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Bars, clubs and restaurants in Hanoi may soon be open late, thanks to a new push to lift the city’s midnight curfew.

Last week, during a meeting on tourism promotion, Hanoi city chairman Nguyen Duc Chung told government officials he was hoping to get rid of the ban in an effort to bring foreign visitors more nightlife, reports Vietnam News. Currently, venues in Hanoi are only permitted to stay open until midnight, while bars and restaurants within high-end hotels are allowed to keep their doors open until 2am.

According to Chung, foreigners consider Hanoi’s nightlife a “specialty” of the city, and removing the capital’s midnight curfew would promote this specialty.

Other officials, however, cautioned about the need for an age limit on all-night venues.

While the capital is finally loosening its tie, Da Nang seeks to become stricter with its late-night revellers, as the central city’s traffic police plan to submit a proposal banning the sale of alcohol past 10pm, reports Thanh Nien.

Colonel Le Ngoc, chief of Da Nang’s traffic police, aims to put the ban in place as an effort to decrease traffic accidents and drunk driving.

Col. Ngoc is also responsible for the new 45-minute mortality lecture that applicants are required to sit through when obtaining their motorbike driver’s license.

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