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I don't want to ride boat or barge in Vietnam period. The last time I was in a barge, there were so many huge trucks and cargoes. The barge owners and workers do not weight trucks and cars or anything. So, it is a good idea to skip barge and boat in Vietnam.


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Some of these boats are definitely scary !! Witch reminds me.. There were two ferry's that my wife and I had to take between her parents house in the country and HCM city. I couldn't help but chuckle a little when I saw one for the first time. I think the diesel motor that they were using must have been at least twice my age. I wasn't too impressed with the captains "skills" either. However... what I found to be the real danger was the boarding and disembarking of these vessels. When the captain finally landed the craft and the ramp came down it instantly turned into pandemonium. Everyone just starts up their bikes and blasts up the ramp before anyone has come off of the ferry. There was absolutely no order to it at all. I was blown away at the absence of patience and total disregard for each others safety. If you value the hide on your legs and ankles.. I would definitely stay back for a few minutes and let all of the pushy people on and off first !!

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According to RFA (Radio Free Asia) radio, each victim will be compensated about $20 million DONG from the boat owner's insurance policy and the same amount from the local gov't for a total of $40 million DONG, which roughly equals to $1,925 USD.

Yip, that's how much your life is worth in Vietnam.

Who still insists in living in VN?


Just remember, life over there in VN is NOT real! Your money will be worth a LOT less once you get back over here. Back to reality, cowboy!

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According to RFA (Radio Free Asia) radio, each victim will be compensated about $20 million DONG from the boat owner's insurance policy and the same amount from the local gov't for a total of $40 million DONG, which roughly equals to $1,925 USD.

Yip, that's how much your life is worth in Vietnam.

Who still insists in living in VN?

However, if these were foreign tourists, hopefully they were smart enough to get traveler's insurance and their policy will also pay them. Knowing that local insurance & responsibility will be based on local currency is EXACTLY the reason they have these products.

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I'm nervous about this because my parents are going to visit Vietnam and probably go on one of these boats (not sleep on one but tour on one for a day or so). I really wish they would reconsider, but they are adamant about doing this anyway. I suppose this sort of thing does not happen too often, but I still worry, you know?

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I'm nervous about this because my parents are going to visit Vietnam and probably go on one of these boats (not sleep on one but tour on one for a day or so). I really wish they would reconsider, but they are adamant about doing this anyway. I suppose this sort of thing does not happen too often, but I still worry, you know?

Don't worry about it. I'm pretty sure people do far more dangerous things all the time.

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According to RFA (Radio Free Asia) radio, each victim will be compensated about $20 million DONG from the boat owner's insurance policy and the same amount from the local gov't for a total of $40 million DONG, which roughly equals to $1,925 USD.

Yip, that's how much your life is worth in Vietnam.

Who still insists in living in VN?

That figure is accurate and I still insist upon living in Vietnam.

2 years and counting DQ. Keep the motivational comments coming. :thumbs:

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