Vietnam has a big noise problem


April 3, 2022 | 8:45 p.m. PT

A loudspeaker serving customers singing karaoke outdoors at a restaurant in HCMC, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Bich

Karaoke, weddings, beer pubs are among the loudest places in Vietnam, VnExpress International readers complained.

“Every day we have 3-6 karaoke nights competing. Sometimes on the rooftops or until 11 p.m. the drunks piss on my wall and where everyone is stepping. It’s just more blah blah blah no action. If they were smart, go inside, close the windows, turn down the volume and sing all night. They show no respect for their children or their neighbors.

“People just have no respect for other people. Do karaoke at all hours on a jet, for example.”

“The worst of the worst noises at HCMC is the incredibly high volume from weddings and karaoke venues.”
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“Most of these noises are from dinner conversations…interior voices. Interior voices. Sshhhh. That’s it. That’s good.”

“My worst nightmare is drinking from bia hoi (lager) pub in Hanoi. The locals are screaming at each other so loudly there.”

“What really makes me cringe is the constant unnecessary shouting.”

“Still, the Vietnamese government wonders why the percentage of return from tourism is so low. This is a major reason.”


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