After Ho Chi Minh City, the beach city of Vung Tau is planning to open a pedestrian-only street with a night market in a bid to lure more tourists.
The government of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province last week ordered Ngoi Sao Bien Saigon Company, the developer of the walking street project, to submit a detailed report on the plan.
Under the plan, a section of Thuy Van Street along the Bai Sau Beach area will be transformed into a walking street with a night market along the road.
The walking street and the night market, which will be open from 4p.m. to 2a.m. everyday, will cover an area of 12,000m2, and stretch 600 metres.
According to Vung Tau authorities, there will be 250 kiosks selling foods and souvenirs.
The project is estimated to cost VND25 billion (US$1.1 million).
Vung Tau’s government expects to attract more tourists after the city’s tourism sector was marked to be inadequate for tourism.
Mr. Vu Hong Thuan, chief of Vung Tau City’s Urban Management Department, told the press the project will bring more good vibes to the Bai Sau Beach area, which is not usually crowded at night.
The developer of the project also aims to restore the status of Vung Tau as a popular tourist spot, making it not only a weekend retreat destination but also a regular place for tourists in southern Vietnam to visit.
According to local police, some of Vung Tau’s seafood complexes are notorious for fights and brawls.
Therefore, they suggest that the new night market not sell seafood and drinks, due to public concerns.
They would prefer the new market sell souvenirs and other products only.
But a night market without food doesn’t sound a good idea.
Local authorities are also concerned about food hygiene and safety, fire hazards and traffic safety at the proposed night market.
If the market is completed, Vung Tau’s traffic police will have many things to do as congestion may happen at the area. Parking lots and hygiene are the top priorities for the project.
Back before 2016, Vung Tau received plenty of criticism for dirty beaches, rampant street vending and other activities on its beaches.
A 2015 ban on street vending, drinking and cooking on beaches to deter pollution was strictly enforced from April 2016.
Since then things have improved and more and more tourists are returning to Vung Tau.