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Thousands fill Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’ for Halloween celebration (photos)

Thousands fill Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’ for Halloween celebration (photos)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017, 14:58 GMT+7
Thousands fill Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’ for Halloween celebration (photos)
Congestion happened at the Bui Vien-De Tham Intersection in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on October 31, 2017 as thousands gathered to celebrate Halloween. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Dressed up in a variety of costumes, large crowds gathered at Bui Vien Walking Street in District 1, the most popular road in the city’s ‘backpacker area,’ on Tuesday night.

Pubs and restaurants along the street were decorated in the spirit of the celebration.

Along with the frenetic atmosphere, severe congestion occurred in the area, especially at the intersection of Bui Vien with De Tham Streets.

According to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, parking lots near Bui Vien Street were full.

Parking fees were raised to between VND20,000 (US$0.88) and VND30,000 ($1.32) per motorbike.

A young girl poses wearing a colorful mask.
A young girl poses wearing a colorful mask.
A man dressed up as a mad scientist poses with the crowd on Bui Vien Walking Street.
A man dressed up as a mad scientist poses with the crowd on Bui Vien Walking Street.
A young man puts on horror-themed makeup to celebrate the holiday.
A young man puts on horror-themed makeup to celebrate the holiday.
The crowded Bui Vien Street is seen from above.
The crowded Bui Vien Street is seen from above.
Popular TV host Thanh Bach (C) is seen among the crowd.
Popular TV host Thanh Bach (C) is seen among the crowd.
Locals put on various types of makeup and costumes.
Locals put on various types of makeup and costumes.
Locals put on various types of makeup and costumes.
Locals put on various types of makeup and costumes.
Locals put on various types of makeup and costumes.
Locals put on various types of makeup and costumes.
Foreign visitors join the fun.
Foreign visitors join the fun.
A young boy gets his face painted.
A young boy gets his face painted.
A foreign man has his face painted in the Halloween-theme.
A foreign man has his face painted in the Halloween theme.
Face painting services are offered from VND50,000 ($2.21) to VND100,000 ($4.41) per person.
Face painting services were offered from VND50,000 ($2.21) to VND100,000 ($4.41) per person.
A pub on Bui Vien Street displays Halloween-themed decorations.
A pub on Bui Vien Street displays Halloween-themed decorations.

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