Crumpler Bags in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi Crumpler Bags

Crumpler Bags in Hanoi, Vietnam are found along Dinh Tien Hoang Street or Cao Go Road which is facing the Hoan Kiem Lake in town center.

As many would claim these are fakes, rest assured most of them are either over-run or excess stock where the factory making Crumpler Bags are located in Vietnam but there have been cases where knock offs are also found here.

I was told by a camera buddy to check out these cool camera bags while visiting Hanoi so on my last traveling day, I paid a visit to this area. 

Another popular landmark for this is the Water Puppet Show in Hanoi. The street selling these bags is just about a hundred meters from this attraction.

Walking along the busy street here, I must have seen at least 10 shops selling all kinds of bags. Note that not all the shops sell Crumpler Bags here, only about three to four shops would carry them in multiple sizes.

Most of the others just have one or two designs and I would avoid these shops and go for the full range ones. You will also see brands like North Face, LeSportsac (Le Sports Sac), Adidas, Nike and many other popular brands along this street.

Hanoi Crumpler Bags
Crumpler Bags in Hanoi

Bargaining while buying your bags here is possible as some of them are pretty acceptable while do not be turned off if you find some other places not budging on their prices.

Trust me, I tried going to one shop and the lady gave me a price, so I knocked it down by 5% to counter offer but she declined and said it was the price she opened at. So I gave her the old 'thank-you-and-walk-away' move but she couldn't be bothered. So much for my bargaining skills.

Eventually I went back to one of the first few shops as they carried an impressive range of bags here. Available were Crumpler Knapsacks to all sorts of sling type bags in various sizes.

The polite Vietnamese lady manning the shop which doubled as a home in the back was clearly helpful in assisting me while I must have spent a good hour choosing my bag there.

Hanoi Crumpler Bag Shop
Crumpler Bag Shop in Hanoi City

Hanoi Crumpler Bags
Tons of bags
I was skeptical at first due to the uncertainty of the bags - were they fake knock offs or were they the real thing.

Research on the Internet showed that most of those who posted information claimed that all the bags here were knock offs so I casually asked this lady about the authenticity of the bags sold.

Her reply - No, they were not fakes but were in fact over-runs or smuggled excess stock made for the local sellers.

Yes, the Crumpler Factory is in Vietnam too. Not that she wanted to reveal her little secret on how they obtain stock, but she was convincing enough. 

Close inspection on the bags showed no flaws or errors on any of them. She assured me that if I took this to a Crumpler Store anywhere in the world, you would see that these were the real deal.

Eventually after carefully choosing a medium sized sling type design, I settled for a dark khaki coloured bag.

The price? I managed to bring it down from VND 600,000 (US$30) to VND 530,000 (US$27) considering I bought only one bag here.

But I told her I would let all my friends know about her shop when they visited Hanoi. By the way, her shop is the first one selling bags as you walk from City View or City Bank in town center.

Mind you this was in April 2010 and so far in the last 7 months, the bag has served me well. No broken zippers or tears as the bag has been well traveled through sun, rain, and sea.

I now regret that I should have bought the Crumpler Knapsack as well. Prices in Malaysia or Singapore are almost three to four times more for these trendy camera bags.

Hanoi LeSportsac Bags
LeSportsac Bags in Hanoi

If you are looking for a camera bag and visiting Vietnam, Hanoi or HCMC is the place to source for them. Rest assured you will be spoilt for choices here but please take note that other types of duffel bags, suitcases and knapsacks sold here are mostly knock offs.

Meaning the top brand bags like Adidas, Jack Wolfskin, Nike and a few others. As for The North Face Bags sold here, I am quite unsure about them as I never did inquire though I saw a number of places selling them by the Hoan Kiem Lake.

How do you spot a fake Crumpler Bag?

Well firstly, the logo will be a little out of shape and the stitching would be in poor quality. Next, there is no name tag inside, then the inner colour is different from the original bags.

For example - The original 6 Million Dollar Home Bag in blue and black is lime green on the inside while the fake one comes in other colours. This applies to the hard core bag lovers.

Where to find Crumpler Bags in Hanoi?


Try visiting Shops Number 31-45 along Dinh Tien Hoang Street for the best selection of bags. When I walked around the Old Quarter in Hanoi, I never did see anyone selling these bags so up to date, they are only found around the lake.

