Following a similar project in Hanoi, officials from Saigon are planning to pilot an open-top trial double-decker bus tour around downtown Saigon.

The Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department recently announced its intention to try an open-top double-decker bus route through Nha Rong Wharf on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, the Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum on Le Duan Street, the War Remnants Museum on Vo Van Tan Street, Ton Duc Thang Street, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Truong Dinh Street and Cong Xa Paris Street, according to Tuoi Tre.

The proposal came from the JSC Vietnamamtourism-Hanoi which, if approved, would oversee the pilot program.

The company had previously suggested that Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street was going to be a bus tour destination. The Department of Transport, however, wants a stop at the Municipal Theatre, as Nguyen Hue would be too crowded for the busses to arrive and depart conveniently.

The department also suggested adjusting the operating time from 9am-6:30pm to 9am-4:30pm to avoid exacerbating traffic problems during rush hour, as reported by Nguoi Lao Dong.

In addition, the plan must also take into account passenger safety on the upper deck, as electrical and telecommunications wires along streets like Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Tran Cao Van, Vo Van Tan, Ba Huyen Thanh Quan and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia have yet to be underground.

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