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Rampant use of “laughing balls” in HCM City’s Bui Vien pedestrian street

On the evening of August 13, VietNamNet observed many people on Bui vien pedestrian street in HCM City using so-called “laughing balls” which contain N2O gas which is only allowed to be traded and produced for use in industrial activities.
The street in District 1, which is dubbed “Western Street”, was packed with local people and tourists on the evening of August 13.
Many people were observed using “laughing balls” at restaurants along the road. Although N2O gas is not banned, this kind of gas is only allowed to be traded and produced for industrial use.

Laughing balls are actually balloons inflated with N2O gas. Dinitrogen monoxide has been used recreationally since the 18th century. It was used medically in the early 20th century for its anesthetic, sedative, and analgesic effects.
As one of the entertainment hubs for both local and foreign tourists in Vietnam’s largest city, Bui Vien pedestrian street is crowded every weekend. It is home to many pastimes that are popular with young people.
The number of foreign tourists to HCM City has risen significantly.
A foreign tourist livestreams at nearly 1am.
The later the hour, the more people come to visit here.
Some bars attract customers by arranging dancers to perform near the doors.
Mr. Cong Son, from District 8, told VietNamNet that he takes his girlfriend to Bui Vien street every weekend. 
A young couple from the neighboring province of Binh Duong said this was the first time visiting here. They were impressed by the bustle of the place.
Thuy Van, 31, from Hanoi said that Bui Vien is similar to Ta Hien Street in Hanoi.

Chi Hung

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