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Oct 20, 2016 13:41 |  #1

Travelling to Vietnam in january ..Several destinations along the coast mostly cities..

I hear lots of stories of theft ...Wondering weather its worth taking my expensive gear.

Big camera big lens easy target i suppose but i will be visiting Halong bay UNESCO world heritage site.

I dont know what to do but i am sure the good people of POTN will be happy to share their opinion..

Should i Man up or lay it safe...


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Oct 20, 2016 14:09 |  #2

I traveled twice with 2 bodies + lenses and nothing happened to me :) as long as you keep everything with you ALL THE TIME. If any1 try to mess with you just go ahead beat the $h!t of them. I used to :) ! I was born in South and never been North but I've heard a lot of nice places there. Ha Long Bay is gonna be my next visit :) good time and have a safe trip !




  
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Oct 21, 2016 05:43 as a reply to  @ BJ_Nguyen's post |  #3

And insure your gear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




  
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Oct 21, 2016 06:15 |  #4

Lots of Australians have been to Vietnam with SLRs and ... oh wait, they were self-loading rifles. Never mind.


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Oct 21, 2016 07:27 |  #5

Pippan wrote in post #18162754 (external link)
Lots of Australians have been to Vietnam with SLRs and ... oh wait, they were self-loading rifles. Never mind.

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Oct 21, 2016 11:15 |  #6

I was there for 3 weeks in May. I found the Vietnamese people to be extremely honest, kind and generous...much more so than North Americans. I traveled all over the north ending up in Hoi An. Not once did I even feel uncomfortable with my gear. I found it to be very safe...more so than cruising through just about any North American city.

If you are concerned, get insurance...but don't get all worked up over hype you read. It's extremely safe.




  
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Oct 21, 2016 12:15 |  #7

I was there for 2 weeks with a body and 3 lenses. I was reminded several times by family who live there to be careful. If you did what I did and ride on the back of a motorbike, then make sure everything is secure. I was told that it's not uncommon for people to drive by closely and snatch belongings. Also when you're walking around, don't be oblivious to your surroundings. Keep your hands on anything valuable.

I had no issues in the end.


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Oct 21, 2016 15:16 |  #8

Thanks everyone.

I am going to take my gear trying to get it insured but i don't have receipts any more.

Does any one know of an insurance company that may cover this kind of thing ?


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Oct 21, 2016 17:24 as a reply to  @ rooeey's post |  #9

I have State Farm. They just wanted me to make a list of all my gear and right down replacement cost for each item. Really easy. It's part of my home owner's insurance.




  
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Oct 21, 2016 22:06 |  #10

If you're a homeowner, then you can add it to your homeowner's policy. If you're a renter, you should have renter's insurance (many people don't, but you ought to) to which you can add protection for your equipment similarly.


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Dec 09, 2016 13:01 |  #11

more likely to be robbed of your gear in Sydney or New York than Vietnam.
Just don't leave it unattended on a patio.
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Jan 07, 2017 07:18 |  #12

rooeey wrote in post #18163185 (external link)
Thanks everyone.

I am going to take my gear trying to get it insured but i don't have receipts any more.

Does any one know of an insurance company that may cover this kind of thing ?

There are several options, just do a search. Most will just want the serial numbers and a value you want to insure for. Makes sure you take lots of pics of the items as proof that you own them (with you holding them, etc etc) in case anything does happen.


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Jan 07, 2017 07:18 |  #13

Pippan wrote in post #18162754 (external link)
Lots of Australians have been to Vietnam with SLRs and ... oh wait, they were self-loading rifles. Never mind.

lol :)


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Jan 07, 2017 13:13 |  #14

philmar wrote in post #18208051 (external link)
more likely to be robbed of your gear in Sydney or New York than Vietnam.
Just don't leave it unattended on a patio.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsj​xKpYEK (external link)
https://flic.kr/s/aHsj​xJtK8v (external link)

Enjoy your trip

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