Foreign tourists have reported an increasing number of robberies in the beach city of Nha Trang this month, local authorities said.
In the latest case, Heather Claire Wymer, a 30-year-old tourist from Australia, reported to police she lost an iPhone 4 after she arrived in Nha Trang from Hoi An on Monday.
She believed she was pick-pocketed by two xe om drivers, who staged a quarrel after driving Wymer and her sister from a bus station to a motel.
Wymer said gave a VND50,000 note to the drivers and asked them to share themselves, but they pretended to have an argument about the money, demanding to be paid separately.
Five minutes later, when she checked in at the hotel, Wymer realized her iPhone 4 had disappeared.
One day earlier, Kim Rooney, a 23-year-old tourist from Ireland, reported to police three local women grabbed her handbag and attacked her after finding she had no money.
At around 4 a.m. on Sunday, Rooney left the Sailing Club bar after her birthday party. On the way to her hotel, three women grabbed the bag from her hands. She fell to the ground. After they found no money in the bag, she said they beat her up.
The Anh Duong Co., a local company that organizes trips for Russian tourists to Nha Trang, said at least six tourists have been robbed between November 3 and 16.
On November 10, a Russian tourist named Natalia was hit in the face by a group of men, who later grabbed her handbag, while she was walking on the Nha Trang beach, the company said.
To Dang Thanh Liem, an officer at the Tay Ba Lo Motel (Backpackers Motel), told the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) that seven foreigners staying at the motel have been robbed since September.
On November 18, Tran Son Hai, deputy chairman of Khanh Hoa Province People's Committee, ordered provincial police to increase patrols to prevent foreign tourists from being robbed.