Walking streets to have snack zones


HO CHI MINH CITY, 17 March 2017: Ho Chi Minh City authorities will allow vendors to sell goods and food on some street pavements in the Pham Ngu Lao Ward in District 1.

Local media reported that a draft plan, written up by city’s Department of Tourism and District 1 People’s Committee, will include upgrading infrastructure and redirecting traffic on Pham Ngu Lao and De Tham streets and turning Bui Vien into a pedestrian walkway at night.

Pham Ngu Lao Ward People’s Committee vice chairman, Cao Hong Viet, was quoted saying owners of food and drink stalls will be allowed to park vehicles, or set up vendor stalls, on pavements from 1700 at specific sections of pedestrian streets.  

“We’ll try to build more cultural, art and food events here to attract more visitors,” the vice chairman said.

In addition, the Bui Vien Pedestrian Street will be open from 1900 to 0000 and until 0400 during public holidays.

The city’s tourism sector targets 5.5 million foreign tourists and 24 million domestic visitors, with a forecasted revenue of USD4.9 billion this year.

Last year, Ho Chi Minh City welcomed over 5.2 million visitors, a rise of 10% over 2015, and served 21.8 million domestic visitors, up 10% year-on-year.