JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Beer parlors encroach on Bui Vien Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, April 15, 2019, 17:03 GMT+7
Beer parlors encroach on Bui Vien Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City
A pub sets up chairs and tables on two-thirds of the roadway on Bui Vien Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The Bui Vien Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’ is no longer reserved for pedestrians as local bars and pubs usually block most of the path by setting up their tables and chairs on the roadway.

It has always been common that restaurants, beer parlors and street food stalls fill the sidewalks along Bui Vien, but the roadway, which is reserved for pedestrians on weekends, has recently been encroached on by these venues, causing immense difficulties for people to walk on the street.

Bui Vien is one of several streets making up the so-called ‘backpacker area’ in Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1.

Since August 20, 2017, the road has become a walking street from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with vehicles being banned from entering the route.

Many venues along the street have taken advantage of this and turned the public space into their business site by placing tables and chairs on the roadway.

Customers sit in the middle of the road.

Customers sit in the middle of the road.

Some facilities take up two-thirds of the road, leaving little space left for pedestrians, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.

These facilities even task their employees with guarding the tables and preventing people from moving the objects.

A few of them hire fire performers to attract more customers.

A fire performer on Bui Vien Street

A fire performer on Bui Vien Street

It is now challenging to walk on Bui Vien, especially on holidays.

The encroachment is less serious during weekdays, when the road is open to traffic, but the situation is no less chaotic as the roadway is filled with vehicles, pedestrians, and customers of local venues.

Local authorities have yet to take any firm action to deal with the issue.

An employee carries a pair of chairs.

An employee carries a pair of chairs.

People have a hard time walking on the pedestrian street.

People have a hard time walking on the pedestrian street.

An employee hands a laughing gas balloon to a customer.

An employee hands a laughing gas balloon to a customer.

Young people enjoy street food in an alley on Bui Vien Street.

Young people enjoy street food in an alley on Bui Vien Street.

The road is filled with vehicles, pedestrians, and customers on a regular weeknight.

The road is filled with vehicles, pedestrians, and customers on a regular weeknight.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news