and bank card details so that if one of you should lose something, the other has money and a record of your documents. ATM machines are in most places these days so don't carry wads of cash.
I've been in Asia almost 3 years now and had two minor incidences (one which was my own fault!). In China I left my handbag on my chair when I left a restaurant, when I realised 2 minutes later and went back it had gone. The thief was caught on CCTV but nothing was done and could not claim on my insurance as it was unattended. In a tourist area of Thailand I was on the back of a moped and someone drove up behind and tried to steal my necklace, fortunately for me I grabbed it before they could get it! The lesson here is leave your expensive jewellary at home. I've always felt very safe in Asia and found 80% of the people are honest and helpful. Enjoy your trip. Teresa about 8 years ago