Ho Chi Minh City delays tourist wharf closure; cruisers stay until late March

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Bach Dang wharf in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Saigon Times Online

Cruise operators in Ho Chi Minh City now have two more months to find an alternative dock before the city’s main tourist wharf, Bach Dang, is shut down for upgrades. 
Bach Dang was first slated for closure on January 1, but the closing time was pushed to January 15, then the end of the month, and now to the end of March, news website Saigon Times Online reported Wednesday. 
A cruise operator’s representative was quoted as saying that the latest adjustment would give them more time, and allow them to operate during Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year holiday that falls in February. 
It would probably be the last delay, the representative said, adding that local cruise operators were “urgently” seeking new places. 
Around 40 boats currently operate along Bach Dang, which sees thousands of tourists a day.
The wharf is possibly the only place in the city where cruisers have been providing city river tours and river dining services. 

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