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The real deal on money belts

Posted by planetclare on 29/7/2007 at 05:58

I'd love to get some opinions on the necessity of wearing money belts in Thailand. I've traveled pretty extensively in Europe, and have never used a money belt, and have never had any problems with theft. Perhaps I've just been lucky, but they've always seemed to me to be a cumbersome, uncomfortable, flashing neon sign screaming, "Tourist! Tourist!" Instead, I prefer to always keep an eye (or more often, a hand) on my purse, and to keep my passport tucked away in an interior zippered pocket so it can't be pulled out easily. But this will be my first time in Thailand, and I'll probably be going to a lot of the more touristy sites. So what do you think: money belt or no?


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Posted by marianwarren on 29/7/2007 at 09:02

Hi Clare

If you've managed to avoid the bag-snatchers in Italy, Thailand should be a doddle. Same rules apply. I used a normal leather handbag with a long strap and zippered pockets, worn across my chest and just kept my hand on it in crowded places.

Kind regards


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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/7/2007 at 15:22 admin

I agree with Marian -- if you survived Italy without getting robbed, you should have no problems in Thailand.

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Posted by planetclare on 31/7/2007 at 21:10

Hmm, perhaps I should have been more specific...I haven't spent that much time in Italy, but lots of time in England (lived in London for 3 months) and France (several trips to Paris, plus backpacking around the eastern side of the country), plus smaller trips to Denmark, Spain, Wales, Ireland. Will I still be OK?

BTW, I think I WILL definitely take a money belt if I ever venture further into Italy! :-)

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Posted by marianwarren on 1/8/2007 at 02:11

Hi Clare

I think you'll be fine. Wear your bag across the chest rather than on the shoulder, and carry everything you value in zipped pockets. There are opportunists everywhere in the world - Thailand's pretty cruisey - use commonsense and you'll be okay.

I have taken a money belt on 3 extensive trips (a gift) and each time after the first day or two I've ditched it and it languishes in my luggage the entire trip.

Travel well


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Posted by GussieG on 1/8/2007 at 17:12

About the only time I use a moneybelt is when travelling from place to place with all my luggage. Otherwise, leave your valuables in the guesthouse safe/locker at reception, and only take out what cash you need for the day. At least that way, if the worst comes to the worst, you only lose a bit of cash and not your entire moneybelt contents!

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Posted by sonicbum on 2/8/2007 at 15:09

LoL, i agree with GussieG!!! The ONLY time i use my money belt is in transit to/from airports. Mainly for convience reasons, you got ALL your important paperwork in one place... Im male, so i dont have a purse, but I have found Thailand (compared to the rest of the places ive been in the world) to be full of nice people everywhere!! Obviously crime takes place in EVERY country, but Thailand is country I have always felt pretty safe, and Ive taken less defensive measures here. Im a solo traveler and Ive never really had a time when i felt in danger here, even late at night walking around.. Also, I usually feel safer in the popular tourist areas, because I feel like unless you have money hanging out of your pocket, they are not going to bother you. And every hotel ive had, including the one right now in Patong beach (little buddah guesthouse) for $12USD a night has a free safe deposit box.

Have a safe trip, and i bet you will feel pleasantly suprised at how safe you feel!!!!

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Posted by erinj on 3/8/2007 at 07:44

In Costa Rica I wore a flat money belt under my clothes. It was a bit uncomfortable, but reassuring knowing everything was safe. If I had a safe in my room though, I would leave it all there, and just take the necessities.


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Posted by alisonmilliken on 14/8/2007 at 14:43

I agree about the moneybelt in Thailand. I lived there for three years (in BKK) and travelled a fair bit. And never bothered with a moenybelt. I did always have a handbag you can wear across your body though. Although there was never a problem. I never heard of any incidents of theft among my friends or anything. The normal sensible rules apply though.
Have fun! ALISON

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Posted by KRStamm on 11/9/2007 at 23:16

I will throw my 2 cents in even though this post has been up a while. When I was in Kenya the first place a thief would go for is the money belt either on your waist or around your neck. If some one wants to steel from you they know where tourists keep their money. I know this sounds a bit silly but in hotels that dont have a safe I kept my passport and stuff; if I was doing a day trip, in what ever "holey book" was provided. Who in the right mind will steel from God? Just watch out for wandering hands in crowded places, and of course dont leave your bags unattended in a crowded spot.

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Posted by tazzy on 13/9/2007 at 14:28

I agree with the other posters you should be Ok without a money belt, just use common sense, keep big money in a front preferably zipped pocket or better still an internal pocket. keep a few small notes close handy for small purchases like drinks etc in another pocket.
If you are concerned about your belongings leave them at your hotel or guest house locked away.I have purchased a small pacsafe that you can attach to rigid objects in your room if there in no safe, money well spent

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Posted by raffaela on 13/11/2007 at 06:58

hello i just wanted to say that us Italians are robbed as well when we are tourists in other countries : ) just to cheer you up

love to all

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Posted by annu75 on 16/11/2007 at 15:25

just get a money belt and tell us about it;-) i think it's worth getting it, it costs like 10bucks and i think it makes you feel safe and you have to worry less. i like them even if they stick to my skin in summer. you can also get the one you can hang around your neck and if the string is long enough you can just tuck them in your pants. believe me noone will see you are a tourist...

i am definitely getting a new one for my next trip...

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