Hanoi to shut down 'train street' cafes

Date Submitted: 11/08/2021 - 89,067 - View

Hanoi train street is officially closed, the main reason is due to dangerous factors to human life.

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Authorities are clamping down on the cafes that line one of Hanoi's most famous roads, citing overtourism and safety concerns.

On an Old Quarter thoroughfare, known as "train street" locomotives rumble down an active track just inches away from homes and other buildings.
The juxtaposition of train tracks and residential housing has made it hugely popular among travelers to the capital of Vietnam.
But the municipal government of Hanoi, led by the local transit authority, has ordered that cafes alongside the heavily Instagrammed train tracks -- which sprung up to cater to the tourism boom -- close by October 12.

Authorities cite danger to human life as the primary motivator for the shutdown. The boiling point apparently came on Sunday, October 6, when a train traveling through Hanoi was forced to re-route because there were too many tourists on the tracks, which were built in 1902 by the French.
"Though the railway cafes attract tourists, they are, in fact, violating some regulations," Ha Van Sieu, vice chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, told reporters at a press briefing.
He did not mention specific regulations, but noted that the street has been an issue for some time.

When it comes to canyoning, some destinations face more challenges than others. Although the Hanoi government can close cafes, it is difficult to completely shut down a public street inhabited by local residents.
However, crowd control and social media misbehavior is an ongoing issue in the tourism industry, including other destinations in Asia.

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