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Travelling with Laptop? Yes / No?

  • mmay_wong

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    15th October, 2006
    Posts: 2

    Hi..

    I have intention to travel with laptop to cambodia. Having exposed to so many information make me wonder if its a good idea to travel with my laptop.

    Please advise if its a good idea to travel with my laptop?

    Cheers..
    May2

    #1 Posted: 19/10/2006 - 12:29

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  • joe92

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    19th October, 2006
    Posts: 6

    should not be a problem. Try to be discreet with it and you will be ok I think. Your biggest problem will be having to carry a computer around everywhere I think.

    #2 Posted: 19/10/2006 - 14:11

  • Laura_B

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    Personally I wouldn't bother, it's just another thing to carry around! Plus if you get stuck somewhere very hot, the heat could ruin your laptop. If you need the internet, Siem Reap & Phnom Penh have good facilities if not a little slow at times.

    #3 Posted: 19/10/2006 - 18:26

  • Vintage

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    24th October, 2006
    Posts: 6

    Hi, I'm living in Cambodia atm.

    A few points for you to consider re bringing a laptop:
    * The weight issue mentioned above - in the heat it's a lot of work to carry around a computer.
    * ECafes are everywhere with internet access from [all USD] 50c an hour to $2 an hour, or in remoter areas you may have to pay $3 or $4. If you're planning on doing a lot of typing etc or writing your novel, this will all add up, of course.
    * Damage - as well as the heat issue, which most laptops can handle a bit of, there's water and dust. Dust can be handled but getting caught in the rain with a PC is pretty sad unless you have it in a waterproof case. And we get real rain here.
    * What's your budget? Staying in hotels it's safer to bring a pc. If you're staying in $2-a-night guest houses it's not really the best thing to leave behind in your room. Thieves (possibly including other guests) may pay you a visit more easily in less secure places like these. However, you won't want to take it out with you at night or to the temples either, so be careful you're not setting yourself up for a bit of stress. You don't want to find that you spend your trip worrying about your computer.
    * Security - there is a lot of bag snatching, particularly in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, more at night, worse closer to public holidays and big festivals, more often if you're a female. As well as being alert, one good step would be to bring your PC in a (padded) laptop backpack rather than a typical laptop case - makes you less of a target and it's far easier to ride on a motorbike taxi with the backpack.
    * Insurance - a lot of policies won't cover something like a laptop unless you separately pay a premium for it. Check your policy details, including that it's covered if left unattended by you.

    Overall: unless you *have* to have your laptop here, I'd advise you to leave it at home. Pens and notepads are surprisingly portable, bendable, and easily replaceable. Use internet cafes etc to download your photos to CD etc etc.

    If you have to bring one with you, I expect it's for a lot of typing, because you're not going to come all the way to somewhere nice like Cambodia to play games, right? (Right???) My best suggestion here would be to buy yourself a "disposable" laptop (ie an old second hand one for $100 or something) which you won't worry too much about, and you could also leave here with a local when you go, who will appreciate it more than you'd expect...

    #4 Posted: 24/10/2006 - 14:55

  • mmay_wong

    Joined Travelfish
    15th October, 2006
    Posts: 2

    Thank you so much for all the replies.

    I think I will settle without my laptop.

    Thanks again...

    #5 Posted: 24/10/2006 - 18:57

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