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More Road Closures For Downtown Saigon Ahead Of Tonight's Fireworks Show

There will be only a slight reprieve from road closures today in downtown Saigon with the city announcing that it will block off vehicle traffic to streets near the Bitexco Tower in advance of tonight’s fireworks display.

The closures, which will be in effect from 8pm to 10:30pm, will be more limited than those of this morning and will include parts of Ham Nghi, Pho Duc Chinh, Nguyen Hue, Dong Khoi, Le Loi, Vo Van Kiet and Ton Duc Thang Streets, according to Thanh Nien.

Fireworks shows in downtown Saigon draw massive crowds and typically result in hours of gridlock, so it looks like the city is seeking to avoid these pitfalls, calling on drivers to make use of local parking facilities.

Large crowds gathered to take in this New Year's fireworks. 

“Vehicles can be left at several sidewalk parking lots on Lam Son, Thi Sach, Ham Nghi, Ton That Thiep, at the Central Post Office, Sunwah Tower and at the corner of Ton Duc Thang and Nguyen Huu Canh. There are also parking spaces under the Grand Hotel on Dong Khoi, Saigon Center on Le Loi, Kumho and Sofitel Plaza on Le Duan, and Vincom towers,” writes the newspaper.

Like the large fireworks display held to ring in 2015, the festive explosive devices will be set off on the Bitexco Tower and adjacent buildings in addition to “other historic and entertainment spots in Districts 9, 11, Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh and Can Gio” at 9:45pm.

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