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In Vietnam, foreign tourists turned off by early-to-bed cities

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 11:39 GMT+7
In Vietnam, foreign tourists turned off by early-to-bed cities
Beer vendors on Bui Vien Street put chairs on the roadway to serve their customers in a photo taken in January 2014.

Many international tourists in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City say they are put to sleep well before the stroke of midnight as there are no places to spend their time when most services are early to bed.

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British man Joseph really enjoyed his first-ever night drinking beer on the sidewalk of Bui Vien Street, known as the ‘backpackers’ area’ in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, but was turned off by the second and third try.

The new experience quickly went from being interesting to boring to the 24-year-old Londoner, he told newswire VnExpress.

Joseph would spend a week in the southern metropolis but how to have fun in the remaining four days seems a tough problem.

Lacking entertainment activities, especially when night falls, has emerged as new reason as to why international tourists find Vietnam less-interesting compared to regional tourism spots, according to a recent conference in Hanoi.

Giacomo Scarlatti, an Italian holidaymaker in Hanoi, also told VnExpress he has nothing else to do but go to sleep early, after drinking some beer with his friends in Ho Chi Minh City.

Scarlatti has been in Vietnam for nearly a month, a time long enough for him to realize the lack of bars, clubs and relaxing places in the country.

Foreign vacationers in Hanoi suffer the same problem, as the Vietnamese capital too is an early-to-bed city, according to VnExpress.

John, hailing from the English city of Manchester, said in the UK and other European cities, people can go out to have fun after midnight, by which most restaurants and stores in Hanoi shut their door.

There are a few bars and clubs that open through midnight, but guests will be told to leave after a short while, according to the Englishman.

For Andrew, a Moscow tourist, it is really hard to find a place to play after in Hanoi after 11:00 pm, unlike in the west.

The Vietnam trip of foreign tourists can be summed up into a circle: eat street food – drink beer – go home early, according to American man Perry.

The 30-year-old tourist said he loves Vietnam, but Thailand is his favorite destination.

“I had fun there and will come back several times,” he said.

Lender and his girlfriend had visited Bangkok before their arrival to Hanoi, and the Germans asserted that the Thai city is a real destination for tourists.

International holidaymakers always complain there are few places to spend their time and money on, and the trips thus end up boring.

While trying street food and drinking beer are commonplace, tourists will soon lose interest if they have no other things to play with, especially for those who take long trips of ten days to a month.

Emilio Fuse, who comes from Argentina, said he does love Vietnam and its people, but the lack of relaxing activities just left him cold.

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