Hanoi Police have asked travel companies not to take tourists to the famous railway line in Hoan Kiem District.
The train track cafes
Hanoi authorities have tried to shut down the cafes along the railway due to safety concerns since October 2019. However, four months later, many people continue to go to the railway to take photos and cafe shops are still open.
Hoan Kiem District police asked tour agencies in the city to continue finding solutions to ensure the rail corridor and tourist safety. They must also ask tourists to not go there and notify them about the city authorities' shutdown decision.
Colonel Bui Van Dang, deputy head of Hoan Kiem Police Department, said, "After the shutdown decision, several cafe shops still open and tour agencies still bring tourists there."
Dang confirmed that they would work with all tour agencies to explain to tourists.
Pham Tuan Long, vice chairman of Hoan Kiem People's Committee, said, "We'll continue promoting the decision and railway safety to everyone. We'll manage this area better so that there will be no one taking selfies or sitting on the train track."
The owners pledged to comply with regulations on prohibited commercial activities within a minimum distance of 1.5 m from the railway, as well as to draw safety lines and install stainless steel bars on the front of each store and house.
The interest in the thrilling railway cafes shows the limited awareness of railway safety. It is improper to do business in an operating railway.