DestinationsToo close for comfort: Shops told they must leave trackside tourist magnet.

Hanoi train street gets red flag

Authorities in Hanoi wave red flag at one of the city’s most Instagrammed streets.
Authorities in Hanoi wave red flag at one of the city’s most Instagrammed streets. Photo Credit: Unsplash/Silver Ringvee

Authorities in Hanoi have finally lost patience with vendors along a street where trains travel along a track within touching distance of homes and businesses.

Despite Hanoi Train Street being an Instagram favourite with tourists, authorities in the Vietnam capital says the risk of injury is too great to allow activities in the street to continue.

The street has long been one of the most popular tourist sites in Hanoi and a regular favourite on social media. 

The train track is still operational, and CNN says there have been security issues with tourists who like to sit, lie down and pose on the tracks. 

After several warnings, the Hanoi regional government is now taking action by revoking licences for coffee shops and other businesses along the street.

In addition, barricades are already being put in place to stop tourists from accessing the street.

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