How it works:
- Version 1: they work in a gang – one onlooker, one blocks, pushes, distracts, or engages you, one grabs and the final hides the loot under a cover (e.g. jacket/newspaper) and escapes.
- Version 2: child pickpockets.
- Version 3: females who pretend to proposition you by touching you but are trying to pick your pockets.
Places to beware:
- Da Nang: The Marble Mountains, Lady Buddha, Dragon Bridge, Han River Bridge
- Hanoi: Old Quarter, Temple of Literature & National University, Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), Night Market, Dong Xuan Market, Hang Gai Street (Street of Hemp), Thap Rua Tower
- Hoi An: Hoi An Ancient Town, Hoi An Night Market, An Bang Beach, Japanese Covered Bridge
- Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnants Museum, Central Post Office, Nguyen Hue Street, The Independence Palace, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, Ho Chi Minh City Squares, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Bui Vien Street, Dong Khoi Street, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Chinatown (Cho Lon) – District 5, Suoi Tien Theme Park, Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Binh Tay Market, Ben Thanh Night Market, Russian Market, Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham, Tran Hung Dao
- Hue: Dong Ba Market
- Nha Trang: Ba Ho Waterfall, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Nha Tho Nui, Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang Beach
What to do:
- Passport: carry a photocopy instead of the actual one.
- Valuables: wallet in front pocket, small valuables in a money belt/hidden pouch, large valuables in an anti-theft bag.
- Travel insurance: get a good one that covers theft – check out the various travel insurance comparison platforms to find the best deal that works for you.