Since October, business services, including coffee houses, on the railway section running from Dien Bien Phu to Phung Hung streets in Hanoi have been shut down.

The police put up barriers at the entrances to prevent tourists from entering the popular area. Many travellers continue to visit the place but aren’t able to get in.

However, following the closure, dozens of new coffee shops have been opened in the area stretching from Kham Thien Street to alley 202 on Le Duan Street along the railway. These services have attracted hundreds of foreign tourists per day. 

“I have never had a chance to see trains so close before, which is very interesting. So, I don’t want to miss this,” said an American tourist.


Despite the ban, many visitors still tried to access the railway where the train was going through to take photos.

To ensure safety, local authorities installed fences in the Kham Thien-Le Duan area to prevent violations. 

Pieces of wood put on the track by local residents removed  

Nguyen Tong Sy, secretary of Kham Thien Ward Party Committee, said that staff has been assigned to keep a close eye on the area to prohibit coffee services.

Toan Vu (Dtinews)

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