When some social distancing measures were lifted in HCMC as no new cases of the coronavirus pandemic had been found, Saigon has come to life again in one way or another.
The HCM City Department of Tourism has estimated that the city’s tourism industry suffered losses worth close to VND10 trillion (US$426.2 million) in the first quarter of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s a diminutive version of backpacker hangouts in Bangkok and Saigon, but Hanoi’s Ta Hien Street has its own charm.
Plans to pedestrianize backpacker streets and nearby areas in Saigon and Hanoi have sent land prices through the roof to around US$22,000 per square meter, on average.
A warehouse in Saigon's backpacker area burnt to the ground in the early hours of August 13 morning. No casualties were reported but the warehouse was consumed by the fire.
Ho Chi Minh City will expand pedestrian area in District 1 to include Bui Vien Street as from July 15.
A heart-touching documentary made by two foreigners has shown a hidden aspect of Bui Vien Street in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested a Russian man accused of stealing an iPhone from a restaurant manager last week.
VOV.VN -Bui Vien, De Tham, and Pham Ngu Lao are three main western streets in Ho Chi Minh City, where most backpacking travellers stay during their holiday.