I'll be a solo female traveler at the beaches in southern thailand for a few weeks in July - and was looking how others have handled going swimming, etc with no one to watch your stuff...
I'm afraid to leave my passport back at the hostel/hotel but certainly don't want to leave it unattended on the beach...how do folks handle this generally?
#1 wheelse has been a member since 6/4/2009. Posts: 6
wheelse, put your valuables in your bag, padlock the bag and chain the bag to something immovable in the room. The huge majority of thefts are opportunistic aka you leave some cash lying about, or people nose through your bags, if they can't see it they can't be tempted.
Personally I do this with my laptop, camera, passport e.t.c your *far* more likely to have something like that stolen from the beach than your room.
#4 dageshi has been a member since 1/3/2008. Posts: 56
Like the others, I would suggest leaving your passport at the hostel/hotel. However if you are still concerned, you can get one of those small waterproof pouches and put youru stuff in that, and carry it around your neck while swimming.
I use one for my small camera when snorkelling so I know it's 100% waterproof.
I think, however, if you are just generally swimming and frolicking in the waves you might tend to find it a nuisance. But it's an option for you to consider.