Hustle and bustle returns instantly to Saigon's beer street

By Huu Khoa   May 14, 2020 | 07:04 am GMT+7
After bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen a few days ago, Bui Vien, Saigon's backpacker Mecca, is again buzzing.
From May 8, authorities in HCMC allowed all non-essential services to reopen, except karaoke parlors and disco following Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phucs order a day earlier. Immediately, party-goeers flock to Bui Vien backpacker street in District 1 to fun and game with food stalls, nail salons and beer clubs busy for welcoming tourists back.

On May 8 city authorities allowed all "non-essential" services except karaoke parlors and disco to reopen following Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's order a day earlier. Party-goers immediately began to flock to the street in District 1 for fun and games, food, manicures, and beer clubs.

Most of beer clubs and food stalls are full, with customers occupying the sidewalk of both sides of the street.Since mid-March, all bars, massage, karaoke parlors, beer clubs and discotheques in the country were closed in an effort to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Most beer clubs and food shops are full, with customers occupying the sidewalks on both sides. The street had virtually been closed off since mid-March in an effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite business resumption, some beer clubs and other business establishments still check body temperature of visitors and disinfect their hands with sanitizers.

Some beer clubs and other business establishments check visitors’ body temperatures and disinfect their hands with sanitizers.

A street vendor performs street dance on Bui Vien to cheer visitors.

A street candy vendor performs a dance to cheer visitors.

Lee Ju Gyeong, a South Korean expat, livestreams fun activities to broadcast on his YouTube channel. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I still choose to stay in Vietnam, a safe country. Congratulations to Vietnam for controling Covid-19 pandemic, he said.  After the pandemic ends, I will bring my family to Vietnam to travel, Lee said. Vietnam has recorded 288 Covid-19 cases so far, with 252 having recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The country has recorded no community transmission in the last 27 days.

Lee Ju Gyeong, a South Korean expat, livestreams fun activities to broadcast on his YouTube channel. He said: "During the Covid-19 pandemic, I chose to stay in Vietnam, a safe country. Congratulations to Vietnam for controlling the pandemic. After the pandemic ends, I will bring my family to Vietnam for traveling."

Vietnam has recorded 288 Covid-19 cases so far, with no deaths. Thirty six are active infections. There has been no community transmission for the last 27 days.

Without face masks, customers gather in crowds to drink beer. Though the government allowed the resumption of business services to revive the tourism and economy, people are still advised to wear face masks and use hand sanitizers in public places.

Customers flock to drink beer without face masks. The government allowed the resumption of businesses to revive the economy and tourism sector, but has instructed people to wear masks and use hand sanitizers in public.

Vietnam still ban foreigners and suspend international flights to control Covid-19 crisis, there are few Western tourists on Bui Vien at this time. Therefore, my business is not as good as before said Nhung pushing a fruit cart at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

"Nhung, pushing a fruit cart at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, said: "Vietnam still bans foreigners' entry and international flights are suspended to control Covid-19. So there are few Western tourists on Bui Vien at this time. Therefore, my business is not as good as before."

A man shows his fire eating performance amid the crowds on Bui Vien. Staying at home for too long, upon hearing that Bui Vien backpacker street resumes operation, I and my colleagues were very happy. My income is low because there are not many Western tourists but I hope the pandemic could pass quickly so that everyone can get regular jobs, said Tran Minh Vu, 14, a street circus artist.

A man breathes fire to entertain the crowds.

Tran Minh Vu, 14, a circus artist who sometimes performs on the street, said: "After staying at home for so long I and my colleagues were very happy to hear that Bui Vien Street has resumed. My income is low because there are not many Western tourists, but I hope the pandemic will pass quickly so that everyone can have their regular jobs."

Two expats chat  while enjoying the bustling atmosphere of Bui Vien which was closed for more than a month.

Two expats enjoy the bustling atmosphere of Bui Vien which had been closed for more than a month.

Bui Vien is dubbed Saigon beer street and closed to vehicles on weekends. It is popular with foreign tourists for its bustle and energy, beer clubs, bars and pubs, loud music, blinking lights, and atmosphere of general cheer.Vietnam has eased its social distancing restrictions since April 23 and allowed popular tourist destinations to reopen.

Bui Vien, dubbed "Saigon beer street," is closed to vehicles during weekends. It is popular among foreign tourists for its energy, beer clubs, bars and pubs, loud music, lights, and general atmosphere of cheer.

Vietnam has eased its social distancing restrictions since April 23 and allowed popular tourist destinations to reopen.

 
 
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