Traveling to S.E. Asia with MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saphuso, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. saphuso macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2012
    Hi - I'll be traveling to S.E. Asia (specifically Vietnam) this october, with my brand new 13" MBA. Never really traveled out of the country with a laptop before. I will need it to transfer my photos, and watch some movies during the long flight. If anyone has, I'd love to hear some advice on a few things.

    1. Is it a good idea to bring the MBA to Vietnam?
    2. Will I need any wattage converter and/or socket adapter?

    Anything else to offer is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. tehdee macrumors member

    May 7, 2006
    leave it at home, bring an iphone or ipod touch and a couple extra sd cards for photos.

    unless you need to be photoshopping on the fly you dont need the laptop.
    depending on your accomodation youll be uneasy leaving it in the room while youre off exploring, youll be uneasy while travelling domestically, etc...

    personally, i wouldnt bother...
  3. VinnieSpaghetti macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    For the voltage you might need a plug adaptor of Type C (Europe). Vietnam has a mix of both US & EU plug sockets depending where in the country you are. Though even most guesthouses in Vietnam these days have wall sockets than can accept both US & EU plugs.

    I have travelled S.E. Asia a dozen times since 2007 (Vietnam included) and never had any of my electronics stolen to date. Just apply the simple rules you do at home and lock it in your bags/safe and you won't have any problems when you leave your hotel room and you'll be fine. Everyone these days seems to travel SE Asia with an iPad you will quickly notice...

    I traded my MBA for a MBP that's too bulky to travel with and even thought I have since bought an iPad I miss it sorely on vacation. It's truly the best of both worlds!
  4. shamash macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2008
    Taichung, Taiwan
    I don't know what Tehdee is talking about, but most of Asia is considered safer than America. I would rather have my laptop in Asia than I would in Chicago or New York.

    You just need an adapter, not a converter. I asked the Apple Store about this recently, I was going to buy their World Traveler Kit, but it's basically an overpriced adapter :p You get 1 of 6 countries, if I could have gotten 6 South Korea ones it would have been great, but nope.

    The Magsafe works 100-240V making it safe to use pretty much worldwide.
  5. Tibits macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    Of course you should bring your laptop. It's a LONG flight, and you will be happy to have it. As always, make sure your machine is backed up prior to departure and check that your insurance covers out of the country.
  6. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    +1... at most take a Pad or Touch, too many risks traveling half way around the globe to a 3rd-W country like that.
  7. shamash macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2008
    Taichung, Taiwan
    Vietnam is not a third world country. It has ONE minor third-world classification due to a lack of freedom of press.

    My dad goes on business trips ALL OVER Asia, and I'm moving to South Korea in a few days to teach English. I promise, you're not going to be mugged for your Macbook. Everyone there has PCs so they can play Starcraft with better settings anyway.
  8. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    You better off taking an iPad , I wouldn't risk a $1000 plus computer
  9. saphuso thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2012
    I would, but I don't have an iPad. Only the MBA.

    Thanks everyone for the responses!
  10. macneubie macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    if you do bring along your MBA, make sure it is encased in good thick protective padding cases, and most importantly, handcarry when boarding the flight. You wouldn't want your laptop to be checked-in and subjected to the various gymnastics as it gets malhandled after it disappears out of sight while on the way into the aircraft and onto the carousel.
  11. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    No issues. I travel all over SE Asia (including Vietnam) and you should not have a problem. Only concern would be to secure it in your hotel room when you are out and be careful from flashing it around in public locations.
  12. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Been traveling around Asia, including Vietnam, for almost a decade. Always have my MacBook Air, always have my iPad, always have my iPhone. Nary an incident.

    Now, if OP is staying in youth hostels and hanging out with backpackers, then maybe he needs to rethink what he's carrying around. But that's a function of the people he's around and not the country itself. Vietnam is fine.
  13. new-to-mac macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    as long as you observe the same carefulness you do in your home country you should be fine. Vietnam actually is booming with tourists and theft is highly penalized so it is actually a low crime place. My personal recommendation if you are hiking around take good protection since you might fall or something like this. Same applies to your camera. Bottom line you'll do better with an MBA than an iPad since not every place has wifi and 3G will kill your roaming charges. Don't forget your ethernet adapter if it is a MBA 2012 model

    FYI: I was in Vietnam 2 yrs ago and you'll find the friendliest of people at least in the place I was: Hanoi, Ho Chih Minh and northern Vietnam (sapa, halong bay, etc)
  14. Timshan0876 macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2012
    San Marino, Los Angeles, California
    You might not even need an adapter.

    I brought my MBA and iPhone to China, Hongkong, Taiwan and Japan and the charger worked just fine in each country.

    The charger itself has a range of voltages that it can handle, which is 100-240Volts
  15. greg99 macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Last month I spent two weeks with my family in HK, Singapore and Langkawi.

    All you need is a physical plug adapter, not a voltage converter. Machine worked great, was glad for the lightweight machine and not my big Dell work laptop.

    It all depends upon what you need to do - if what you need to do requires a laptop, take it. If not, stick with the iPad. The MBA travels well everywhere in the world (can't say for certain about Antarctica ;) ).

  16. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
  17. saphuso thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2012

    Thanks everyone for the advice and tips. I have some reassurance and peace of mind now.

    If I have another laptop or iPad, I would rather take that on the trip, but maybe another time.
  18. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Long Flight

    For the "long flight" surely the air carrier already has a seat-back entertainment system?

    But if you have several movies in there you're waiting to catch up on by all means.

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