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    Quote Originally Posted by Expat yorkshire View Post
    The exact same thing happened to me a couple of years ago. The snatch was at 8:30am in the morning outside Notre Dame I am now much more cautious in Saigon as the level of crime has increased significantly in the last five years. This does not only affect tourists. I know many local people who have had laptops and iphone stolen out of their hand as they were making calls. Make sure your travel insurance can cover the FULL LOSS of your camera and lens. I now have 10k of cover after my previous insurance left me with a big loss .
    Any recommendations on such travel insurance?
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    Brought my 7dmk2 recently to hcmc ..Hanoi and halong bay.....the locals will be interested in ur camera..but as long as u don't leave it dangling because u.it should be safe...I was worried that even my hotel concierge asked to use my camera to take photos of me n my gf...but at least he returned it..he was just another photo enthusiast..just gotta know one dslr like mine can buy 2 scooters there..so yeah...I even got approached by a drug dealer in Hanoi...quickly hid my camera away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eggie87 View Post
    Brought my 7dmk2 recently to hcmc ..Hanoi and halong bay.....the locals will be interested in ur camera..but as long as u don't leave it dangling because u.it should be safe...I was worried that even my hotel concierge asked to use my camera to take photos of me n my gf...but at least he returned it..he was just another photo enthusiast..just gotta know one dslr like mine can buy 2 scooters there..so yeah...I even got approached by a drug dealer in Hanoi...quickly hid my camera away...
    U serious? one dslr can buy 2 scooters there.
    Wow like that I have to be careful as I will be gg to Hanoi & Halong Bay on 28 Jan to 1 Feb.
    I think I will only take out my dslr when needed.

    Thinking of take some night shot in Hanoi, btw did you capture some sunset or sunrise at Halong Bay?

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    Just sling your camera across your shoulder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken San View Post

    U serious? one dslr can buy 2 scooters there.
    Wow like that I have to be careful as I will be gg to Hanoi & Halong Bay on 28 Jan to 1 Feb.
    I think I will only take out my dslr when needed.

    Thinking of take some night shot in Hanoi, btw did you capture some sunset or sunrise at Halong Bay?
    Yea the price of a scooter there is about 1000+sg..So for my 7d mk2 can buy about 2..the time I went.which is November was not fantastic..best time to go is sep n oct..best weather...that time I went it was quite foggy n cloudy at halong bay..So no sunrise n sunset

    ....u should check the weather forecast..n the tour guide also said at halong bay the gov is controllingit all..if the tours can proceed into the bay or not despite the weather looking nice....My group was lucky as we manage to go in..after we reached back the new tours couldn't go in..everything was suspended halfa day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eggie87 View Post
    Yea the price of a scooter there is about 1000+sg..So for my 7d mk2 can buy about 2..the time I went.which is November was not fantastic..best time to go is sep n oct..best weather...that time I went it was quite foggy n cloudy at halong bay..So no sunrise n sunset

    ....u should check the weather forecast..n the tour guide also said at halong bay the gov is controllingit all..if the tours can proceed into the bay or not despite the weather looking nice....My group was lucky as we manage to go in..after we reached back the new tours couldn't go in..everything was suspended halfa day...
    Really depends what scooter you are talking about, as well as new or old. $1000 will get you an old 2nd hand one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post

    Really depends what scooter you are talking about, as well as new or old. $1000 will get you an old 2nd hand one.
    Well the hotel bell boy told me he got his 2nd hand good condition scooter for 1.1k so yea..

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    Need some advise.
    I will be heading to Halong Bay and Sung Sot Cave is part of the package tour.
    I just wondering do I need a external flash in the cave to brighten up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken San View Post
    Need some advise.
    I will be heading to Halong Bay and Sung Sot Cave is part of the package tour.
    I just wondering do I need a external flash in the cave to brighten up?
    The cave is lit by different color lights..do don't need to bring ur flash....if u want u could though..I was using the cave lights...iso on the high side..avg iso 5000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken San View Post
    Need some advise.
    I will be heading to Halong Bay and Sung Sot Cave is part of the package tour.
    I just wondering do I need a external flash in the cave to brighten up?
    Not unless you intend to disturb anybody else with your flash.
    The caves are partially quite big, trying to light them up with your flash makes little sense but will definitely destroy the atmosphere there.
    PS: how does your question relate to the original thread topic? Please start your own thread next time instead of crashing into other topics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eggie87 View Post
    The cave is lit by different color lights..do don't need to bring ur flash....if u want u could though..I was using the cave lights...iso on the high side..avg iso 5000
    Thank for ur advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Not unless you intend to disturb anybody else with your flash.
    The caves are partially quite big, trying to light them up with your flash makes little sense but will definitely destroy the atmosphere there.
    PS: how does your question relate to the original thread topic? Please start your own thread next time instead of crashing into other topics.
    Thank for ur advise.
    I find my question is straight to the point; no much discussion abt it; moreover it just a one time off hence I don't intend to start a new thread.
    If this simple question crashing to other topics then I would like to say sorry to TS and everybody; didn't mean to crash your thread and public topic.
    PS: Mod, I very very sorry as I still new here; please forgive me...
    Last edited by Ken San; 16th January 2015 at 04:18 PM.

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    Actually, once I left my point and shoot camera in a cafe in HCM (First time ever I have been so careless!).

    The waiter chased after me across the road to return the camera to me.

    So, its not all bad cases there.

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