A Vietnamese tour guide has been fined for evading entrance tickets to Hoi An by taking foreign tourists through a shortcut.
Le Trung Quang, 28, was fined a total of VND7 million (US$315) for avoiding paying for tickets and causing a public nuisance. He fought with security guards after he was caught.
On January 10 Quang reportedly took eight South Korean tourists to Hoi An without buying entrance tickets for them, which cost VND120,000 (US$5.30) per person. Instead, he led them through an alley to enter the old quarter.
After security officers detected the act, they chased after him, causing a chaotic scene.
Someone filmed the chase and posted it on the Internet. In the seven-minute video, Quang is shown stumbling and yelling at the officers.
According to Hoi An authorities, ticket fees had already been included in the tour packages, but Quang avoided paying to appropriate the money.
Ngo Thong, Hoi An security chief, said Tho’s case was not rare and that last year 1,031 tour guides were caught evading tickets in 2015.
So far, only three tour guides have been fined, for a total of VND15 million, he said.
“And this is just the detected cases. Surely there were still many other undetected violators,” he said.
Currently, Hoi An has 11 ticket counters at almost all major entrances.
Nguyen Thi Nhung, deputy chairwoman of Hoi An Culture, Sports and Tourism Center, said there should be stricter measures to prevent ticket avoidance.
She said the violation is particularly serious in the evening, when the number of tourists is high.