Vietnamese tourist reportedly assaulted by resort guards for refusing to hire beach umbrellas

A 40-year-old man was purportedly attacked by the security guards of a resort in the southern coastal city of Vung Tau as he rejected an expensive offer to rent its beach umbrellas on the weekend.


Tourists are seen at a beach in Vung Tau, located in southern Vietnam on February 4, 2014.Tuoi Tre.

The victim, who only agreed to be named T., and his ten-member family had intended to go swimming at the Chi Linh resort beach in Vung Tau on Saturday, but the taxi carrying them stopped at Long Cung beach, managed by the eponymous resort.

T. is a resident in Vung Tau, the former capital city of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, while most of the other family members are from the Mekong Delta, and were apparently spending their summer vacation in the famous beach city.

Long Cung resort attendants then invited the family to hire two umbrellas on the beach for VND800,000 (US$36.75), a price which T. said was too expensive, and he thus rejected the offer, he recalled while speaking to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday.

The resort also suggested he hire a tarpaulin to sit on along the beach for VND300,000 ($13.78), but T. refused this as well and took his family to Thuy Tien, a nearby resort.

But they were stopped by Long Cung security guards on their way to Thuy Tien, and the two sides started a quarrel, then a fight.

T. said he was beaten in the back, arms and legs with sticks, and his head was bleeding. The 40-year-old then reported the incident to police of Ward 10, where the resort is located.

However, when asked by Tuoi Tre, the managers at Long Cung said, citing eyewitnesses, that it was T. who triggered the row and attacked the guards first.

Ward 10 police are investigating the case and will work with Long Cung representatives on it, Nguyen Hiep Chinh, head of the police unit, told Tuoi Tre on Sunday.

The management board that oversees all resorts in Vung Tau also said they will look into the case.

“Any violation, if found, will be sanctioned as per regulations,” Truong Thi Huong, deputy chairwoman of Vung Tau, promised.

Vung Tau is some 100km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. While it used to take two hours and thirty minutes to get there, the travel time is now only 80 minutes thanks to the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway, which opened to traffic in August 2014.

The beach city is popular with tourists from other southern provinces thanks to its close proximity to Ho Chi Minh City, but it is infamous for rip-offs.



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