Brands include Crumpler, North Face, LeSportsac, Kipling, Lowepro, Nike, Adidas and more. Quality ranges from medium to excellent so you hardly see any poor and cheap quality here. Prices are around the US$8 to $50+. Bargaining is encouraged here.

For your added info, there is also a couple of shops opposite the Bo Ho Bus Stop with genuine Crumpler Bags available in various sizes too.

For those who want to transfer digital images from your camera to DVD, you can try the camera shop next to the KFC in the center of town where City View is. They are fast and professional.

You can also read my other articles about the world renown Ipa Nima Bags in Hanoi which are a hit among the women and ladies. 

For the coffee lovers, I tried the famous Weasel Coffee in Hanoi which is a must-try here for anyone who loves coffee and the incredible Vietnamese coffee culture.

For photographers, I also managed to do some night exploration to get some Hanoi Old Quarter at Night Pictures and also pictures of the Hanoi Street Life Picture

My conclusion to buying these bags - If you are on a budget, wanting to try it out or suddenly in need of one urgently, this would be your optimum choice. For a good price, you can find some really good camera Crumpler Bags in Hanoi.
Crumpler Bags in Hanoi, Vietnam Crumpler Bags in Hanoi, Vietnam Reviewed by David Jr on Monday, October 25, 2010 Rating: 5

19 comments:

CathJ said...

wowww....

I didn't managed to fly for my Vietnam trip... sad... due to health problem.. thank God I got my flight refund..

David Jr said...

Well, there's always next year :) Hope you make it there.

David

Lily Riani said...

some of the stuff there is really worth while buying. most malaysian love to buy their embroidery stuff.

adventureswithben said...

Thanks for the tips. I love the art of bargaining - even better when it's a real brand (and lasts a while).

David Jr said...

Lily, actually if you really spend time exploring the area, there are a lot of interesting items to buy there. Great stuff too.

Adventureswithben - You're most welcome. Hope you practice the art when you explore Southeast Asia.

Regards,
David

aud said...

I met an Aussie traveller in KL who just got back from Vietnam and had bought a faux/knock-off Crumpler Mahoubar for USD30. Closer inspection revealed a dodgy logo and poor stitching quality.

In HCMC there are a few places which had these Crumplers as well. I did not buy any.

Maybe your bag is an authentic factory run, in which case, is a bargain!! :)

Jason said...

David,

Thanks for the tips on Crumpler bags. I'm thinking about a trip there next year, so I'll be checking back for some more tips.

Jason

David Jr said...

Hi Aud, thanks for your insight to the bags. I too believed they were mostly knockoffs but apparently it is true that the over-run stock is available and the shop which I bought mine from is one of them.

Jason, hope you get some good deals there. Again, do look out for the signs for fakes.

David

the destination india said...

great tips. there are good items to buy there. keep it up.

Luggage Sets said...

Thanks for the tips on Crumpler bags. Thanks for the nice tips. Thanks so much......

Kristy said...

I will be there :-)

David Jr said...

Thanks guys! Kristy, hope you have a fab time in Hanoi and enjoy the coffee and shopping.

David

Nancie said...

I am a bag lady :) Very difficult for me to pass up a good deal. Here in Korea the price of Crumpler is high. I may have to just make a little side trip to Hanoi this winter. (I wish Vietnam would let up on the cost of their Visa!)

David Jr said...

Heya Nancie, yeah, I heard they increased the visa for foreigners and a lot of people are complaining about this. Hopefully you get a few and sell them to your friends to make up for the visa fees this winter?

David

Anonymous said...

i live in HCM VietNam, i think almost them is Fake one, but here still get some store get real items and the price just 1/2 for official price, if you come to hcm , you can email me for the sell the real one,
my email is k9thongth@mythuat.edu.vn, Best Regar!

Cephas said...

Hi! i will be coming vietnam a few days time, i wonder how can i get to this place? how far is it from the airport? thank you

David Jr said...

Cephas, thanks. The shop is next to the lake as mentioned in the article. It is about 20-30 mins from the main airport too. Just tell the taxi to head to City View Building and look for the Citybank, it is just a few doors away from the bank.

anhhh said...

Thanks for sharing those info. Hanoi is an amazing city where classic and modern seem to be perfectly mixed. I can find all modern stuffs i need at this corner but also on another corner, i see traditional things belonging to this country only. Walking in the old quarter (an area of 36 streets)is great fun with a lot of things to see. Hand-made things there are awesome.

Anonymous said...

this is might to late to ask? but do they have 8 millions dollar home bag series?

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