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The Guardian names Hanoi among safer spaces for women

Updated at Thursday, 20 Sep 2018, 21:16
The Hanoitimes - The Guardian, a UK newspaper has announced its research article with theme “What would a truly walkable city look like?”, aiming to introduce many kinds of safe urbans or the policies which put people off walking.
Susan Claris, associate director of transport consulting at the design and planning company Arup, described Hanoi among the safer places for women. Safe public toilets are something Susan Claris of Arup calls a “huge indicator of a civilized, walkable city.”
 
Hanoi.
A view of Hanoi.
In Vietnam, Action Aid, an international non-governmental organization, found 87% of women and girls had experienced sexual harassment in public places, and that they felt least safe in public toilets, many of which have unisex entrances, as well as on buses.
Action Aid, Plan International and UN Women are developing pilot locations in cities across the country to test different interventions, such as street lighting. Action Aid launched an app called S-City for people to report how safe or unsafe they feel on the street, in the workplace, or in schools, buses or public toilets. A map of the crowdsourced safety data helps others choose the safest route. The data will also be used to monitor how cities are performing and call for improvements.
Earlier, Hello, a UK weekly magazine has named Hanoi the number one city on its seven best destinations in Asia for backpackers.
Ideal for travelers on a tight budget, Vietnam’s capital city is one of the cheapest destinations for backpackers. “Not only is accommodation and food reamarkably affordable, but you’ll be spoiled for choice of things to see and do in the city, which has a mix of Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences,” Helle magazine wrote.
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hai Ba Trung Temple and Hoa Lo Prison Museum are just three of the popular attractions, while backpackers often spend their evenings gathered at bia hoi (draft beer) bars across Hanoi, where you’ll find the cheapest beer in the world, the magazine added.
The number of foreign visitors to Hanoi in the first eight months of 2018 is estimated at 3.8 million, a 19.8% increase from the same last year, according to the Hanoi Department of Tourism.
In August alone, over 2.2 million visitors arrived in Hanoi, a 8.2% from the same last year. Of the total, 458,333 were foreign visitors, representing an on-year jump of 13%, 330,000 were domestic holidaymakers, a 14% from the same last year.
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