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Vietnamese people rise early and consider sleeping in to be a sure indication of illness. Offices, museums and many shops open be tween 7am and 8am and close between 4pm and 5pm. Post offices keep longer hours and are generally open from 6.30am to 9pm. Banks are generally open from 8 am to 11.30am and 1pm to 4pm during the week and 8 am to 11.30am on Saturday. Most government offices are open on Saturday until noon but are closed on Sunday. Most museums are closed on Monday while temples and pagodas are usually open every day from around 8 am to 9pm. Many of the small privately owned shops, restaurants and street stalls stay open seven days a week, often until late at night. Lunch is taken very seriously and virtually everything shuts down between noon and 1.30pm. Government workers tend to take longer breaks, so figure on getting nothing done between 11.30am and 2pm.