Can Tho pedestrian street to make its debut this weekend

 Can Tho pedestrian street to make its debut this weekend

Ninh Kieu Wharf in Can Tho City at night. Photo by Shutterstock/Andy Tran.

Authorities in Can Tho City will pilot a pedestrian street in Ninh Kieu District starting May 1 to give fillip to local tourism and night economy.

The pedestrian street on Hai Ba Trung Street along Ninh Kieu Wharf, a top tourist attraction in the Mekong Delta city, will open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Saturday, said Nguyen Ngoc Anh, vice chairman of Ninh Kieu District people's committee.

Southern region-style music performances, folk games and cultural shows would be staged along the street, apart from shopping and dining opportunities.

The street is part of a plan approved by city authorities last February to pilot night-time services in Ninh Kieu District.

Can Tho, home to Cai Rang floating market, the biggest of its kind in the Mekong Delta where trading along waterways has been a way of life for generations, has emerged as a popular tourist destination.

In July 2020, the government approved a master plan for night-time economy development in the country, allowing major tourist destinations like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Da Lat and Phu Quoc to pilot night-time services from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Hanoi, HCMC, Quang Ninh, Hue and Hoi An are among those now piloting such services.

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